Gay For You Mini Poll

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Last week on the blog there was a mini poll on Gay for You. Many of you commented on this topic, the highest number since I introduced the mini polls – 149 bloggers.

Here’s how you voted

Can’t get enough – 13%
I enjoy it as long as it’s plausible and well done – 59%
Only if there’s a supernatural element i.e. mates - 9%
Don’t like it as a rule – 20%
Hate it – no way - 2%

Based on your votes it seems that the gay for you theme is well loved by the majority of M/M readers, despite what you said on other polls.*g* Anonymity is power :) So authors, you can continue to write those unrealistic gay for you stories because the readers really love them, based on 72% of this vote, but remember they have to be plausible and well done (the percentages are rounded so they don’t quite add up to 100). Thanks everyone.

Looking forward to your votes on the next poll which will be coming up later today.

15 thoughts on “Gay For You Mini Poll

  1. Ingrid

    Great poll. I love it anyway, as long as it is well written.

    Read a story on nifty yesterday where a college jock was converted to the dark side. I guess it was as unrealistic as they come but it was entertaining anyway.

  2. jessewave

    Ingrid
    What I find amazing is the number of people who say they hate it, but two thirds of the bloggers who voted here definitely loved GFY, as long as it’s done well!

  3. Laurije Bee

    When I was quite young, I remember thinking that when you fall in love with someone, it should be based solely on inner qualities, nothing physical at all, including gender. That it should all be based on how your personalities matched and complemented each other. I was about the most sheltered and naive child ever. My parents didn’t swear and didn’t use any slurs at home; I never got the TALK; I didn’t understand why kids at school flung a word that meant “happy/merry/bright/lively” around like it was a bad thing. I probably had some idea that some men loved other men and that it was frowned upon. [/understatement]

    Anyway, even though I didn’t understand what bisexuality was back then, obviously part of me considered it the absolute ideal. I think that Young Laurie has an awful lot to do with why I respond so positively to gay for you storylines. Just means she’s still kicking around in here somewhere, being idealistic again.

  4. Yvette Davis

    Question: Is “didn’t know I was gay” the same as “gay for you”?

    I’m working on such as story.

    Thanks.

  5. Tam

    Yvette: Is it a case of never really liked girls or found them all that attractive (but never clued in that they liked boys more) or a case of having many relationships with women, loving women, like having sex with women but boom, meet one gay guy and fall in love and are ready/willing/able to have boy-sex.

    I personally don’t consider the first one GFY, that’s more “slow”. LOL That’s not a negative, I’ve read great stories with “slow” guys.

  6. jessewave

    Yvette
    I’m glad this poll helped your most recent book.

    Did you know that you won a book – Channeling Morpheus?

  7. diane.williams.nyc

    GFY themes are fun specifically because they are unrealistic idealized romantic concepts. M/M lit isn’t supposed to be about reality. They are fantasy stories whether they take place in a present day city or on a far off planet. Let’s face it, most of our favorite characters in novels would be intolerable if actually had to deal with them in real-life…. and that goes for the homophobe cop who falls in love with his partner as much as the big scary werewolves. A person who claims to be GFY in real-life means they aren’t comfortable with being gay and that is sad… but in M/M lit is romantic and hot!

  8. Ingrid

    Wave, there are way more respondents to your poll then there are people actively posting here. So the gfy lovers most be almost all in the silent lot.

  9. Anonymous

    I still have reservations about aggressively het males suddenly turning into monogamous gay males, with a HEA. I have less trouble with vampires and werewolves. :)
    Rikki

  10. Yvette Davis

    Rikki,

    I have trouble with aggressively het killing machine males suddenly turning into monogamous tender het males. But that’s just me.

    Tam,

    It’s neither. It’s more of a biological defect caused delayed reaction. And of course, cultural ideology firmly against it. A case of, I didn’t know, and now I’m not sure I wanted to know!

    And Jesse,

    Geez! I was actually working on Friday. Can you beat that? Sigh….I even missed the Friday Guys. Going to take a looksie now.

    Yvette

  11. jessewave

    Hi Yvette
    Sorry that you got to the Friday guys too late. There’s always next week.:)

    Question: Is “didn’t know I was gay” the same as “gay for you”?

    I guess it’s a matter of interpretation. IMO,it’s not the same because the man in question is not gay per se, just in love with that one man. If they parted I do not believe he would seek out another male lover. Of course that’s only my personal perspective of GFY.

    Diane
    I agree that these stories are supposed to be fantasies just like het romances but more and more gay males have been sending me emails asking for realistic themes in some of these books such as NEG UB2by Rick R. Reed (who is a gay M/M writer but was in the closet for years). Rick’s latest book is about something that touches their lives – HIV+. I know that some readers might consider this theme to be a downer but it’s RL, and gay men apparently want to see a bit more of RL in M/M books, including the way the gay characters are portrayed.

    A person who claims to be GFY in real-life means they aren’t comfortable with being gay and that is sad… but in M/M lit is romantic and hot!

    There are many examples in RL of women and men who have left their husbands and wives for a new partner of the same sex. I see them on t.v shows all the time. I think they call it ‘falling in love’ and we call it GFY in M/M books.:)

  12. Ingrid

    There are many examples in RL of women and men who have left their husbands and wives for a new partner of the same sex.Luckily you see those never in m/m romance. You do see the widowers, ex husbands and bf.

  13. jessewave

    I agree with you Ingrid. Too much of RL.:)

    there are way more respondents to your poll then there are people actively posting here. So the gfy lovers most be almost all in the silent lot.

    Whenever I check the numbers I know that there are many lurkers who never comment.*g*

  14. Yvette Davis

    Jesse,

    Nice avatar BTW! But I wanted to add another wrench in the machine. What about “Bi for you?”

    See much of that these days? Or is that a no-no?

    Yvette

  15. jessewave

    Hi Yvette
    Glad you like the avatar *g*

    Re Bi For You – I don’t think a survey would have the same impact, since the guys (and gals) are “flexible” and go either way in the normal course of their sexual history. In the case of GFY, this is a major shift and a hard turn in a totally different direction.

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