It occurs to me the other day that with the popularity of M/M romances, I haven't heard much from gay guys about these books. Do they like this? Many M/M romances published today are by women although some try to be ambiguous when it comes to their pen names.
I've heard a lot from female readers about M/M so now I'm curious about what the guys may think, especially when it comes to the depiction of emo melodramatic gay guys and all in those stories. I do know of some guys who don't think highly of slash fanfiction because it makes them feel as if a vital part of them is being sexualized/trivialized for the entertainment of women who may one day outgrow their slash "phase". There are also some hardcore/radical gay guys whose attitude borders on misogyny at times - they dislike Rent because they hated those teenage girls clogging up the place and squealing about how cute the principal players are and they dislike visiting TV forums for shows like Queer As Folk only to find silly girls quarreling about who Brian Kinney should end up with. I wonder if such attitude exists towards the current crop of M/M romances.
Do gay guys enjoy M/M romance written by women? Do they find these romances real enough or do they believe those women know nothing about how gay guys really think and feel? I don't expect I will ever come across research data on what gay men think of M/M stuff written by women anytime soon but I am most interested to know. Is the current M/M stuff, like slash fiction, catering almost exclusively to female readers? Can gay men relate to these stories even a little bit? Hmm.