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Today is a double delight - tracyrae is another guest to my blog. She's a blogger, reviewer and hostess extraordinaire at ahhhhhromance Blog and the very entertaining blog Desert Island Keepers.
Sez Clare: I'm returning the guest visiting there in March, if my canoe paddling is up to the task of getting me there...LOL.

Tracy's in a thoughtful mood, examining her favourite tropes in m/m fiction, and asking - what are yours?

My Favorite Things

I was sitting watching The Sound of Music with my kids not long ago. Right after that I went and picked up the m/m book that I was reading at the time. I couldn’t get the song “My Favorite Things” out of my head (which is NOT a song you want hanging around in your head for a long time, believe me!) and I started thinking about all of my favorite things that have to do with m/m books. So for my visit today I thought I’d tell you about my top 5 favorite tropes:

1. Gay for you
Now I know that some people aren’t fans of this trope but if done well I’m all over it. I think it’s the thought that a man can be open minded enough to let himself fall in love with another man that I really love.

2. Ex prostitute/rent boy
This just does it for me on so many levels. I can’t say that I know all the reasons but I’m definitely drawn to these types of stories. I think it’s the hope that’s involved in the story as well as the love I usually have for the man who is giving the rent boy a chance and not overlooking him.

3.Friends to lovers
This possibly qualifies as my favorite trope of all. There’s something about those two men finally realizing that their long time friend is really the one they love. *sigh* gives me chills just to think about it. (Yes, I am a sap) They usually have a bit of an issue making the transition which makes it all the better.

4. Reunion/Ex’s who find each other again after years apart
Why? Why do I like this one? I have no idea. lol You’d think – hey, it didn’t work out the first time, why would you want to even open that can of worms again? But for some reason I’m drawn to these stories and end up eating them up (fyi – not the worms). Probably because they usually work out with the HEA at the end and as much as I love my angst, I love my HEA’s that much more.

5. Opposites attract
Most people would think I’m talking about uber stud vs twink and that would possibly work for me, but I think I’m talking more personality opposites than anything. I can think of a couple of stories off hand where the men were so very different from each other you couldn’t possibly believe that they would ever work – and yet they do.

So there you have them, my top 5 favorite m/m tropes. Tell me, what are your favorites?

Thanks to Clare for having me here today!



Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

I'm holding a FREE FICTION DAY on the 28th, so send me new fiction - links to your existing work also welcome! - to clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll post it all then :).


Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 22: Sexy or sweet, men in fiction? dontkickmycane.
JAN 23: The release of my short story THREADBARE at JMS books.
JAN 24: Where are all the star-crossed lovers? asks josephine_myles.
JAN 25: The release of the anthology WISHING ON A BLUE STAR at Dreamspinner Press.
JAN 26: The ornery muse who plagues bittermint!
JAN 27: The exotic illustrations that inspire author Cornelia Grey.

JAN 15: Favourite worldwide travel with cdn_tam.
JAN 16: 10 cautionary tales from ZA Maxfield! zamaxfield.
JAN 17: The business/pleasure balance of writing from libby_drew.
JAN 18: Why M/M? And who wants to know? from jordan_c_price.
JAN 19: What makes fiction short and sweet for jenre.
JAN 20: The pursuit of beautiful things by wrenboo.
JAN 21: Bawdy and brazen humor in the new release from Rick R. Reed.

JAN 08: A great new novel and sequel from mickieashling.
JAN 09: Fiction and beautiful illustrations from essayel.
JAN 10: Forthcoming menage release from lc_chase.
JAN 11: Fabulous mix of SF and erotic romance from Sloane Taylor and Robert Appleton.
JAN 12: Follow the bizarre photographic history of Wind in Hair Guy with egret17.
JAN 13: When only your family understands the joke, with charliecochrane.
JAN 14: A top 10 of gay books you should read from erastes.

JAN 01: A FREE short from me, revisiting Nic and Aidan from Sparks Fly.
JAN 01: Delicious m/m icons from luscious_words.
JAN 02: Why I want to be a Bond villain! by chrissymunder.
JAN 03: The world of inspiration between 'historical' and 'contemporary' with stevie_carroll.
JAN 04: Some fascinating Swedish proverbs from 1more_sickpuppy.
JAN 05: A round-up of a great year just gone from angelasstone.
JAN 06: The countryside and history that inspires author sandra_lindsey.
JAN 07: The challenge of trying to balance edits, with diannefox and anahcrow.


Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hi, Tracy! I'm a sucker for GFY and friends to lovers, too.
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
OMG, your last picture made me laugh out loud in my office you naughty girl. LOL

My faves:

a) I love the rent boy storyline too.
b) The damaged waif (physical/mental/sexual abuse) who is rescued by the strong sensitive man
c) Anying with a sparkly twink and a straight acting guy who is completely at a loss how to deal (sort of an opposites attract)
d) Anything with a fireman in it. LOL

I enjoy GFT, FtoL and pretty much most anything (although closeted military don't really work for me, nor do closeted celebs - see a theme here?).

Great piece Tracy.

Jan. 27th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
!!! The picture with Ronald is just *wrong*. LOL.

Every time I poke at this I try to come up with one or two storylines I could't live without. Finally decided I like... everything... as long as it's well written.

But then, I also have spent many a morning reading my toothpaste tube and cereal box when nothing else was at hand. Which doesn't lend me much credibility.
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Chris - Yes, that GFY gets me every time!

Tam - Oh the Fireman! They're definitely in my top 10.

Chrissy - Your cereal box and toothpaste tube are all you have to read? So sad. lol
I love most m/m stories, really. Written well with good characters, I'm there.
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
OH! And I'd love to take credit for the pictures but alas they were all Clare's doing. :)
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
My favorites are these:

1)mysteries with m/m romance. Think Josh Lanyon, some of Clare's, and any with FBI type gov. men working on a case w/another agent he just happens to have a thing for.

2) werewolves/shapeshifters but only when they discover their true mate and have to get together somehow.

3)historical romances especially if the author is good about knowing how m/m relationships would look in that time(and this includes hiding them).

4)time travel. Going back in time and somehow finding your true love gets to me every time.

5)humor. Well written, funny romances are great to read after a hard core mystery.
Jan. 28th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
Sorry I'm so late! I spent all day hard at work. For Clare, no less. Okay, maybe for me too. In any case, I enjoyed this post - you two make a good team with the photos nicely illustrating the points.

My fave tropes are...numerous. At the top of the list: Opposites attract; alpha brought to knees by sweet twinkie; sub discovering self at the hands of a good dom.
Jan. 28th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
Great post, Tracy. It got me thinking!

I really like GFY and the prostitute story. Like Tam, I also like stories with twinky and straight acting guys. I like second chance at love stories where one of the heroes has been bereaved. Finally, I really like heroes who are (fictional) famous people and how they cope with being gay as well as their adoring fans.

I could probably think of a few more but I'll leave at that for now :).
Jan. 28th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
My favourite trope is definitely the 'hardened guy who eludes all attachments and has convinced himself affections would be nothing but a burden meets cheerful, warm-hearted guy and ends up falling for him and finding that being part of a community is what he'd needed all along'.

Oh yeah. Actually, I think most of my stories follow that trope :)!
Jan. 28th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Well I'm glad I only did my top 5 because all of the tropes you've mentioned are wonderful.

And Clare, that rent boy photo is too great for words. :)
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't it?????
I knew ou'd apprefiate it |:).

(oops been drinkinbg on birthday night xx)
Jan. 29th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yeah a good hooker!fic is hard to resist... for me I think it's mostly for the angst and hurt - I enjoy a character who's a little screwed up (or a lot), and suffering from low self esteem etc.
On that same theme is the character who has been hurt/damaged/traumatized somehow. But not the shy, young, emotional waif type, I like the hurt guy to be a strong and 'manly' type. It makes it so much more delicious to see them in pieces...
*collects ticket to special hell*

GFY can be good - not least because I like the first time sexxing. ;)
And various scenarios with power inequalities, power struggles...

There are so many more tropes, and settings, that turn me on, but more important than anything is of course the quality. Favourite tropes become hated when the writing is bad - and vice versa. Though I guess that really goes without saying.

Thanks for sharing! I'm off to looka for some trope-y fic! ;D
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