It’s 2018 and lesbian fiction has come a long way from what it once was. No longer are lesbians getting killed off at the end of a story, nor are they the token lesbian simply reduced to a side character.
Yet, even in novels where lesbians are abundant, there are still quite some things which make me want to pull my hair out and throw the book into a week old garbage. So below, I’ve listed 10 of my personal pet peeves in lesbian fiction.
It frustrates me to no end when the main character has been straight all her life, but then suddenly, an out-of-the-closet lesbian makes an appearance and she converts to the other team overnight.
No one realizes they’re gay that quickly.
Woman Disguised As A Man
When done poorly and for poor reasons, disguising a woman as a man doesn’t sit well with me.
If she needs to hide her identity and she can pass off as a man, sure. But if she can’t, just disguise her as a woman with a different name, status, and hairstyle.
That way, when another woman falls in love with her, there isn’t any unnecessary drama about her falling for a woman instead of the man she was disguised as.
Gazing Lesbians On Book Covers
I’ll read a book whether it has a great cover art or not, but it just pokes at me when the cover of a lesbian novel has two women gazing, longingly at each other with the heartiest of heart eyes.
Whether it’s contemporary romance, fantasy, sci-fi, or any other genre, I like book covers that draw me in without defining the characters’ appearances for me.
Not only that, but having two women stare into each other’s eyes looks a little funny to me.
The Side Chick
I don’t know what it is, but in a few books I’ve read, there’s always one person in the main couple who has another woman on the side.
This third woman is either a secondary love interest or a bed buddy and I never understand why she exists. Then someone has to do a good ole explanation about how humans have biological needs and there’s nothing more to it.
Why not just get rid of this character and let me focus on the main couple developing their relationship?
So Much Sex
Another pet peeve I have is when there is so much sex in the story.
I get it, sex is great. But when the sex takes up the majority of the story and it’s not an erotica, why is there so much of it?
I don’t mind if there’s a good amount of it, but the sex scenes have to match the tone of the story. This leads to my next point.
Sex Doesn’t Match The Tone
When a YA fantasy story has sex scenes that can be ripped straight out of an erotica, I question the reasons as to why it is such a thing.
Or when the story is a serious crime thriller and the sex scenes use words that can also refer to a cat.
A sex scene should be like any other scene in the novel, except it has sex in it.
No matter how serious a story is, if the characters in a sex scene are screaming, “Oh god, don’t stop, I’m coming! I’m coming!” it annoys me but makes me want to laugh even more.
Maybe I’m just unable to imagine dialogue like that in the sexy way, but I would prefer it if the characters didn’t perform such vocal acts of pleasure in the bedroom, otherwise I’d have a hard time seeing them the same afterwards.
Just have the orgasm. Don’t announce it.
Everyone Is Hot To Everyone
I love reading stories where there are plenty of strong women roaming about. I love it when a woman falls in love with another woman.
But when the majority of women in the novel find every other woman sexy, it feels a bit unbelievable to me.
Everyone has different tastes, so just because the women are lesbians, that doesn’t mean they find all other lesbians attractive.
Lesbian In Distress
The lesbian in distress is exactly like the damsel in distress except she’s gay, and instead of needing a man to save her every corner, it’s a woman who comes to her rescue.
Why not have both women help each other out now and then?
Sure it can be sweet when one of them gets captured and the other does everything she can to save her, but I don’t want that to happen in every single chapter.
All About Being A Lesbian
When a story is just about a woman’s lesbianism and how gay her lifestyle is, I’ll not only be annoyed, but also bored.
Even coming out stories and contemporary romance focus on other things like family, friends, self-love, and discovery.
I need more than a story that just focuses on the lesbian aspect of a character’s life. What else is she doing besides another woman? Does she have any life goals? Is she going on an adventure? Will she be dealing with themes like betrayal, friendship, learning to work with others?
There needs to be more to her than her sexuality and being a lesbian shouldn’t be the only thing that’s interesting about her.
And there you have it, 10 things I personally can’t stand in lesbian fiction. Do you agree with any of my pet peeves? Or were there any that you disagreed with?
Leave a comment below and let me know what are some of your pet peeves in lesbian books. I would love to hear from you. Also, check out some of these other posts if you’re interested.
And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them down in the comment section and I would be more than happy to get back to you.
Regards, BK Scotther