We’ve all read a story like it haven’t we?
Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl.
It’s love at first sight. They can’t keep away from one another.
And then the conflict. Girl’s family doesn’t like her boyfriend. Boyfriend turns all machonistic and fights for her. But girl loses her family if she chooses him.
It seems like this cliché is used over and over in novel writing and it’s something that I’m aware, that readers are tiring of seeing in bestselling novels.
What if we turned those tables around?
What if girl meets girl?
Girl, let’s give her a name shall we? How about… Romaina? Romaina meets, let’s see here… Freya? Romaina struggles to comes to terms with fancying Freya. Freya, knowing how Romaina feels, leads her on and just as Romaina thinks she’s being serious, Freya pulls back and laughs in her face leaving Romaina even more confused and hurt by her actions.
Let’s make this even more interesting. Let’s presume that Romaina and Freya have been best friends since nursery (kindergarten to all my American followers) and that their first kiss could have taken place when they were seven, out of curiosity.
Freya and Romaina journey through primary and secondary school (again for my American followers pre school and high school) and one night while they’re out Freya tells Romaina that she’s in love with her and they spend the night together.
Of course this is where Freya will have to break Romaina’s heart by revealing that she has a curse, something so destructive that it touches whoever she loves and that she must do what it takes to protect her.
But isn’t already too late for Romaina? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that one.
Fiction doesn’t always have to revolve around heterosexual relationships. After all, they’re not the only ones that exist. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
What do you think? Is their room for same sex relationships in fantasy novels? Or is that just too much for the reader to bear the brunt of?
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