Today is free topic at Top 5 Tuesday the weekly meme hosted by Shanah @bionicbookworm
Confession: I’ve been sucker punched by a book today: The Silver Cage by Anonymous
I plan on reviewing it tomorrow.
I don’t want to give much details about the plot just know that it will talk about a love story between two men.
It was written in such way that I did not see it as gay men but just two people in love. Yet it had many graphic sex scenes. Something that made me cringe in my first “M/M” read but that did not bother me here.
I had an epiphany.
My view on these “LGBTQ” stories had changed.
I did not see it anymore as two people from the same gender having a love/sexual affair.No.
I see it for what it intrisically is: a love story.
You don’t get to choose to love a gender. You just love a person.
Granted some people will only be attracted by people from the same gender and others by the opposite sex.
But even if you are attracted by your gender you will never sleep in the biblical sense with everyone from your gender. You will be attracted and fall in love with a person. Not all persons.
Often people ask me if it does not bother me that some of my colleagues are lesbians. I always answer: “Why should I be worried?”
They won’t spring on me like a starved animal for God’s sake! They are not in love with me. And even if they were I can say no and they would respect it.
I’ve never suffered from homo phoebia but now thanks to these books I don’t even want to speak about LGBTQ books. I don’t want to give them such label. I don’t want to reduce these books to a “genre”. Because that’s not what they are. The gender is not important.
These are truly extraordinary love stories. That’s how I see them now.
The first one is Wolfsong by TJ Klune. Masterpiece of emotions and deeply poetic.
The second one is A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur. Powerful. Destroyer of light and life bringer.
The third one is The Silver Cage by Anonymous. Sucker punch.
The fourth and fifth ones I have yet to read: the Captive Prince series by CS Pacat and Everyday History by Alice Archer.
What is your opinion on this matter? Do you get why I don’t want to put label anymore? Feel free to disagree 😉
Thanks for reading and happy Tuesday!