In the last few weeks there's been a sudden jump in discussions about the popularity, or shall I say, unpopularity of romance stories with f/f love and sex in them.
It started off with Katiebabs, who blogged about writing an f/f story and what that meant to her. Just after that, Karen, of Karen Knows Best wrote a post asking if it's really viable/profitable for authors to write and publishers to publish stories with f/f as the main love story in them and a very interesting discussion ensued from this. Then just after that, Jayne, a reviewer for a major and very popular review blog Dear Author, favorably reviewed a f/f romance ebook, Jessie's Girl, and another discussion was started about this.
I've said before on this blog that I'm a straight woman who likes to read stories with two women who love each other and are sexual with each other. I started this blog with Kirsten Saell--who writes this type of material and who also wants to read these kinds of books--for the purpose of discussing and reviewing books with f/f love and sex no matter what the orientation of the characters: bi, lesbian or curious, for other readers out there who like reading this material.
Unfortunately, girl/girl subject matter in romance is not that popular and Kirsten and I have had many an email conversation about why straight, and even lesbian, women aren't attracted to read and or write f/f oriented stories. There seems to be no common answer really.
Even amongst those of us who do like to read it and actively seek it out, there's a vast difference in our preferences. So even within the genre some of us have an even more specific idea of what we prefer to read, making it even harder for writers and publishers to offer that.
At any rate, for those who stumble across this blog, or who are interested in the many discussions around f/f in romance, I've decided to post all the links to all the posts that I know of from industry bloggers so that you can read for yourself the varied opinions out there. I'll also come back and add posts as they happen and link this post to the side bar so readers can find this one easily.
Edited--Ones with red date were added after the original post--
April 2014- Author Olivia Waite writes an interesting piece on m/m and f/f.
February 2014 - Author E.E. Ottoman writes a compelling post asking why f/f is unpopular compared to m/m, m/f.
February 2014- Not a discussion, but a commentary on f/f within the romance community by Sarah Frantz - editor
May 2012- Too Much of the Same: Why M/M (and F/F) Romance Doesn’t Float My Boat
Dec 2011- Jessica of Read React Review ponders if f/f the lack of discussion about f/f.
July 11, 2009- Teddy Pig's blog- He brings up Bold Strokes Books as a book seller of lesbian books. A discussion ensues over the differences between lesbian and f/f, bi oriented stories--- further discussed by Kirsten Saell here on LVLM
May 5, 2009- Smart Bitches introduces the Rainbow Chapter of RWA- and discussion ensues about lack of f/f representation.
May 1, 2009- Mrs. Giggles posts about the new "Rainbow" Chapter of Romance Writers of America, which recognizes GLBT as a genre now-- and if it's a good idea to give it the same name as the real GLBT movement since m/m romance is not truly representative of the actual movement. The discussion then morphs into why m/m always co-opts the GLBT label when currently there are no f/f offered on RRWA website.
April 22, 2009- Jayne a reviewer at Dear Author blog, reviews Jessie's Girl a book with f/f love and sex in it and an interesting discussion about f/f in books happens.
April 20, 2009- Karen of Karen Knows Best blog posed a question of whether or not romance readers are ready for lesbian romance and sex in mainstream romance. It's a very interesting post as well as comment discussion.
April 18, 2009- Katiebabs writes about her feelings on writing a f/f story on her blog.
April 6, 2009- Author of lesbian books, Moondancer Drake, rants about authors of LGBT sci-fi and fantasy not getting equal recognition from the Science Fiction Writer's Association. Especially for female writers. It's a very interesting post and the comments do morph into discussing the viablity of getting a f/f book sold or published. It's a long comments section though and it's a PITA with comments collapsed, but well worth it to read.
March 27, 2009- Auther of hawt m/f books, Shelli Stevens, writes a blog post on Aphrodisia blog about watching a show on Oprah about women leaving their men for other women, a new fad it seems, and she wonders if it's a turn on for women to read f/f in romance.
January 13, 2009- Emily Veinglory of Erecsite blog- wonders... "I sometimes wonder about F/F, which is to say lesbian erotic romance equivalent to M/M (which is written mainly by and for women."
Nov. 20, 2008- Jayne of Dear Author reviews a f/f book, Apache Eyes and there's a short discussion in the comments section about f/f in books.
Oct. 9, 2008- Author Lissa Mathews wonders about girl on girl turning on het women in her blog post on Kiss and Tell blog.
July 2, 2008- Author Lauren Dane writes a blog post for the currently defunct Lust Bites blog about menage in books. A small discussion happens about the m/m/f vs. m/f/m vs. f/f/m in current stories.
May 8, 2008- Jane of Dear Author blog writes a very interesting post on the state of GLBT publishing and how it's still marginalized. Lots of discussion about m/m in the comments, but many also about f/f.
Feb. 26, 2007- Smart Bitches' Sarah discusses lesbian romance- there's a nice long discussion about it in the comments section, also with lots of recommends!
Aug. 16, 2006- Smart Bitches' Candy writes a post on bisexuality. It's a very interesting post and the comments are 266, most of them very long. It's a fascinating discussion that doesn't focus really on f/f but bisexuality in general.