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As a writer of these stories myself, I'm always trying to do something that is a little different from what most readers are used to. And that's not really an easy thing to pull off, considering that there are SO many stories out there, and people have been reading them almost daily for YEARS before they ever find my tiny little corner of the internet! But I do try to add something a little extra into everything that I do. Something that can feel new and unique, even if it's a typical 'boy meets boy' romance story.
One of the reasons that I really enjoy doing the 'Daydream Shorts' for Imagine Magazine is the chance to try out some different themes without having to commit to a ten or twenty chapter series. I get to capture just one moment in time that readers can all recall and relate to, and then be done with it. It's just a matter of maybe viewing things from a different perspective. What kind of a story can I tell if it's seen from the Father's point of view with a gay teenage son? What if I told the story of a teen who's still a virgin, but finding pornography for the first time? What if I told a story about two boys who have already had sex...but the story surrounds the act of hiding that from their friends while they all hang out together?
Coming up with new ideas is difficult, but far from impossible. The characters and the perspective is what changes a familiar story into something cool and different.
As for certain tropes that I've kind of gotten tired of? There are a few. The themes can be written well when the author tries. But I feel like they've become an easy way to just 'get off' basically. I've sort of gotten weary of the whole "Boy who mows my lawn" or delivers my newspapers idea. You know, like..."Come on in and get an ice cold glass of lemonade for your trouble." And then he puts his hand on the boy's leg, and twenty minutes later he's balls deep and banging his way to an orgasm. I don't know, that's about as close to sexual assault as you can get. Hehehe! Maybe it's just me, but the idea of putting my hand on a stranger's thigh to initiate a homosexual encounter just seems like it would result in me getting smashed in the teeth.
LOL! I'm not saying that it doesn't happen. It's just never happened to ME!
Also, I'm not a fan of 'bathroom sex'. I spent a lot of time working in places with public bathrooms, and it just doesn't really do it for me. They're sterile, cramped spaces, dirty, stinky...so, the idea of peeking at someone's penis at a urinal and pulling them into a stall to have sex (Because nobody else notices two people having sex in the same room as them)...not my thing. I could drop my WALLET on a public restroom floor and wonder whether or not I should pick it up or just cut my losses and leave it there.
So, there are certain situations that I see over and over again that I feel get tiresome. But...at the same time, I've seen some authors really shine when tackling those familiar tropes and breathing new life into the situation. But that all comes through character development and story plot. I feel more engaged when authors take the time to really build a full experience. I think sex is more of a mental and emotional act than a physical one. So the involvement in the story is what makes all the difference. You know?
Anyway, that's my opinion. And I'm sticking to it. ::Giggles::
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