So I was catching up with some other blogs when I happened upon this post over at Babbling About Books, And More! about the upcoming Qhuinn/Blay storyline. What caught my attention was this quote from a J. R. Ward book signing report at the Twilight Lexicon forums:
Qhuinn and Blaylock...*sigh* Qhuinn and Blay WILL get together, but it will be in a novella. This accomplishes a couple of things. First of all, those who don't wish to read about that particular kind of relationship can choose to skip it. Ward intimated that it would be "steamy" on par with the motel three-way in Payne's book. Those who want to read about this pairing won't have to wade through the subplots of a longer book (here she suggested it would be more like Wrath or Rhage's book where it really just concentrates on the pairing) and no other characters will have to share their book with Qhuinn and Blay's relationship as a subplot. This was compromise that she reached with her publisher, without whom she was quick to point out, there would be no series, to publish a story at all about the pair rather than veto it outright. Re: Adult Thread ~ BDB series ~ Bow chika bow by nissanmama » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:58 pm
Sigh. This depresses me.
I mean, am I supposed to say hooray that publishers are making it easier for homophobes to avoid the dirty dirty ghay?
Or am I supposed to be happy that I can read this storyline without getting bogged down by (the often annoying) subplots? 'Cause that doesn't seem to be an issue when it comes to the hetero stories.
Here's my interpretation: We know that there is a significant minority clamoring for the Blay/Qhuinn pairing and we want your money so we'll publish it but it's gonna be a novella that won't effect the major canon so that homophobes won't miss out on important story information. We don't want to offend them; after all, we want their money too.
Rationalizing that at least the book will be published just doesn't cut it. Don't get me wrong, I am happy that it will be published but it is hard to see this as a victory. The BDB is one of the biggest paranormal series out there, selling boatloads of copies, with legions of fans. Publishing this story should be a given, not one that marginalizes two popular characters because it is a same sex romance.
This is the kind of thinking that comes from folks who say things like:
I'm not homophobic but I don't want teh ghay shoved in my face.
I'm not homophobic but I wouldn't want my kid to be ghay.
I'm not homophobic. Some of my best friends are ghay.
Me? I just want a good story. I want well written characters. Solid world building. Some hot sex would be nice. I couldn't care less about straight, gay, transgender or cisgender. I don't know why it matters to some people. If it's a good story, it's a good story. But then again, I'm not homophobic. Some of my best friends are gay.