Most of you are probably tired of hearing about lesbian cops by now, so I’ll leave that part until last, and move right along to the question of humor.
Why should there be any question? Who doesn’t like a good laugh now and then? But I’m talking now about lesbian fiction, and just how much humor readers want to see. A few passages of gentle joking or wit to establish character? Laughter to camouflage intense emotions? Or stories framed entirely as humor?
On another forum we’ve been discussing whether humor in literature gets, well, no respect. One writer has a novel about to come out which is essentially (as I understand it) a humorous take-off on the all-too-familiar tropes of fantasy stories, with lesbians in the major roles. It sounds great to me, and anything by this writer is bound to be terrific, but it’s not classic romance, or erotica (which is probably just as well, since erotica gets even less respect.)
I know there are humorous lesbian novels out there. I could name some, but I’ll let you do that. My question is, does humor fit into your list of things you might look for in lesbian fiction?
Moving on to Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations and the book giveaway—well, I do guarantee a few laughs in the book, but it doesn’t fall into the category discussed above. You can be sure, though, since it contains work by our own Jove Bell and RG Emmanuelle, that it does transcend the all-too-familiar tropes of erotica, while still providing plenty of spicy goodness. My box of books has just arrived, so if you’d like to get one while they’re fresh, comment below and you’ll be entered in the drawing. I’ll set the deadline for comments at midnight Wednesday, and after that there will be more chances to win a free book by commenting on any of the entries in our blog tour, starting April 1. Jove posted the schedule here a few days ago, and you can also find details at email@example.com.
Oh, one more note: go ahead and comment about humor in lesfic even if you don’t want the erotica book. If you do want to be in the book drawing, make it clear. Is that clear?