A reader’s perspective on details in LesFic
I just finished reading Renee J. Lukas’ The Comfortable Shoes Diary and I have two thoughts. The first is that she did an excellent job of making me connect with the character of Sydney Gray because a couple of days have gone by and I’m still feeling anxious for her. And I guess for myself as well. Which leads me to the second thing, the book makes me totally question what I’m supposed to be doing! That was a big characteristic of Syndney- she wanted to have a plan, a goal and sort of know the outcome of what the next decision would make on her life before she took action on that plan or goal. Back to being anxious and worried and all that joyful stuff. Especially days away from the next birthday.
Maybe it’s not possible to know the outcome the next decision will have on life but it doesn’t hurt to have all the information. Right? And how does that relate to LesFic? Well I’m one of those readers who wants the story wrapped up in a HEA or at least an ending that fits the story. I read the details and for some annoying reason those details have a tendency to stick with me and if they are left hanging…let’s just say I want to know.
Have you as a reader noticed this happening in a story? Does it drive you crazy? This could be considered spoilers but I’m going to share a couple of stories that I truly enjoyed but there was a detail missing that I wanted to know. And they aren’t even important aspects of the story, just something that wasn’t tied up in a pretty bow for me and so it drives me nuts!
For example in D.K. Linda’s My Happy Ever After one of the characters, Talia, has scars on her stomach. This is mentioned in a really touching moment as she and Michele are first getting together and accepting each other with those visible and invisible scars. But scars on the stomach got my imagination going crazy! I mean, I can see a scar on the knee or even on the face, but the stomach? That seems like a pretty tricky place to have a scar without having some type of surgery or something more serious. What happened? Why does Talia have scars on her stomach!? A question that I couldn’t let go, even after finishing the story, so I contacted the author.
Another moment happens in Ali Spooner’s Cowgirl Up which is one of my favorite Ali Spooner stories. I loved the horses, the strength of the three women and the connections that they share. Coal, the ranch hand, in particular just had a way about her and horses that was mesmerizing. But there is an a$$hole in the story that makes Coal’s life miserable and I’m with her when she puts him in his place. The guy ends up dead which puts a lot of suspicion on Coal who is eventually cleared, but who did kill him? It was set up that it didn’t look like an accident, so I had this one thread that was still loose and for days I just kept pondering it and wondering and even with all this energy, I couldn’t find the answer. I suspect one of the characters but Ali never went back and handed me the silver platter with all the information.
Similar to being left without knowing what truly happened in Carsen Taite’s Courtship to Chief Justice Weir that sets the story in motion. And a little side note, that if you haven’t read this story, it is so freaking awesome! In this horrible election year with all this hate and absolute fear the LGBTQ community is experiencing, I would love for Courtship to be a current event story that is currently happening because it would be just amazing to have Addison Riley on the Supreme Court!! But again, after reading this wonderful story, I’m still wondering if I missed something. And if I was sitting in my house right now, I would be running to my bookshelf to check again and see if I missed a detail on who was responsible for the accident.
Is it important that we have all details in a story? I really enjoyed the above stories and only went a little crazy with the missing detail. The detail had no impact on the characters or the overall HEA that each story built toward. It was just one passing point that made me wonder. And wonder. And continue wondering. But that just may be how I read. I’m curious all you LesFic readers out there, does this matter to you? Do you need all the details answered before turning that last page? Have you found other LesFic stories that left a detail open for imagination and if so what story was it? Oh, and I love to hear how you let the little details go!