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How to write a closeted gay elf

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by AstralCat, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Darkblade

    Darkblade Troubadour

    Be very careful with gay elves. I recently wrote a short story that featured a lesbian relationship between a mortal woman and a Faerie Princess (who I named without thinking, Gaia). This was specifically mentioned in the rejection letter that among other reasons for their rejection the use of a faerie in a same sex relationship could be seen as a little homophobic.

    I'd assume Elves would represent a similar problem. Of course it comes down to individual readers and what they put into it so it might not matter all that much for you. Just something to consider.
  2. Devora

    Devora Sage

    What is the length of your work, AstralCat?

    Short Story? Novella? Novel?
  3. AstralCat

    AstralCat Scribe

    I don't think it'll be a problem in this universe. In this book, Elves are portrayed as being only one step away from being human. The only differences are that they have pointed ears, can't grow facial hair, tend to have thin frames, and are slightly better at certain types of magic. They live about the same amount of time as humans. And, most importantly, are never ever referred to as Fae. ...So I think I'm safe as far as that goes.

    ...Besides, it's not revealed that he's gay untill several books in. Foreshadowing starts immediately in book 1 though.

    Multi-part novel series.

    ....I am a crazy person. x_x

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