This week the LGBT charts have a bit more variety to them than previous weeks, there are several more genres on show than the usual Fiction, Romance and Memoir.
Interestingly, one of the most popular niches in Fiction this week is that of Fake Memoirs, or books written from the point of view of someone looking back over their life or telling the story of their life to another person. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, is one such book, as is, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. But of real Memoirs or Auto-Biographies, William Dameron’s, The Lie, is the prime example. Like many such books it tells the story of the authors Coming Out, an event rarely left out of any book in the LGBT+ Memoir genre.
Genre Fiction, such as Science Fiction and Fantasy, gets out of Romance’s shadow this week. The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon, and Becky Chambers’, A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, are Fantasy and Science Fiction, respectively. They are both plot and character heavy novels, where the LGBT+ representation is an important part of the character’s make up but is not used as a punch line or in any other negative way. They both have a lot of action and intrigue, with death just around the corner and the world (or universe) up for exploration by characters and readers alike. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller, is one of those books that can fit into a multitude of genres since it is as applicable to put it in History, or Mythology, as it is in Fiction, or Fantasy, even. But whatever genre you choose it is undeniably a part of LGBT+ reading as one of the oldest legends featuring characters from within the community.
But Romance still holds most of the spots on the chart as it does nearly every week. As is also the case most weeks the majority of books are Gay or M/M. Heat levels are generally quite high and there is apparently little representation for any of the letters outside of the G in the LGBT+ acronym. Here are some of the most popular trends and niches of the week;
- Men in Uniform/Military Romances, often featuring Police or Firefighters, a niche where the rescue is as important as the meet-cute.
- Omegaverse, these books often also include MPreg and Menage stories. They are generally in a secondary world, where Werewolves, Shape Shifters, or Aliens are a part of society.
- Paranormal Romance, featuring Magic and often Shape Shifters, Witches, Demons, Angels and all manner of strange creatures.
- Single Dads, sometimes this includes Pregnancy Kink when it is combined with Omegaverse and MPreg.
- Sports Romance
- Second Chances
- Body Guard and Security Personnel
- Small Town
- Rock Star or Musician and Fan or Groupie
The trends of Dark Romance, BDSM, and Alpha Male show up in all of these niches showing that these trends are as impossible to kill as some of the creatures in the Paranormal Romance novels.
For the rest of the LGBT+ acronym there is little to read, a bit in F/F or Lesbian works, but practically nothing in every other corner. One book among the very short list, is Fannie Flagg’s, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel, which is there for Literary Fiction readers, but there isn’t much else. If anyone was wanting a niche to break into this shows a huge variety of them for any writer up to the task.
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