Over at FaceBook, Ellen Kushner posted the following bit about the upcoming The Fall of the King audiobook:
THE FALL OF THE KINGS audiobook will soon ready for pre-orders! I have written our Audible.com editor to say: “You just be sure to churn out some copy that makes it clear how much hot boy sex the book has – I really don’t want anyone who’s looking for a nice, wholesome fantasy with lots of axe’n'arrow deaths & wench-raping to be shocked & offended!” AmIright?
First things first: if you aren’t looking forward to this audiobook you should be. I love the book and of course the origin Swordspoint (*fangirl squee*) and the audiobooks are always a job. Ellen is also having a fun time producing it, if these blog posts are any indication.
But this bit really caught my attention because it’s so true. And not just of pro-fic but of fanfic as well. There’s this idea that violence isn’t blinked at but love, particularly love between two characters with matching genitalia, must be warned against lest teh innocentz be exposed. This is one of the things I love so much about Ellen’s novels, that characters aren’t heterosexual or homosexual so much as just people. What I mean is Richard loves Alec (or in this case Theron and St. Cloud) are obviously in love with each other, and in this book that means a few sex scenes. Tastefully done, integral to the plot, but sex scenes between two men. Yet in our culture, for Theron and St. Cloud to kiss requires forewarning in a way we’d never expect for Faramir and Eowyn. And certainly we wouldn’t expect them before the gruesome hike through the Capitol sewers in Hunger Games. That’s telling.
But mostly I’m including this, not for the deep truths but because Ellen Kushner is such a jewel and deserves to be shared. Also, because she knows her fans.