For queer romance month, I was given a list of topics and one option was to share with you a queer romance that inspired me. So I’m going to fangirl over a TV show that I discovered that set in motion one of my very first m/m romance books—Superhero—and was the seed for all the m/m romance that followed.
Física o Química (English: Physics or Chemistry) was a Spanish TV show set in a modern day high school. There were a number of sub-plots and a large ensemble cast, but the best thing about it, in my humble opinion, was the romance between Fer and David.
I never watched queer shows like Queer As Folk, so Física o Química was a new experience for me. I was sucked into the rather angsty budding romance between Fer, who was openly gay but still hadn’t had a boyfriend, and David, who was in denial and dating girls. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the two young actors are both very talented and super cute.
The Fer and David storyline is covered over several TV seasons. Fer (played by Javier Calvo) is attracted to David (played by Adrian Rodriguez), but assumes he’s straight until David spontaneously kisses him one evening. David denies that it meant anything, but Fer is sure it did, and he’s relentless in pursuing David. From their funny/flirty initial encounters, to David giving in to his crush on Fer, to the hiding and final outing of their relationship that results, the story feels real and honest. I liked the high school setting and the age of the MCs. The first romance, first love, first kiss, first time having sex, are huge moments in our lives, and have a depth that isn’t always felt later on. (Not that I ever admit that in my romance novels!) The story of Fer and David ends on a tragic note many seasons in, so you might want to skip that last season if you’re looking for an HEA.
So what drew me to Fer and David in the first place and started my headlong tumble into m/m? It’s hard to say why something particularly resonates with us, because I think a lot of it happens on a subconscious level. But if I had to self-analyze, I guess I’d say that I’ve always loved romance. There’s magic in that first kiss, in the anticipation, nervousness, and longing that lead up to it. And not just mental magic, but physical magic. I think most romance readers feel those endorphin surges and tingles when they read romance. That’s why it’s so bloody addictive. Most of us are already settled in real life, so stories of other people’s budding romances allow us to remember all that luscious feeling vicariously. But why two guys since I’m a straight woman?
It’s easy to say that two cocks are better than one—in other words, since I’m attracted to the male body, I prefer romance with two male bodies instead of having to read about the female bits of a heroine. That’s true, but it’s deeper than that for me (no pun intended). And this is why I think we see lesbians writing and reading m/m romance, as counter-intuitive as that may seem. The answer is about gender roles. I personally test very androgynous on gender tests, and I have a lot of male personality characteristics. I’ve always been an equal partner in my relationships, if not dominant, and I am more of a builder/bread-winner than a caretaker. I could say I’m a ‘gay male in a woman’s body’—in other words, I have a more masculine personality, yet I’m absolutely attracted to men and not women. So for me, I can relate more to two men as main characters, in an equal relationship, than the typical romantic female heroine who tends to be softer, yielding, focused on make-up and clothes, ditzy, etc. Of course, there are writers in het romance who have strong female characters, but traditionally, heroines are very female in behavior.
Queer romance month celebrates these stories and all that they mean to the people who enjoy them for whatever reasons. We’re incredibly lucky to have the freedom to write and read stories like this. We’re lucky that we can see shows like Física o Química on TV or youtube. In many other countries, and many other times, it wouldn’t have been possible. In a way, I see m/m romance as a cultural statement and a rebellion because there are still places where people die every day for being gay, and still a lot of people even in the most progressive countries who are homophobic.
You can view all the Fer and David storyline with English subtitles on youtube. Start with Part 1.
About Eli Easton
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
About How to Howl at the Moon
Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.
Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.
Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.