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fic tropes [May. 2nd, 2009|07:05 am]
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There's something tedious yet somehow appealing about the amount of loving care that is taken with descriptions of business wear in BL novels. In one part of my mind I can't help but think, "they're just suits!" But then it's such a different world from mine, since where I live virtually no one wears suits. The only men I regularly see wearing suits are those who work in the really expensive designer stores, but that's not many people. It's nice to indulge in a society wear men wear suits and really pay attention to the details. The latter is a trait sorely missing from the local men as well. ^^;

I'm of two minds about stories about earnest young guys with a little kid (not their own--either a nephew or a much younger brother who has been orphaned) working hard but not really getting by, who run into more trouble and are rescued by older men who bond with the little kids and sweep the earnest young men off their feet. I always feel sorry for the earnest young man, who really isn't given any breaks by the author in order to make him a damsel in distress. And the author always makes his bond with the little kid so precious and sweet, so when the bad things happen you really want things to work out. But I rather dislike that it isn't so much the young man's hard work (and he works hard, being earnest) that gets him anywhere, it's the older man's connections/money/whatever. I know, it's escapist fantasy, but I still wish the earnest young man could achieve something on his own to provide some security in his life.