[4/11/17 edit: THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOLS POST!!!!]
I write this to you with a heavy heart.
As you may know, it can be difficult for LGBT stories to find traction, especially when they’re character-driven romantic ones. It is doubly difficult when the focus is on the “L” of that acronym. I won’t speculate here as to why. F/F (female/female) stories don’t seem to have as much reach as their M/M (male/male) counterparts…see various fandoms for examples.
I was faced with a dilemma these past few months. Readership hasn’t gone up as much as I would like. There have been times where I wanted to outright delete this story. There have also been times when I’ve wanted to say “I quit!!” But here I am. I persevered.
Can you believe that I thought about turning Ellie or Shreya into a boy just so we could get this story some more attention? Shreya would’ve been the bad boy found in the woods who turned out to have a heart of gold. Ellie still would’ve been that petulant princess type. I really considered it! I actually was ready to throw in the towel and just do it.
Would anyone have noticed if Shreya suddenly was Shreyhan? Of course, you would have. I couldn’t be that slick about it. So I set that thought aside. This is a story about TWO GIRLS.
But then I put on a show that changed everything for me. It became the answer to my prayers.
I admit that when I clicked on it, I thought it would be yuri, you know, “girl on girl romance,” like what you see on this website. It turned out that it was kind of a yaoi or “boy on boy romance.” Woo! The character designs were so cute, too. I was enthralled! I was changed forever!! And it SHOWED ME THE WAY.
That anime? It was something called Yuri! On Ice!!!
Don’t be fooled like I was. It’s not yuri. It’s yaoi. And yaoi crushes yuri. Yaoi is powerful! I’ve been reading about it. And all the numbers and data I’ve gathered about yaoi have told me that its audience trumps the yuri one in size. Google it. Then come back here. And I’m talking about the squishy romantic demographic. Not that I’m calling any of you squishy. No.
I’ve found the answer to my prayers here. I’m working on rebranding Redwood Crossing into a boy on boy story. I know this will lose me some readers, but I think this story will be richer because of it. Ellie, or Elias as he will now be called, will still be thirsty as hell. Shreya, now Shreyhan, will hit all those sweethearted bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks tropes that we love.
It’s going to take about a week or two to convert all the chapters to boy form. Until then, the story will go on a bit of a hiatus. I’ve already started working on some chapters and I’ve included snippets of them below the read more. Press continue reading to feast your eyes on it.
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