Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

an open letter

Dear Never After the book*,

I think it's finally time for me to be honest. I'm sorry I was holding back. And I know that you think we meant something to each other. But the truth is, I was just using you. I knew that you had a story by Laurell K. Hamilton and one by Sharon Shinn. And I also knew that I was not interested in reading anything by Yasmine Galenorn and Marjorie M. Liu, because I've not liked their books in the past. Perhaps you believed it was more. Perhaps you hoped that I might change my mind and add you to my reading total. But it wasn't meant to be.

I still don't want a relationship with you. I will never read those two stories, short of being kidnapped and held at gunpoint and forced to read them. But I didn't realize how I would feel now, today. You gave me something that in my heart of hearts, I've been longing for for years. You fulfilled a fantasy that I had started to think would just never be realized.

Between your cheap white covers, Sharon Shinn finally brought the gay. Shinn is my favorite author of romantic fantasy, bar none. She writes quickly, so there are a lot of books, and they are GOOD books. But up until now, they've also been straight. I hoped for a while with Cameron. I hoped again with Wen. I have hoped with numerous side characters. None of them were queer on the page. But finally my dream is realized!!

Four! Four of them! Four women who prefer the company of women at least some of the time! And a short but impassioned speech in defense of tolerance for gays!

I'm so grateful to you for helping me realize this dream. You're still not what I want in a partner, but can we be friends?

Again, my apologies.


* Not to be confused with Never After the awesome musical my talented friend ceelove wrote.
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