Literature: Out of Position
Out of Position
is an anthropomorphic novel by Kyell Gold
. It takes place in the Forester Universe, in a country that is analogous to the United States. The novel focuses on a romance between Wiley "Lee" Farrel, a red fox and gay rights activist, and Devlin Miski, a tiger who plays football. The first half of the novel is set at Forrester University. Devlin Miski is a cornerback on the University football team. One night, he has a one-night stand with a vixen. As they are about to have sex, he finds out that the vixen is actually male.
Two sequels have been released, Isolation Play
, with another, titled Uncovered
, released July 4, 2014. The fifth (and final) book is set to be released in early 2016.
The novels contain examples of:
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted. Even after Dev falls in love with Lee, he doesn't seem to find other guys sexually attractive.
- Anti-Climax: Invoked in Out of Position with the last game the Firebirds play. After thoroughly explaining that the Firebirds are losing, all the homosexual slander he goes through during the game, and the lack of support from a few teammates, Dev abruptly summarizes that they won the game very briefly in only two paragraphs.
- Asexual: Lightning Strike in Divisions claims to have no preference for either men or women and practices "tantric meditation" in lieu of sex.
- Attention Whore: Lightning Strike and Brian to different degrees. Difference is Lightning Strike is basically well meaning; that's just the kind of guy he is and he isn't malicious about it. Brian on the other hand wants attention only on his own terms and doesn't care who he has to hurt to get it and becomes even more bitter when things don't go his way.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Lee can effortlessly turn heads, orientations be damned.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Lightning Strike. He legally changed his name to that.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Brian in Divisions, whereas in Out of Position, he was a full-on Jerkass.
- Cerebus Syndrome: While the series didn't exactly start out tame, it becomes far more depressing and tense the further along it goes on, and both main characters are constantly forced to deal with various personal problems that are much more serious compared to the problems they faced in the first book.
- Closet Key: Dev never saw it coming.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lee's really good at this.
- Determinator: You can throw the media, jealous, smug ex-best friends, unsupportive teammates, angry fathers, and homophobic rival football players and fans at Dev all at once and it still won't matter to him. He's still gonna play football. He's still gonna be in love with Lee.
- Deuteragonist: Lee at first. But as the series progresses, he becomes more vital to the story. By Divisions, he's swapped roles with Dev and becomes the main protagonist.
- Dirty Coward: Somewhat justified with Brian. After he was released from the hospital following the gay bashing, his parents had him transferred to a different college, and he didn't even try to persuade them against it. Lee calls him out on it, at which point Brian admits that he didn't want to stay knowing he'd be reliving the moment and would be branded as "that fag who got beat up."
- Disguised in Drag: Lee frequently employs this for various reasons.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: When Dev's father objects to Dev and Lee's relationship Lee assumes it's because he's homophobic. While Mikhail isn't crazy about the idea that Dev is gay, his actual objection was that he felt Dev had changed, and that Lee was pulling him away from his family.
- Driven to Suicide: How Lee's subplot in Divisions kicked off. A young gay football player that e-mailed Dev and was traded to the Dragons by Lee Ate His Gun. Needless to say, Lee took his death hard.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: There is a reason people tend to refer to Wiley as a "vixen".
- Dumb Jock: Lee's initial opinion of Dev and other football players.
- Fanservice: Downplayed as the series progresses, but the first book had quite a few NSFW scenes...
- Freudian Excuse: Brian's whole reason for getting involved with gay rights activism and for hating Dev—and football players in general. He was a victim of a gay bashing that was led by typical Jerk Jocks, which ended with him having a few broken bones.
- Furry Confusion: Anthropomorphism only seems to apply to land-based mammals, as there have yet to be any reptilian, amphibian, fish, avian, or aquatic-based mammalian characters. Also, Lee and his father both mention how Lee used to have a pet lizard as a pup.
- Furry Fandom: The writer is a distinguished member of the fandom. Not to mention the book and its sequel both having won Ursa Majors for Best Anthropomorphic Novel.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Brian is either this or a Crazy Jealous Guy.
- Innocently Insensitive: Lighting Strike gets Dev bondage gear for Christmas, having somehow come to the conclusion that it was something that Dev would want.
- It Gets Easier: Inverted, and invoked. Part of the reason why Dev came out of the closet on live television was because he thought things would be easier in his life. But it doesn't alleviate the situation; if anything, it just made things harder.
- Jerkass: Brian to varying degrees.
- Jerk Jock: There are some, including Dev to some extent at the beginning. In a book that tackles homophobia on a college campus, how could there not be a few of these?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dev's father is kind of an asshole, but he's (mostly) not prejudiced and actually does care about Dev, he just has a hard time showing it.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Dev publicly comes out of the closet at the end of Out of Position. Anyone who hasn't read the first book probably shouldn't look at the blurb on Isolation Play or Divisions...
- Manipulative Bastard: Brian in Out of Position. After all, he did convince Lee to give him a handjob out of pity after he threatened to get Dev kicked out of the league.
- Mood Whiplash: All over the place. Chapter 7 of Uncovered, for example, starts with the Firebirds winning a game, and then immediately switches over to Lee nearly being beaten up by two drunken homophobes.
- Only Known By His Nickname: A lot of the Firebirds players have nicknames that are used more than their real names. Charm's name, in particular, has never been revealed.
- Potty Emergency: A drunken Lee suffers one in Out of Position after Dev shoves him in a closet to hide from two Hellentown coaches.
- Put on a Bus: Brian in Isolation Play.
- Smug Snake: Brian.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Usually between Brian and Lee. Lee actually tries his best not to act snarky or angry around him, because Brian's basically a Troll who wants Lee to get mad just so he can throw more snarky insults at him.
- Straight Gay / Manly Gay: Dev.
- Tears of Joy: Lee, after Dev finally admits he's in love with him to the public.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- Deconstructed with Dev. In Divisions (and especially Uncovered), Dev becomes increasingly bitter and prickly towards Lee because he's constantly bothering him about Vince King's suicide and all his other personal problems, which distract Dev from his football career. Nevertheless, Dev is, at least, self-aware of his hostile attitude, and he always regrets and beats himself up over the things he says and/or does to Lee, and he (or Lee) try to get past their various arguments.
- Fisher in Uncovered, although that may have to do with the steroids he started taking.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- Dev's father Mikhail. In Isolation Play, he's an ordinary Jerkass, but by the end of the book, he's finally accepted Lee into the family and becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. By Divisions, the "Jerk" part of him is pretty much gone.
- Some of Dev's teammates didn't approve of the tiger's relationship with Lee and his sexual orientation either. Most of them got over it by Divisions, or at least tolerate it and don't outwardly disapprove it.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Wiley's relationship with his mother was already strained at best, but then Eileen joined some kind of support group for parents whose children were "corrupted" by the gays, and started spending time with Mrs. Hedley, who ended up driving an even bigger wedge between Eileen and Wiley.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Causing panic, anger, frustration, denial, and ultimately, introspection.
- We Used to Be Friends: Brian and Lee.
- Wham Episode: Uncovered could very well qualify for being a Wham Book, for several reasons.
- Chapter 5 reveals that there is another gay player on the Firebirds team. It's Kodi.
- Chapter 6 ends with Fisher getting a concussion after being normally tackled to the ground.
- Chapter 7 starts with the Firebirds winning the game, but then immediately switches over to Lee being assaulted by two drunk homophobes and filing charges against one of them, while the other escapes. Later, Gena confesses that Fisher has been taking drugs to help him cope with his leg injury, and it's heavily implied he's also taking steroids.
- Chapter 10, one of the biggest WHAMS in the series. Dev finds out about Lee's court case and confesses about it to him. They get into another argument that makes Lee realize he can't be around him without "screwing up his career." So Lee, temporarily, leaves. Dev doesn't even try to convince him to come back.
- Chapter 11 reveals that Dev's brother, Gregory, is one of the lawyers defending Families United. Dev angrily tells Lee to stay away right when Lee is about to apologize for leaving. Lee calls his father and Dev's mother and tells them about what happened between him and Dev and about Gregory. Lee decides to stay with Hal until the championship is over, and he seriously wonders how long his relationship with Dev will last.
- Wham Line:
- This line from Uncovered, which had "foreboding" written all over it:
Dev: "I know about the court case."
- The beginning of Chapter 11 has Lee dropping one hell of a revelation to the readers regarding Dev finding out about Lee's court case against Families United:
Lee: He didn't find out from his brother, who is one of the attorneys defending Families United.
- And again, from the same chapter, a mere three-worded text message practically changes Dev's character throughout the series:
Dev: Fine. Stay there.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Both Dev and Lee have called each other out on some of the morally wrong things they've done during their relationship.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Lee is sort of one. He doesn't always wear women's clothes, just every so often. It gets mostly dropped in the later books.