rainbowfish on Jun 30th 2011 at 10:27:01 PM
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Arivne on May 24th 2018 at 10:57:58 PM
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Alice and Bob have been together for years, Charlie's got a new girl every episode, and even though Diane just broke up with Edward, she and Franz seem to be getting along swimmingly. But poor Gerald, no matter how hard he tries, can't seem to find himself a boyfriend.
This trope is when most of the straight people in the cast are pairing up and dating and having wacky romantic troubles, but the gay characters aren't, even if they're actively looking for a partner. If bisexual characters are present, they may or may not fall into this trope- and if they don't, it's usually because they're only seen having relationships with the opposite gender.
A variant of this is when Gerald does date- but it happens completely offscreen, and the straight characters' relationships don't.
There are many reasons why this might happen. For one thing, gay people in real life have a smaller dating pool and it can be harder to find somebody. More unfortunately, though, many authors want to include gay people in their stories, but don't feel comfortable writing them in actual relationships. Equally unfortunate is when authors assume the only people in their audience who enjoy seeing gay relationships are the Yaoi Fangirl or Yuri Fanboy crowd, and avoid them so not to cater to those demographics. Somewhere in the middle, many authors don't have any experience with same gender relationships and just don't want to get it wrong.
Expect this to be averted to hell in back in a Queer Romance.
Seen It a Million Times, but can't think of any examples right now. Possibly needs a better name.
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