Bulletproof Kinks

In the course of thinking about a new writing project, I’m also reflecting on what I love to read – specifically, those items that, if they appear in a book, will automatically seize my interest as a dog is interested in food. (Whether I actually like the book depends on other factors.)

Among fanfiction writers and readers, these items are referred to as “bulletproof kinks.”

I…seem to have a lot of them.

–Soldiers experiencing postwar angst. World War One is king of all my bulletproof kinks, to the extent that I have shelves and shelves of books about the period and check out all fiction that I can find with that war as a setting.

–The Marriage of Convenience

–Telepaths/precognitives/clairvoyants. Angstful ones in particular, who later find others of their kind and are happier. (Marjorie Liu, I’m looking at you!)

–Adventure stories with crossdressing

–Musicians, and visual artists, and actors, especially when the book addresses how they approach their art. Chefs and seamstresses count, too.

–Superheroes with secret identities, who then run into trouble because either they can’t reveal themselves or because they’ve been found out.

–Strangers in Strange Lands.

–Books/Series with groups of friends who manage to work together against the odds.

Not quite bulletproof kinks:

–Male prostitutes – I collect romances with male prostitute heroes, including those I didn’t love, for research purposes.

–Female soldiers, spies, women who combat standard gender roles in other ways, ditto.

How about you?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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2 Responses to Bulletproof Kinks

  1. Vera says:

    Um… Diana Rigg in that outfit. Definitely.

    The things that I really pine for I don’t get very much in professionally published romance which is why I like your non-dyad/poly relationships stories so very much.

    I like the virgin hero, which you don’t get a lot in Regency romance where I most yearn to see it. I read a Mary Balogh story recently that did it well.

    I’m a complete sucker for required to marry and amnesia stories, too.

  2. @Vera Um… Diana Rigg in that outfit. Definitely.

    I strongly suspect you are not alone in that.

    I, too, will often try any book that offers something outside of the norm…sometimes to my regret. But sometimes I find great stuff!

    I forgot to include Marriage of Convenience! Must edit and add it.

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