There is a post here
at io9 by Charlie Jane Anders about a genre mashup she'd like to see which she calls 'the Evil Overlord Romance'.
It’s kind of tongue in cheek and I actually can’t tell just how serious she’s being but at the end she says: "Admit it: You want to read a whole Evil Overlord Romance novel now.
And my answer is pretty much: hell, yes. I’ve never thought of it as ‘evil overlord romance’ but that is a trope I love
. I would be ecstatic if it actually became the new big thing in books. I would read all those books. I would love for this to become a real genre option.
A lot of my fannish pairings would fit under this genre and even more if you look at them in a slightly AU way. This includes Sarah/Jareth (who were pictured in the article), Clark/Lex, Xavier/Magneto, Ares/Xena (or ubber Xena/Gabrielle), Doctor/Master, Carolyn/Riddick, Ba’al/anyone, Elena with pre-show Damon or with Katherine/Elijah/Klaus, BOSS’s Eriko/Nodate seemed set to fit this genre at the end of season one... I would be all over a story where say Lucy Diamond actually did live up to her press and seeing how her relationship with Amy progresses with that true. “Unless you're going to make Wendy herself into the superhero/world-saver who accidentally falls in love with her arch-nemesis, in which case go for it. But having some other hero besides Wendy just takes away from the all-important focus on Wendy as our protagonist and the light to the Overlord's darkness.”
This was a quote from the article that I particularly loved. Why does there have to be a third person, another male character to be the ‘hero’ and oppose the overlord? Why the hell can’t the heroine be that too? Heroes falling in love with their arch-nemesis, especially if there is a more complicated past relationship happening between them, is something I eat up with a spoon. We need more female heroes who don’t have to share the spotlight with a male hero. Actually we need more female Overlords and awesome bad guys as well. And just once I would love nothing more if both main characters in a sci-fi/fantasy/action flick could both be female. I’m dreaming I know but it’s such a nice dream.
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