Sun, Feb 23 2014, 03:58 PM EST
Doesn't bother me. Open relationships, poly, whatever. Again, the only thing that'd be a problem with that is the way Naylor usually handles stuff, but in this case I actually have some hope. Some. To me, this seems to be handled, mostly at least, far better than his usual.
I'd expect an author who gets picked up by a publisher to be able to NOT put their own beliefs into every plot, but that's, to me, opposite in a sense. Backwards. That is, I expect an author who doesn't put their beliefs into every plot will stand a chance of being picked up by a publisher.
Loads of small-time artists and writers, however, DO put their own beliefs (and likes, and fetishes if sex is involved, and politics) into whatever stories they create. It's extremely common. Not that it's necessarily good... or necessarily bad. It just is.
It just happens that Naylor is one - and I'm sure there are many others - who typically tend to put a HEAVY political slant. Sticking to fetishes he likes, well, that's also extremely common, you draw either what you enjoy, what your customer base (large or small) buys or, if you're lucky, these paths intersect. In Naylor's case, his commissions don't always follow the same "this is my fetish! Look at it!" lines his own art does; he draws stuff he likes, and if people like reading/viewing it too, awesome.
Bottom line, I stand by what I've said. In my opinion, as someone rather deeply connected with the local LGBTQetc. community, he's keeping his fetishes involved, sure, but a lot of what I see in this plot is actually realistic for the subject matter. I don't know if he has experience, if he asked people, or if it's by coincidence, but a lot of the trans-related nerves, foibles and fears are pretty darned spot-on to what real people go through.