After writing about the potential benefits of bromance last week, this idea came into my mind — bromance novels! I’m sure someone else has already thought of this, of course. Here are some bromance novel ideas:
- Odd couple bromance. This would be a common trope for bromances, I think. Two men with little in common are thrown into a situation together where they are forced to spend time with one another, and they become great friends.
- Forbidden bromance. Members of rival gangs discover a mutual love for something unusual in their context (Dungeons & Dragons? Mariokart?), so they begin meeting in secret to indulge their appetite. True friendship flowers, and one of them ends up sacrificing himself for his friend to stop a gang war. ‘Greater love has no man than this…’
- Amish bromance. A farmer and a millworker meet at a barn-raising in Pennsylvania. They get to chatting and find that more unites them than just eighteenth-century technology and a love of Jesus.
- Lord-servant bromance. I’m thinking here of the stablehand and his master who become more than just friendly but true friends, and the master gets into social trouble for spending his leisure hours in the company of someone of such a low station. He also helps the stablehand woo a rich lady, thus intertwining the sort of plot you see on the racks of grocery-store romances with bromance.
- Old widower bromance. A grumpy widower joins the post office and moves to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, during American prohibition. While there, he meets a happy, young Mountie, and their friendship takes off. He ends up helping the Mountie take down whisky-runners during a daring chase through Moose Jaw’s tunnel system.
- Historical bromance. Two pilgrims setting from Paris for Compostela strike up a conversation. They have many adventures along the way, but the biggest adventure of all is finding true friendship on a journey towards true religion.
Sub-theme of historical bromance: Fictionalised historical bromance, including such figures as:
- Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus.
- Ambrose of Milan and his brother Satyrus
- John Chrysostom and his friend Basil
- John Cassian and Germanus
- Are Francis of Assisi and Brother Leo bromantic?
- What about Luther and Melanchthon?
Feel free to write any of the above. Not sure I have the time…