Lunaesca wrote:I think the use of 'queer' is misleading. I thought the entire time it meant gay and was very confused when it talked about him having a wife. Yes, I know it has multiple meanings, but you added at one point that Tyler was waiving a rainbow flag to try to get his attention, which just made me thing even more that it was going to later be revealed Simon was gay.
I understand why one might find it misleading. The intention was to use the word in the context that he was 'strange' or 'odd'. I read a lot of old horror and that word is more often than not used for their weird and strange. But if you felt it misleading that is the nature of words with multiple meanings, so hopefully it didn't detract from the story.
(Anyone can marry anyone regardless of orientation, in fact many people marry outside their preference to avoid a stigma or to live up to society's expectation of them) But for the record I didn't include an orientation because I didn't really think about it. I didn't find his orientation relevant so it's whatever you want him to be. The world is your oyster.
As for the rainbow flag...The main reason I used that is that its colorful and bright and if you want someone to see you in a sea of people for a political rally, that would probably get you noticed. But the point there was that there were so many people, it wouldn't matter what he did, no one would see him.
Thank you for your insight! It's helpful for when I write in the future and I encourage you to keep analyzing with such discerning eyes. I hope none of these things detracted too much from the story for you and that you enjoyed it nonetheless.