Title: Zombie Films on Valentine’s Day
Author: Emily Gould
Length: 3,400 words
Publisher: Less Than ThreePress
Genre: m/m contemporary
There’s nothing worse than spending Valentine’s Day without a date, or so Alec believes—and all his friends agree. Desperate not to spend the night alone, he tries asking everyone he knows to hang out with him, even going to so far as to ask a member of his awful band to hang out for the night. Anything, after all, must be better than spending Valentine’s Day alone.
I’m enjoying these LT3 valentine stories and this one was no exception. It’s not actually a romance, more a story about friendship and the effect that Valentine’s Day has on those who are single. Alec is a bit of a loser who spends his days on the dole and is in a band which is going nowhere. It’s Valentine’s Day and Alec’s flatmate has a date, making Alec feel even worse for spending the evening alone. He asks one of the band members if he wants to hang out but is shot down, so Alec resigns himself to a lonely evening watching Zombie films alone. Things don’t quite work out that way though.
One thing I liked about this story was the way that the author managed to get me to like Alec. He’s a bit of a no hoper who sponges off the government because he can’t be bothered to get a job. People like this generally annoy me and so I wasn’t sure I would like Alec at all. Actually, as the story progressed, I got drawn into his feelings of regret that he had no-one special in his life and how underneath the apathy, there’s a guy who knows how to be a good friend. By the end I felt happy for how the evening worked out for him and even liked him.
The story is only short, but it manages to touch on a couple of themes all linked in with Valentine’s Day and relating to those people who are single and lonely. Themes such as the lengths people will go to just to have a date for the evening, and the way it forces single people to feel bad about themselves. Despite those maudlin themes, the story is ultimately uplifting as the focus shifts to the importance of friendship.
Those looking for a bit of a different story about Valentine’s Day will probably like this one. I did.