So I wrote a story featuring a gay love story centered around the game of go, Love and Go, read the first act here http://www.wattpad.com/story/8148106-love-and-go
As far as I know, there are two mainstream novels that features go. There’s Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata. the author won the nobel prize in literature incidentally. I highly recommend that book.
There is another mainstream novel about go, The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa. I have not read it myself. If you have, please tell me what you think about it.
As for my book, it just seemed that friendship and perhaps love is a very natural thing to happen over a game of go. I can’t claim brilliant insights into the game or some of the deeper themes that you would find say in Master of Go. My ambitions were a lot more modest. What you’ll find instead is just a drama about emotionally troubled characters who happen to like to play a bit of go. But I do hope it’s engaging or the very least entertaining. I suppose, I’ll learn soon enough.
But I enjoyed writing this very much. It turns out when my mind has a symbol, or an object to work with, then ideas flows much more easily. It was fun integrating go into the emotional life of the protagonists. Lateral thinking can lead you to strange corridors.
I thought several times of making the main relationship straight for a wider appeal. In the end I decided, the story was conceived organically with gay characters, and so I’ll just keep that way. When this is finished, I’ll have to think of another story has go and a straight main relationship.