A Real Good Life

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Title: A Real Good Life
Publisher: The M Press
Author(s): Melody C.
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): May 2006
Medium: print
Genre: slash
Fandom: Brokeback Mountain
Language: English
External Links: online here A Real Good Life
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A Real Good Life is a 118-page slash Brokeback Mountain digest-sized novel by Melody C. It offers an alternative ending to the book and movie.


From a distributor, Agent With Style: "Ennis del Mar has learned his past wasn't anything he thought it was. When he tracks down the man he blames for Jack's death, he finds out that Jack is still alive. Jack had faked his death to leave a "life I couldn't stand no more" as well as shake Ennis up about how much they felt for each other. Conflicted by feelings of anger at Jack's deception, great joy at his being alive, and yet the same fears and doubts that have dogged his steps through every moment of their turbulent relationship, Ennis only knows that he'd "follow him to hell" rather than lose Jack again. It's only when he thinks he's about to lose Jack once more that Ennis finally makes a stand. It's at that point he begins to realize how much about himself ... and his past ... he really knows. A wonderful, feel-good 'fix-it' novella."

From the author's preface: "This novel is based on my short fan story, "The Marrying Kind". It's an extrapolation beyond that narrative. Like most other people, I absolutely love this beautiful film and, being the eternal Candide, I refuse to believe that Jack is dead. I was rewriting the ending before the credits ever finished. Yes, in fact, I am incorrigible. Je dis toujours que tout est bien!"

Author's Comments

'List the five stories you have written that you LOVE the best. Not the best one or the most popular one but the ones that you personally love the best." -- A Real Good Life - Adult - Brokeback Mountain. Once again, I rework an ending to suit my own evil purposes (bwahahahaha) -- it was an easy, stress-free write since I'd had the plot implanted (Phil Dick-like) in total after watching the film. [1]


  1. Melody C. "a dumb thing, a fun thing and a dangerous thing".