September232014

Beyond Diversity 101: On Bisexual Characters and YA Literature

diversityinya:

By Malinda Lo

In response to my posts on Diversity in 2012 YA Bestsellersbisexual-books asked:

Malinda, could you please expand/clarify the following?   I’m not sure what you are trying to get at here.

diversityinya:

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Pretty Little Liars has made a very comfortable home for itself on those lists, because I’m often asked whether having LGBT main characters is a problem. I know that the B is not the same as the L, G or (especially) T, but still: I’m thrilled to see a bestselling series with a queer girl lead selling so well.

This is a complicated question with a complicated answer, and I’ve been mulling it over for some time because I want to make sure I answer this as well as I can.

Please note that I’m trying to write this both for a general audience who may not have detailed understanding of these issues, and for the specific audience that asked this question: the people who run Bisexual Books. So I am focusing primarily on bisexual issues here, even though I touch on other issues as well to provide context.

First, let’s think about the acronym LGBT. That stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. Those are four different identities that have their own individual histories, issues, complications, and stereotypes. (I’ve decided not to delve into Q/queer here, because that’s a different discussion.) The primary thing I’m saying when I say “the B is not the same as the L, G, or (especially) T” is that each of those identities warrants separate consideration because they are separate identities. (I will address that word “especially” later on in this post.)

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Reblogging not just for Magnus Bane but also for Bi Week! Happy #biweek and don’t forget to look both ways!

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dilettantepickle:

hollyblack:

Here’s me reading a little bit from Darkest Part of the Forest back in November of last year, when my hair was still long.

I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS FRIGGIN BOOK

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July22014
malindalo:

Tumblr has informed me that today is National UFO Day! Happy UFO Day to all!

You saw the planet Venus.

malindalo:

Tumblr has informed me that today is National UFO Day! Happy UFO Day to all!

You saw the planet Venus.

June222014
tigris18:

Just got one of the Sherlock books I had ordered in the mail today.
To all my fellow Johnlock shippers: You would LOVE this book!!
It’s basically a published collection of “Johnlock” short stories written by modern-day writers.
Even the introduction to the book is fascinating and enjoyable to read because it discusses a bit of the history behind the “idea” of a romantic relationship between Sherlock and John. There’s even references to the various film/TV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, including Sherlock BBC!
The description on the back states: “What other characters from English literature have captivated hearts and minds as thoroughly as Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion John Watson? Many fans imagine the relationship between these men is deep and more than platonic. In A Study in Lavender, the Holmes universe is queered and authors have devised stories in which Holmes and Watson are lovers, or investigate mysteries of inverts hidden from the laws and cultures of the Victorian era; even the indominable Lestrade has his turn at love; and eerie apparition in the night sky, reminiscent of Jules Verne, draw Holmes to Cleveland Street, home to an infamous scandal.”
Did anyone else squee at the sentence about “Lestrade has his turn at love”? Automatically, my mind went, “OMG! Mystrade!!!” But who knows… :-P
I’m only on the first story right now, but I can say that it is really, really good!
Every Johnlock shipper must own this book!

So proud.

tigris18:

Just got one of the Sherlock books I had ordered in the mail today.

To all my fellow Johnlock shippers: You would LOVE this book!!

It’s basically a published collection of “Johnlock” short stories written by modern-day writers.

Even the introduction to the book is fascinating and enjoyable to read because it discusses a bit of the history behind the “idea” of a romantic relationship between Sherlock and John. There’s even references to the various film/TV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, including Sherlock BBC!

The description on the back states: “What other characters from English literature have captivated hearts and minds as thoroughly as Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion John Watson? Many fans imagine the relationship between these men is deep and more than platonic. In A Study in Lavender, the Holmes universe is queered and authors have devised stories in which Holmes and Watson are lovers, or investigate mysteries of inverts hidden from the laws and cultures of the Victorian era; even the indominable Lestrade has his turn at love; and eerie apparition in the night sky, reminiscent of Jules Verne, draw Holmes to Cleveland Street, home to an infamous scandal.”

Did anyone else squee at the sentence about “Lestrade has his turn at love”? Automatically, my mind went, “OMG! Mystrade!!!” But who knows… :-P

I’m only on the first story right now, but I can say that it is really, really good!

Every Johnlock shipper must own this book!

So proud.

June212014

roboclaws:

HEY I JUST MET YOU

AND THIS IS CRAZY

BUT HERE’S MY NUMBER

SO COME TAKE DOWN AN INTERNATIONAL NEONAZI TERRORIST ORGANISATION WITH ME

MAYBE?

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Awesome

(via annathaema)

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