I’m a character-driven reader: it’s the characters that suck me into the plot and make me want to keep turning the pages. I especially love finding characters who resemble me in some way, from hair texture to musical inclinations. But what happens when you almost never see a key component of your identity mirrored in the characters you love?
I identify as bisexual, and I want to know where the queer characters are in mainstream literature.
To be clear, I’m not talking about the characters you find in the LGBTQ+ section of the bookstore. I hate browsing in that section and feeling that I have to seek out these characters, and that when I do their narratives are only focused on their sexual orientation or gender identity. I just want queer characters to exist organically in the books read by the mainstream public. Continue Reading ›