In interviews with other book bloggers that I host on this blog, I'm constantly asking other people what they would like to see more or less of within YA. And I've realised that I've never answered that question. So in a series of monthly posts I will try to answer as fully as I can something that I would like to see more of in YA... To start us off with, I'm choosing:
I really want to see more lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters within the pages of YA. I'd like to see stories revolving around these characters either focusing on the main issues ... of acceptance, coming out, how people react to the fact. But I'd also really to see more of these characters who populate YA that are okay and open with their sexuality and aren't in a place of struggle. They're just there for no other reason but to be there. I think what we need are more of these stories and also to see all sides of the story in order.
Less emphasis on heteronormative pairings, please! Love is love.
What I really love lately is that there have been plenty of other bloggers supporting and promoting LGBT storylines with dedicated read-a-thons, themed weeks and months that have been widely accepted and celebrated. More of this!
Books with LGBT characters I've read and loved and recommend, just off the top of my head:
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Ash and Huntress by Malinda Lo
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
What is your favourite YA LGBT story?