[Hi everyone, Lili, Utopia State of Mind, here. I just wanted to say that Louise has been such a great friend from the very beginning. I can’t even remember blogging beforehand, because even last year Louise was involved! I love repeat occurrences, we’ve got a bunch of those this year – and that couldn’t make me more overjoyed. Reminder to go check out Foxes Fairytale]
When Lili first got in contact about doing a guest post about representation I was super excited to get involved and to read everyone else’s thoughts on the topic. So, without further ado…
Characters Which Represent Something Close To Me.
When I was thinking about this, the first thing that came to mind was how — when I was an actual YA — I honestly don’t remember reading a single book with a queer woman in it? At all. The only queer rep I even knew about was that Mercedes Lackey had a gay protagonist, but that the story was really sad. Thank goodness for the internet and fan culture, right? In particular, it’s taken years for me to find realistic bisexual women — where being bi isn’t just code for being evil and/or ‘the seductress’.
Three bi girls that I’ve really loved recently are:
Representation I’d Love To See More Of.
As for rep I’d like to see more of, I’d like more queer women in general and specifically more sapphic relationships. There’s been a lot of discussions lately of how hard it is to sell/promote FF books so I thought I’d highlight a few upcoming/ recent releases which I’m really excited about.
The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin [Feb 19]
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron [March 22]
Ship It by Britta Lundin [May 1st]
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan [October 23rd]
Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi [November 27th]