I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.
Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)
Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.
I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.
Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA. Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?
There’s loads of older books about the sea or being lost at sea. I can’t tell you for certain which you mean without more details. It could be The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, Jaws by Peter Benchley, or Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. I hope that helps!
#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Fantastic Four, try Dangerous by Shannon Hale because both feature superpowers and adventures in space!
Dangerous features a one-armed, science-loving, superpowered, home-schooled Latina protagonist. How’s that for original?
If you want to learn more about the book (and particularly its portrayal of disability), Mindy Rhiger reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit here, and interviewed author Shannon Hale here. Check it out!