Book Discussion – LGBT In Literature

Hello again everybody! Today I’m back with one of my favourite types of video – a discussion video, and today it’s about one of the most important issues in books recently – LGBT and the representation of LGBT characters. In this, I take a look at some of the different ways LGBT characters are represented, and what we should be aiming for in the future.

With this kind of video, I’m really intrigued to see what all of you guys think, and I look forward to hearing some of your thoughts in the comments!

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Comments

The Owlery Books says:

Great video! I am trying to read more LGBTQ+ books and the books you mentioned sound really good! I loved this discussion!

Throughout the Violet Eye says:

Hey! I really like your video, just came across your channel and I’ve been enjoying it! I haven’t read a lot of LGBTQ+ books but I’m really interested in them, I also wish new writers will start including gay people or transexual people as their characters without that being the main focus of the story. Also I believe that there is not much books where the characters are bisexual, they’re either gay or straight but not in the middle. I believe this would be a positive aspect to bring specially to YA novels.

Alberto Amoni says:

Hi dude! Thanks for the list, I’ll definitely read some of these! You should read “They both die at the end” by Adam Silvera, it falls in your favority kind of gay-representation books, it really has little to nothing to do with the story, but it sure add an over the top beauty to it (in my opinion). That said, don’t think too badly of authors who just jump straight at the issue, instead of just adding it to a story, sometimes I really feel the need to identify myself with others, and these books that deal directly with all the drama that may come from growing up as a gay guy (closeted or not) in a not-so-accepting community are really just what need to make me feel less alone, so I’d say they serve quite a noble purpuse aswell =).

SlapClap BackPack says:

So I’ve scrolled through the comments and notice everyone passive aggressively getting mad at you because you’re so focused on the “G” of LGBT or you’re “male oriented” and I see you constantly apologizing for it. You shouldn’t apologize. These are book YOU like and quite frankly I find it extremely hard to find good novels with good gay male protagonists so thank you for pointing me in the right direction. The market is crowded with female authors with female problems and female protagonists. I wouldn’t let these people with these comments dominate your channel. You’re list is awesome! your title shouldn’t change and if someone doesn’t like your video or your book recommendations, what are they even doing watching your videos. Keep up the good work! It’s okay to talk about gay men lol jeez people grow up and surf a different channel. I will not be responding to any other commenter, I’m speaking directly to the content creator.

mementomori says:

Great discussion. I’m with you. I am drawn to books that happen to contain LGBT characters or themes without the whole story revolving around it. A Little Life is a recent book that featured this but as a whole the book was a mess. ‘The Single Man’ and ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and & Clay’ are 2 book that immediately come to mind that fall in the spectrum of the 3 (positive) ideas of representation without feeling pandering. Again, great video!

Georgina Kane says:

Hi! Just wanted to say that I totally agree with what you’ve said. When I wrote my novel – Awaken- I didn’t set out to write a gay story. I instead wrote a really cool Scifi adventure where my main character happens to be a boy that falls in love with another boy. But at no point in my book do I make this an issue since it’s completely normal for that to happen. There’s no homophobia in the world I’ve created. A world I wish existed ❤️

Justine Burns says:

I listened to The Farm on booktape and really enjoyed it. It was very interesting and the fact that the narrator was gay was handled. Like it made complete sense and I love that it wasn’t a big deal.

Cherrie Walker says:

Really great video, I found your link on a Goodreads booktuber page and have now subscribed :)

TheConqueeror says:

You’re lacking pretty much all letters besides G. Where are all the “LBTQ” characters?
This is another issue. People will say “oh this book is LGBT” or “there are so many LGBT books out there these days” but show me a lesbian trans woman in a book. Show me a female bisexual (bonus points if she actually ends up with a woman). Show me nonbinary/genderqueer characters.

Maybe you should change the video title (I don’t mean this in a rude way) but it’s very misleading. And I’m saying this as a female aligned nonbinary person who is attracted to females. Literally no one but the capital G is included in this video.

Amrita Sarkar says:

Yay for a discussion video! I’m yet to read any Sarah Walters, but I think the plots of her books (I’ve seen the TV adaptations) go along the lines of having a lesbian relationship as an integral part of the story, but not the only thing about them. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Mysterious Skin. A couple of classics recommendations: E.M. Forster’s Maurice, which is one of my favourite books ever, and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, which is bizarre and a lot of fun. A more recent one would be Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy.

AminTheMystic says:

Not a criticism but an observation: Your reading list is very male orientated.

kylie McLaughlin says:

One of my all time favorite LGBT+ books is Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith. This is adult fiction but I think it’s accessible. It’s a beautiful story about gender fluidity and sexuality, along with interesting subplots like environmentalism and women’s rights in the work place! The story is told from different perspectives so you get to see the issue from different angles. It’s beautifully done, not too long, and definitely worth the read!

Read To Me At Midnight says:

Just found you through the Goodreads thread and I love this video! Just subscribed and I’m looking forward to seeing more! Great discussion, I’ve added your recs to my TBR :)

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