I've never been good at composing self generalisations; elaborate or otherwise. They result in an over embellished lie or a vague and invalid misrepresentation.
I keep seeing posts to the tune of not enjoying published works of fiction because they’re full of straight romance; of having been ruined by fanfiction, because where else are you going to find universes where everyone’s queer, and they also get to go on space pirate adventures?
And I get that. Like everyone, I’ve spent my life inundated by straight media to the point where seeing a man and a woman make eye contact on TV makes me groan. But here’s the thing: these stories about queer characters absolutely do exist.
Don’t conflate mainstream literature with good literature. Queer authors are writing books about queer characters having entire worlds as safe-spaces. I talk to queer authors every day who are writing and have written amazing works of fiction, and I’ve poured endless hours and love into writing my own trilogy.
But here’s the thing: if you want to read about queer characters, you have to support queer authors. If you see something that catches your interest and have the funds to do so, buy it. If you can’t afford it or it’s not your cup of tea, reblog it. Queer fiction isn’t mainstream fiction because it’s queer fiction, and the only way queer people are going to be able to continue to produce the works people are chomping at the bit for is if you support them.
So instead of continuing to indulge in queerbaiting and settling down to read AU number eight-hundred and seventy five about a pair of cis white males, take a look around! Ask for recommendations! Pay attention to what queer people are producing. Trundle through the e-books on Amazon. I promise you, it’s no more stressful than digging through AO3 for something that catches your fancy.
Hear hear. I’d also like to wholeheartedly recommend ebooks from riptidepublishing. Even when I’ve read things that were not my personal cup of tea, they have a a strong commitment to editorial quality and representing queer lives honestly and authentically.
Other queer presses:
so many presses and authors and editors and cover artists and marketers and copyeditors are ALL working so hard to bring queer fiction to you of ALL genres. if there’s a straight thing you like but wish was more queer (ie: teen romances, high fantasy, dark paranormal, sci fi, comedy, space opera, steampunk, literary fiction, erotica…), I guarantee you the presses listed have that exact thing but with canon queer characters.
I *love* fanfic, absolutely love it, read and write it, but it is NOT the only place to find positive, affirming, and authentic queer content. it’s not. hopefully by visiting some of these sites above, you’ll get the chance to see just how legitimate and awesome professionally published queer fiction is.
and the more you buy, the more you signal boost, the more you request our books at libraries, the more likely it is that queer WILL become mainstream.
we’re already working hard to make it happen.
Also Circlet Press, they published Best Bi Short Stories this year and won a Bisexual Book Award for Publisher of the Year 2013! It is also run by an awesome bi woman ceciliatan who has been breaking ground on queer erotic sci-fi since the early 90’s.
Also Regal Crest, which you may recognize as the publisher of the Dar and Kerry books!
Don’t forget Bella Books, if I’m not getting books from BSB, I’m getting them from Bella
sarcasmimmune replied to your photo “It’s been brought to my attention that I might have a slight problem…”
I don’t see a problem here. In fact, I’m slightly jealous. I’ve been contemplating buying myself a new computer and I have 3 already.
I like you.
Okay so for a joke to prove Rule 34 exists I typed a bunch of random stuff into google followed by the word porn and this is what I got.
I cannot fucking deal with this beautiful piece of kismet
You ever just have those moments where you acknowledge how hilarious you are?