Gay YA books are the most popular books besides gay romances in the gay category, still it is considered too niche.
Well, Slant isn’t male-male erotica, and it isn’t a romance either. But I find this new trend fascinating. However, the male characters in gay romances, just like the heros in straight romances don’t behave like real people, often don’t behave like gay men in real life. Still, I hope perhaps some straight women will be interested in reading gay books that focus on realistic gay issues in addition to gay romances.
From 1969 until 1998 there were 28 young adult novels with LGBT characters published. From 1998 to 2003, 42 more novels were published.
That’s from about 1 a year to almost 9 a year.
— Thom Creed, p. 428 Hero by Perry Moore; perfect description & [SPOILER] perfect final line to end a story made by & meant for an LGBT reader. (via houseoforange)
8 Asians, a popular blog on Asian American issues, just released a review on Slant.
Interestingly, I just found out, Wesley Yang, who recently wrote a fascinating article on Asian American experience in New York magazine, used to write for 8asian.com (maybe sill do).
“It’s two different audiences. Readers who are reading M/M fiction aren’t reading gay fiction. It’s two different types of books.”
-An article discussing the M/M Romances that seems to dominate gay book categories.
Meh. I could’ve done without reading this book. Sorry to spoil the review there.
I had read of a few blogs hinting at an asexual character, but that turned out to be disappointing speculation. That, coupled with the appearance of several gay characters, I was looking forward to diving into some absorbing Queer YA Fiction.
So, we have Will Grayson (number 1) who is friends with Tiny Cooper, the biggest gayest sweetest high schooler around. We have Will Grayson (number 2) who is gay, and who through happenstance meets the other Will Grayson, and consequently Tiny Cooper. The common thread throughout is Tiny’s ambition to mount a musical play at his school, a musical which is about, written, directed, produced, and starring Tiny Cooper, and is obviously very gay (the musical, but so is Tiny).
I bought this book. It’s by the author of “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.” Will post my own review sometime.