I did a guest post for Up Close and Literal on whether LGBT counts as a genre, where I tell a story about one of my readers that reflects why I think we still need this label for LGBTQ books—especially in young adult fiction.
“I was asked a couple of questions as a prompt for this guest post.
The first was: is LGBT a genre?
The answer to this is simple: no, it’s not.
Allow me to put my teacher hat on here. The term genre, which translates from the French to ‘kind’, is used in popular culture to define a set of conventions and expectations of a type of story. For example, when I’m teaching my media students about genre, I ask them them what they expect when they are about watch a new TV sitcom. They’ll inevitably spout a bunch of conventions like canned laughter, lots of one-liners, the short length, limited sets, the lack of narrative continuity etc. And when I ask them what they expect from a fantasy, someone will inevitably call out “dragons!”
There is no set of rules or expectations of the label ‘LGBT’ as such, except, you know, the presence of LGBT folk.”
Read the rest of the post at The Book Lounge
My latest LGBTQ YA book, Here’s the Thing, will be released October 19.
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