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Queer Characters in YA Genre Fiction

Feel like your life is would be a little bit brighter if it included a lesbian werewolf and some kickboxing drag-queens? Me, too. But you may not expect to find these characters in the pages of your favorite fantasy, mystery, or historical novels. That’s because queer representation in genre fiction has consistently lagged behind contemporary.

There will always be a need for coming out stories and real-life portrayals of queer characters in YA lit. With releases like Mark Oshiro’s Anger Is A Gift, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, and Claire Kann’s If It Makes You Happy, publishing is starting to address the dearth of stories that feature the intersection of gender identity and sexual orientation with various forms of bias.

The last few years have also seen an increase in LGBTQAI representation in YA genre fiction. So, if you’re seeking books that better reflect your own experiences or that are simply more inclusive, check out the following fantastic reads:

Read more in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales. By Juliet White.

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Feminism in Fiction | Jun O.

Feminism in fiction?
YES.
We need more. Bring it on.

feminism - the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the
equality of the sexes 


First things first, we can’t talk about fictional feminism without first understanding the meaning of feminism.

Not to be confused with feminine, feminism, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.”

Essentially, feminism is about parity for women who, until now, have been treated as a minority and pushed aside for opportunities related to work, education, and publication- even though women make up to 50% of the world’s human population.

Read more about feminism in fiction in the May 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Jun O.

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Trigger Warnings in Fiction

Words hold a lot of power. They can remind us of the best times of our lives but they can also bring back haunting memories of the worst times as well.

From an early age, we’re restricted by our parents, by society, and by big corporations. They tell us what content we can consume and what is inappropriate. One of the most obvious examples is film. All movies are rated according to their content whether it be violence or sex or something else. We are told by our parents at 12 years old that we cannot watch a film rated PG 13 because we are not old enough yet. They want to protect our innocence from what is being depicted in the film.

What if this happened to our reading material as well?

Read more about trigger warnings in YA fiction in the April 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Mieke Göttsche.

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Resiliency in YA Lit

One of the main differences between YA lit and adult fiction is hope. However dark young adult novels get—and some are dark enough that we crave night vision goggles—a ray of hope filters through the pages.

Resilience is a life skill that we all need, but it’s not something we’re specifically taught in school. Thankfully, humans have always drawn life lessons from art and that’s true of YA lit, too. The sheer doggedness displayed by the characters populating these books provide us with a well of inspiration for getting through the rough stuff.

Read more about the role hope plays in YA fiction in the March 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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Romantic Cliches in YA Literature

Even though most people can’t agree on what’s the target age range for YA literature, what we can agree upon is that teenage romance is a big topic in almost every young adult book you can find in stores.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing. We all know teenagers are dating and, in general, girls love to read about love. The problem is, it’s hard to write a romance that’s not one big cliché. I feel like if you can imagine any romantic plot for a book, it’s already been written.

To write a good and unique romance, authors have to fight against clichés to make them better, which is not an easy goal but once done, it pays off. Before you can defeat your enemy, you need to get to know your enemy.

Read three of the worst clichés in YA romances in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Martina Krausová.

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