LGBT Characters and their Role in Literature

Today I’m reblogging a post I wrote two years ago about the role LGBT+ characters in Literature in response to learning that ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ was being made into a film. Now we’re a week away from the release of the film and I couldn’t be more excited, so it felt fitting to bring this up again.

Literature and films such as Love, Simon, Read Me Like a Book and Call Me By Your Name are so important, and I hope that they can set a new foundation for even more representation: more diverse background characters, more LGBT+ characters that lead the show without it following their ‘coming out story’, and more diverse LGBT+ characters (we want racially diverse and gender diverse rep!).  Anyway, 

I’ve got my ticket booked and will be reviewing Love, Simon in the near future, so keep an eye out for that!

What do you think? Are you excited to see Love, Simon or have you already seen it? 

Let me know in the comments!

Alex Dewing


I was recently reading about the upcoming film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s fabulous Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda -which I am very excited for- and started thinking about LGBT characters in books.  More specifically their roles in books. I was thinking about how LGBT characters often tend to be the protagonists and the story seems to revolve around their sexuality or gender-identity. Obviously this is a brilliant thing; literature and YA in particular is becoming so much more diverse and are telling stories that perhaps used to be “taboo”.  More people are being represented and that is always a good thing.

However I was also thinking about how there are not as many books that have LGBT characters, either major or minor, whose stories do not revolve solely around their sexuality or gender-identity.

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2 thoughts on “LGBT Characters and their Role in Literature

  1. Yes and yes. So important def and glad the big screen is catching up. 2017 and 2018 are good years for LGBTQ community.

    Also, I recommend you to read Adam Silvera’s works. I love, love his works. Such a good writer as well.

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