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.