“It really shines a light on the effect depression has on LGBT+ youth, and I think it’s also really important that it addresses being gay in a Latino community, where being gay is unheard of. It’s a really important book and I recommend it to everyone.”
“It’s a classic about a man in Edwardian England who falls mutually in love with a peer at Cambridge and their subsequent years together. It deals heavily with class difference and societal expectations for a man in the upper middle class during this era but it ends happily, so that’s a plus.”
“It’s such an amazing and well-written book that not only explores queerness but also being a POC (specifically being Mexican) and figuring out who you are and learning to accept and love yourself. It’s such a great book and I love it so much.”
“It’s a beautiful book about love (in all its forms), loss, and starting anew. The book is amazing and I always find something new in it each time I re-read it. It’s a must read for all LGBT+ rights advocates.”
“It’s about the hardships endured during the 1950s in Virginia, especially with integration and accepting your sexuality at that time. The two main characters Sarah and Linda are complete opposites, both on different sides of the battle for civil rights, but soon realise they are falling for each other.”
“This was a great lesbian coming-of-age novel that highlighted all the issues people in the LGBT community faced back then [in the ’60s]. It’s important for me to not ignore the advances that people fought for, for me to be comfortable coming out today.”
Recommend me works with well-written female characters written by women who are NOT sidelined or crapped over.
I’m not sure if you mean books or tv shows/movies, so I’ll respond with books, and write about tv shows/movies in another post later.
List of some books I’ve read and enjoyed that feature well-developed female characters. Most are written by women, but i included two written by men that I thought were worthy. (Note that some probably have triggering or problematic material in them, so if you have questions about that, I’ll try my best to remember and let you know).
Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank - historical fiction about a Polish woman in Nazi Germany struggling to survive and to save the few people she can from the Holocaust
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - written in the 19th century about the ostracism a lower class English woman from the country faces; the book grapples with issues of rape and double standards in a way far ahead of its time
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - story of a woman from a rich family who, due to familial ruin, is of little means, and struggles to retain her place due to the lack of options afforded high society women in New York in the early 20th century
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li - collection of short stories by a Chinese American author about life in China; some stories focus on male characters and some on female - all the characters are fully realized and well-written
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile- a black female New Yorker grapples with racism when she abandons life in the city to farm sugar cane on the land her father left her in Louisiana
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- probably one of the most compulsively readable books ive ever devoured, you can’t stop turning the page: a compelling, whip smart and pitch black thriller that also works as a cutting commentary on misogyny and marriage in contemporary american society
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - a classic from one of the greatest satirists, focused on the domestics absurdities of the Victorian Era
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Black lesbians and seminal womanism text - need I say more?
Sula - one of Toni Morrison’s most acclaimed works - focuses on the intense and complicated relationship between two black girls who grow up together
The Hours by Michael Cunningham - shifts between three interlocking narratives about three different women throughout history: a bi woman in the 1990′s grappling with a former lover dying of AIDS, a queer homemaker forced into a loveless heterosexual marriage in the 50s, and Virginia Woolf struggling with mental illness
Beloved by Toni Morrison - focuses on the trauma of slavery through the story of a free Black woman and her relationship with her daughters
Orlando by Virginia Woolf- rollicking gender bending odyssey of the titular character who lives from the era of Shakespeare through to the 20th century
The Awakening by Kate Chopin - focuses on a woman trapped by the confines of marriage in the late 19th century
Passing by Nella Larsen - focuses on the complex relationship between two light-skinned Black women who “pass” in different ways in early 20th century Harlem; lots of lesbian undertones
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - like most of Wharton’s work, again, about Victorian high society New York; although from the perspective of a man this time, the female characters are multifaceted and well-developed
When I started One Piece, I remember thinking that Sanji’s backstory was the most tragic along with Nami’s and Robin’s. All involve death, but these three explore the depths of human remorse much better. Robin turns herself into a ruthless criminal to survive, Nami into a thief, and we can see her greed for money perfectly explained, and Sanji, after losing his whole crew - back then we could think the Orbit was kind of his family -, is ready to murder to survive.
They are the best because they explain how some traumatic events show us how even a innocent child can easily turn into a monster, and how it is for those who survived them to go back to a normal life and to have normal healthy relationships with others, how to be able to trust again.
As I said, I thought it was really painful, but out of the three, Sanji’s was probably the less traumatic.
Nami’s overcoming of her past was shown carefully in Arlong Park, very early in the manga. Since then, she’s gone through relatively small changes in the trust she has in ner nakama.
Robin’s started back then in Enies Lobby, but was only completed just recently, when questioned by Inuarashi about her safety, she assured him she trusts her life completely in the hands of her comrades.
For what concerns Sanji, we deemed it was completed with Zeff’s meeting, but just because we thought that was all there could be to it. Now, unlike any other character we could suspect of except probably Brook. Sanji’s trembling told us it wasn’t overcome at all.
And how strange is it at chapter 838? I think Sanji’s definitely a special characters to Oda.
As I already mentioned, I am participating in the December challenge that @ladybookmad is doing called #ReadWomen where the goal is to only read books written by women. And to kick it off before December hits I thought I would share some of my favorite books by women, and some of Janel’s favorites as well!
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
East by Edith Pattou
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
YA Contemporary/Middle Grade
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth *
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio *
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King *
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson *
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley *
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
Lumberjanes by Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, & Noelle Stevenson *
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg *
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour *
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson *
Brooklyn Girls series by Gemma Burgess
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
The titles that are in italics mean that the authors are one of my favorites and I think you could read ANYTHING by that woman and enjoy it. And books that have LGBTQIA+ protagonists have a (*) to mark them. Enjoy!