Mary Anne and I were talking about stuff involving queer characters in YA books, and we had a question we weren't sure of the answer to. Here's my version of that question:
Do y'all know of YA fantasy or science fiction books that meet the following criteria?
- Protagonist has a same-sex romantic and/or sexual relationship.
- Plot is not primarily focused on romance or on coming-out issues or on the travails of being LGBT.
- Book is commercially successful.
I haven't read nearly enough YA to have any idea whether that sort of thing is commercially viable. I know that there are some successful YA sf books that have prominent LGBT characters (I gather that's true of Holly Black's Faerie books and Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat books, for example, though I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't read any of either series), but what about the actual protagonist of the book?