The dystopian genre has been around for nearly a hundred years. Suzanne Collins’, bestseller The Hunger Games, not only had a major influence on the rise of YA dystopian literature sales, but more importantly, it brought a new genre to Hollywood. A genre that disappeared as swiftly as it appeared.
Growing up, I didn’t come across any LGBTQ+ representation in literature until I was fourteen years old. However, in the present age of ‘BookTok’, young adult fiction is changing for the better.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”- Emily Bronte
I wish I could say I was a cultured 13-year-old reading Wuthering Heights, quoting Bronte. In reality, I first read this quote in the One Direction fanfiction After by Anna Todd on Wattpad.
Mainstream literature can learn a lot from YA fiction about writing characters. It should be remembered that not all characters need to be straight and white. YA provides a great, safe place for BAME and LGBT+ writers and readers alike to see themselves represented.