Yesterday, blogger Amanda Rudd posted about her LGBT bookshelf, and the lack of that theme in many YA books, along with it being harder to have books published with that orientation as a focus of the books. I wanted to voice my opinion here, instead of just commenting on her post. You can read her original post here, My LGBT YA Bookshelf, which also has another link to a couple other things relating.
I think one thing about YA literature, for one is, most young adults are not reading it. It is a harder age group to publish in because of the lack of reading. Having worked at a library, I can honestly say that the Young Adult section was one of the least used sections. Rarely did anyone check out books from there. That right there in itself, is a reason why publishers would be leery of publishing a book that might not be as popular as others. As LGBT is not a majority of the population, it isn’t as popular, obviously. You are taking a risk to publish within the YA books, and an even greater risk with something that may not make a go.
It is becoming more common to see a LGBT theme in adult fiction, but it still isn’t the norm. Personally, I do not go out of my way to read books that have that theme, as I don’t fully agree with it. If the lead characters are of that world, then no, I probably won’t read it. If there are minor characters in a book that are either gay or lesbian, fine, but it wouldn’t be my main attractor.
Now, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that would like to be able to read books with that theme, but unfortunately, it isn’t as common of a practice yet. I think it will take time for it to work its way into fiction. But in my opinion, the reason it isn’t in YA books is because it isn’t the world’s easiest genre/ age group.
Now, this isn’t the most put together post. I’m sure I could have delved deeper into the subject, but, as it was only meant to be a comment in regards to Amanda Rudd’s blog, I think it’s long enough.
Check out her original post, and see what you think.