Even though I do a little something for LGBTQ+ Pride most years, whether it’s attending Pride events or reading LGBTQ+ books throughout the month, I haven’t ever taken any steps to celebrate Autistic Pride even though it’s a really important day. Pride events are all too often geared towards non-Autistic people with lots of loud music, too many people, and absolutely no Autistic representation. Even within the book community, Autistic representation during Pride month is severely lacking so I wanted to shine the spotlight on one of my favourite Autistic queer series – Xandri Corelel – by Kaia Sønderby.
It’s the 4th of May today (if you hadn’t already noticed), so rather than do my new What’s on the Box feature I’m going to be sharing with you 4 of my favourite things about Star Wars!
There are lots of people who couldn’t give a flying care about Star Wars, my mum included, which is fine – but Star Wars has always been a huge part of my life. I was raised on the Original Trilogy with Luke, Leia, and Han Solo as a child and I’m 100% sure it started my lifelong love affair with Science Fiction as well as kickass female protagonists ❤ I wasn’t born when the first films came out but I have been to see every single film release at the cinema since, collected various books, played a lot of the video games and otherwise invested a lot of time into the SW universe. Here are some of my favourite things from SW over the past 26 years.
Troy: Fall a City has been on the lips of many people since its first episode aired on the BBC on the 17th February 2018, but sadly not everything that people have had to say about the show has been positive. To be honest with you all, I loved this show and part of what I loved about it was the thing that the show has received the most criticism over – its diversity.
TITLE: The Belles AUTHOR: Dhonielle Clayton SERIES: The Belles RELEASED: February 2018; Disney-Hyperion GENRE: Fantasy FORMAT: e-Book
KEY INFO: Commodification of women’s bodies, magic, beauty, court politics, secrets and danger
REPRESENTATION: women of colour (MC and side), f/f (side), body sizes
CONTENT WARNINGS: discussions of fatphobia, slavery, death of a queer character, emotional abuse and intimidation
TITLE: Beyond: The Queer Science Fiction & Fantasy Comic Anthology AUTHOR: edited by Sfe R. Monster SERIES: Beyond: Queer Anthology Series RELEASED: September 2015; Beyond Press GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy FORMAT: e-Book
KEY INFO: comics, adorable fluff, queerness, family, acceptance, love and squish
REPRESENTATION: women of colour, f/f, interspecies families and romances, interracial families and romances, m/m, trans woman, polyamorous, people of colour, bisexual, trans masculine, gender fluidity, non-binary, Asian woman
CONTENT NOTICES: appropriation of two-spirit & Native American culture in ‘Twin Souled’