LGBT, SF, YA, and Other Useful/Distracting Acronyms


In an interview for the Young Adult Library Association’s blog, YA novelist Malinda Lo talks about writing within certain genres—young adult, fantasy/sci-fi, feminist, LGBT—and how it can be both confining and liberating.

…I know that labels can be a useful way to find something you’re interested in. I also want LGBT teens — especially queer teen girls — to know that my books exist, and if those labels put my books in their path, all the better. On the other hand, I don’t believe my books can be reduced to any one label or category, and nor can most books.

She also has some interesting thoughts on how the celebration of LGBT books often puts the G in the spotlight and leaves the L, B, and T out in the cold.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →