Anonymous said: Ms. Bardugo, I loved your first books, but I was terribly disappointed to see you give in to political correctness in Ruin & Rising. You had a great story and then you ruined it with unnecessary lesbianism. Authors don't need to make statements, they just need to write good books. I hope you'll remember that in the future.
I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.
Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)
Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.
I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.
Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA. Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?
Index card doodles.
I’m going to come our of this emotional closet and say that I really love @NickiMinaj For all of these reasons. She a) doesn’t give a fuck b) can have a line-up of women twerking and have it not look horrible c) writes her own rhymes d) grew up in Hollis, Queens (LIKE MEEEE) e) Is girly as fuck but curses like a sailor f) is incredibly hated by women because she’s a woman in a male dominated industry and people just can’t deal with her badassery. g) IT’S OKAY TO BE FAMOUS AND HAVE AN ASS. #TeamNicki
Praise for THE VICIOUS DEEP Trilogy:
“This fast-paced read will appeal to Percy Jackson fans who are now older teens; there is plenty of adventure, plus a helping of relationship drama and a sprinkling of humor… .the page-turning action is sure to keep [readers] on the edge of their seats. The cliff-hanger ending will leave them clamoring for the next installment.” – School Library Journal
Follow your heart and all that crap.Romance advice I give my friends. ~Z