#SixforSunday is a weekly MEME hosted by A Little But a Lot, this week’s prompt is:
Favourite LGBTQIA+ characters
Not going to lie, this was an extremely difficult post to write because it turns out I don’t remember characters as well as I thought I did.
❥Nina Zenik (bisexual) from the Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows follows a group of six unsavoury individuals who perform the ultimate heist.
Nina is the bisexual waffle-loving goddess of my dreams and I adore her. YA fantasy, and just books in general really, need more flirty, ambitious, strong-willed characters like her.
❥Noah Sweetwine (gay) from I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give You the Sun is a dual perspective story following two twins, Noah and Jude, and how they went from being inseparable to being distant.
I easily preferred Noah’s perspective over Jude’s in this novel, and he really made the novel for me. He’s such a sweet character and watching his development over the course of the novel was such a great experience.
❥Benjamin Ovic (gay) from Beartown by Fredrik Bachman
Beartown takes place in a small town, whose community is extremely passionate about hockey. Its inhabitants rest its future on its junior hockey team in hopes that the team’s success will garner more business for the town. After an act of violence is committed by one of the hockey team members, the community is left divided and the fate of the town is in jeopardy.
Benji is my favourite character from Beartown. I don’t usually latch onto the quiet brooding type, but he was just so well written, so easy to root for and empathize with, and so kind.
❥Tanner Scott (bisexual) from Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
The synopsis of Autoboyography can be wrapped up in a single sentence, bisexual boy falls in love with in-denial-about-being-gay Mormon boy.
Tanner is a fantastic protagonist and by the end of the novel you’ll feel like you just made a new friend. He can be lazy, he’s the type of guy to think with his heart and not his head, and he is so open about meeting new people and having new experiences, he’s such an enjoyable perspective to read from.
❥Roarke Richards (gay) from The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
The Book of Essie follows a young woman named Essie whose extremely religious family has their own reality TV show. When it is discovered Essie is pregnant (and unmarried) her controlling mother tries to devise a way to avoid scandal. Meanwhile Essie has her own ideas in mind about how to deal with the pregnancy.
I think part of why I became so attached to Roarke’s character was his friendship with Essie. I don’t often come across memorable platonic relationships between two characters of the opposite sex and Essie and Roarke’s friendship was one of the highlights of the novel for me. It also helps that Roarke is such a good guy.
❥Willem (queer) from A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
While the actual synopsis of A Little Life describes this book as the life of four college friends, I would say this book is mainly about Jude and the different relationships in his life. The main ones being his relationship with his broken body, his relationship with the adult males who enter his life, and his relationship with his closest friend Willem.
Willem is one of my favourite characters ever. He is so kind and loyal and I just want him to have all the good things and be happy. He’s also a really great foil to Jude and really helps balance out this sad story. Also, I have a definite soft spot for flirty characters.
I’m not surprised this list is dominated by male protagonists, as I often have trouble finding books with queer female leads. If you have any recommendations please point them my way! Happy reading! 💗