Date: 2015-01-29 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
I still recommend the book (although I understand why other people might choose to forgo it). Hell, if I had been warned I might have still read the book depending on my mood. But I would've saved myself the trouble of caring for the character. Strangely, once warned and knowing that the character will die, I become much less judgmental about the whole deal. Maybe because I go in knowing the author has some unexamined privileges, and it becomes less of a betrayal because I'm not invested.

I agree with the fact that there's multiple types of privilege at play here when it comes to the death of queer characters (writing, reading, recommending), but it sure is hard to talk about it, because so much of seeing that pattern is having experienced in over and over and over. Oh, do many times I've been told to "prove" my claim over this pattern, or the "if queer feelings/relationship, then physical injury/DEATH" pattern common in queer YA.

I wish I had good answers. :( If the book is otherwise telling a great story and I enjoyed my time with its other characters, I'll check with people who I rec it to. With this book I've recced it to several people after finishing and I said, "I think you'll like this but I have a warning that's a spoiler about the queer character, do you care?" because I know they care about queer characters and it's worked okay. For me it's one book at a time with a lot of comfort reading afterward (so much comfort reading).
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