As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature, we have invited several authors to share some of their thoughts with us. Please welcome EE Ottoman here today…
Trans Stories and the Woman Disguised as a Man Trope
I have a love hate relationship with the cross-dressing trope that pops up in a lot of romantic storytelling. Specifically the narrative of the woman who disguises herself as a man to go on adventures or otherwise enjoys some aspect of male privilege, and along the way falls in love. It’s a trope found in everything from historical romance novels, historical fiction, classic movies, television shows, romantic comedies, and fantasy novels.
As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature, we have invited several authors to share some of their thoughts with us. Please welcome B R Sanders who’s kicking off these guest posts today…
By Trans For Trans
This is a famous quote from Toni Morrison that has guided my writing career:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
I love this quote. It is a guiding star, particularly for those of us writers who are marginalized. One of the main reasons I started writing fiction was precisely because I so rarely saw representations of people like myself in the genres I most often read: I wanted to read more fantasy and science fiction about transgender people. And I wanted the trans people in these stories to just be people. I wanted to read about trans people living full lives. I wanted to read about them making choices and struggling with things beyond their trans identity.
Throughout the month of July, the Just Love team is super excited to highlight trans books and elevate trans writers! Our goal for the month is to provide a forum for discussion of trans lit topics, ranging from publishing trans stories, to consent and harmful tropes within those stories. There are some absolutely phenomenal authors contributing their voices this month, to which you can check out the schedule here!
Today, we’re recommending books with trans main characters to you. Most of them we already read and reviewed, but there are some upcoming books on the list as well. We separated them by genre and added some tags to help you find a book to your liking.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: DNF @30%
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
Series: River of Teeth, Book One
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
An Unnatural Vice, by K.J. Charles
Series: Sins of the Cities, Book 2
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Small Change, by Roan Parrish
Series: Small Change, Book One
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars