Bluffer’s Guide To The Fringe, 2017 Edition

You may have noticed I’ve gone a bit quiet on here, but you might also spot that it’s August, and there’s a certain large arts festival that’s rolled into Edinburgh. All that free time I said I’d spend writing is actually spent diving into culture and all that. So, I thought I’d put together a bluffer’s guide to all things Festival, for any of my pals visiting this month…

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#BroodyBFF: Soundtracks

It’s almost as if this challenge was made for me, eh? Today in the #BroodyBFF challenge, we’re talking about music: what songs remind me of YA books, books with music in them, and writing soundtracks. I’ve already talked about music and writing here, but basically I could talk about it until the YA apocalypse so here goes nothing…

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#BroodyBFF: LGBTQ Reads

It’s the third Broody BFF challenge already? Time flies when you’re frantically ploughing through edits on your banshee-based YA caper. As it’s Pride month, it’s all about LGBTQ reads…

 

I must confess that I’m shamefully under-read in LGBTQ fiction. In fact, of all the YA I’ve read over the last three years, precisely two of them don’t involve a cast of all-straight characters, and both of those are by Patrick Ness.

Now, Release was fantastic, and I chomped through the story in a couple of days. The sheer heartbreak of Patrick’s autobiographical tale of Adam, a boy growing up gay in a conservative, Christian family, just broke my heart. And while I’m not familiar with Mrs Dalloway on which it’s based, I like the compact form of the whole thing taking place on a single day. There’s such a beautiful, lyrical flow to Patrick’s prose, especially in the (at times confusing) magical realism sections. Basically, go forth and read this book – you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to the Twitter YA community and the timesink that is Goodreads, I’ve also started building up a wishlist of diverse reads for the summer, especially books with bi representation. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue is high up on the list, because who doesn’t want a Victorian swashbuckling romp starring a bisexual gentleman? (Feel free to recommend a pile more, because it’s not like my to-read pile isn’t high enough 😉 )

And on that note, back to editing a novel with a bi main character…