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It was Bi Visibility day yesterday, but YouTube, so I’m doing this today. There’s a few things that come up for me when I think of bi representation, so it might seem a little rambly.
Red, White and Royal Blue is the most hyped book with a bisexual protagonist, and possibly the most hyped queer book of 2019. It’s a good book, but my aceness found the history tidbits more fascinating than the sex scenes. And they are truly fascinating! I didn’t know that Hamilton or Eleanor Roosevelt were bi. The letters with quotes from past queer lovers were the best.
Alex’s bisexual awakening is very calm. You get the sense that he feels like he should be panicking more about this, but ultimately there’s bigger things to panic about, like the fact that your boyfriend is the Prince Of England and it’s your mother’s reelection year. It’s very realistic, not the international relations part, but the thing that there’s bigger things to stress over.
It was a 8/12 book for me, there are some things (sex and third person) that just isn’t for me, but I look forward to Casey’s next book, an F/F with time travel, and with a slightly darker tone then RWARB.
Rosa Santos is always a book that comes up for bi representation within an m/f relationship. I didn’t like it, gave it 5/12. I remember it being disjointed and cheesy, but I don’t really remember. It’s about Rosa Santos trying to save her town from something destroying the beach. She organizes a wedding festival with her love interest, who’s doomed to die in the sea, just like Rosa’s father and grandfather. It didn’t play up the curse thing as much as it could, going for a light tone.
I did not know that An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was ownvoices when I read it. Hank Green is in fact, bisexual. When I first read and loved it, I thought it was strange that a straight white man could so accurately capture bisexuality, but know I know he’s not straight! AART is one of my favorites about alien robot statues propelling youtuber April May into fame, destroying all of her relationships.
One of the things it touches on is how bisexuality can damage your career. Towards the beginning, when April May first starts becoming famous, she’s told that it would be best to “pick a side” so that the masses could more easily accept her. This just happened to Kristen Stewart, and probably has happened to loads of bisexual people throughout the years. Some straight people think that bisexuality is a phrase, that if you date a woman you’re going through a “lesbian phase.” Ugh. I hope more bisexual people come out so that people can realize that it’s more common than you might think and be more accepting of possibly themselves and bisexual people within their circles.
It’s reflected in some gay representation like Carry On and More Happy Than Not. The protagonist is in a relationship with someone of the opposite gender. There’s nothing particularly bad about it, they might even be genuine best friends. But then some boy makes a move and they’re ALL GAY now.
This does happen IRL, but it’s not usually done well in books. Bisexuality isn’t mentioned or considered, the girl is tossed aside or made a villain, and It’s just not written well. I want to add that I love Adam Silvera, I was just disappointed that no one ever considers bisexuality.
Like A Love Story does this trope justice. Both of the boys know that they’re gay, but one of them is from a country where it isn’t talked about and has a hard time accepting it. He starts dating the girl, thinking that she’s a cool person and that should be enough. People end up hurt.
I didn’t like the girl, but I appreciated that their relationship was explored and the aftermath of Gay was realistic.
But today’s not about Gay, today’s about Bi.
Ben De Backer likes boys. Nathan likes boys and Ben De Backer. The only mention of bisexuality I recall is when Ben is stressing out about whether or nor Nathan likes them, and Mariam? says “Let’s hope he’s bi.”
Me @ all girls.
Radio Silence is about an aromantic bisexual girl’s friendship with a demisexual nerd. This is refreshingly platonic and there’s just enough mention of it that it’s good representation but it’s not about that. it’s about college stress and a nerdy podcast and parents and
I mean, you’ve already read it you know.
I need to read Heartstopper, but is it not available in the US? I can’t find it anywhere. if you don’t know, it’s set a few years before Radio Silence, about the brother of that protagonist and the beginning of his relationship. If you know where a Californian can get a cheap physical copy, let me know.
I love that Alice also has an aroace book coming out in April, called Loveless. just about an aroace girl’s first year at university and mulling over the idea that romantic relationships aren’t something for her.
I hope Alice, or anyone, really, does something with a biromantic asexual protagonist. It is the default sexuality of my WIPs, but my life is a mess and I know that realistically it’ll be a while before real progress is made. I’d like a story where it is addressed, but not the focus, because the whole thing about being ace or aro is that it’s not as important so allosexuals claim it to be.
Who are your favourite bi protagonists? Is this form of ramble too rambly? What do you like to see in bi representation?