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Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.
An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.
The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.
This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.
It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.
Nigel Harman, you are making me sit through an ITV Miss Marple.
As a life-long devotee of Joan Hickson and Agatha Christie I find this...difficult.
I hope it is appreciated, young man!
Substitute 'Hollywood' for 'British' and you've the last 20 minutes of 'Malice in Wonderland' , a not-too-bad-at-all modern interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. If they're going to play the 'queers are funny/evil/creepy' card, I'd rather they did it from the begining and not lull me into a false sense of security. Bastards:(
Hmm...spending an hour or so in the pub with your Mum on Easter Saturday? Pretty cool.
Spending an hour or so in the pub with your Mum on Easter Saturday because the building caught fire? Less cool.
Am safely back in flat now and thinking uncharitable thoughts to the somewhat drug-addled tenant whose flat caught fire causing mass evacuation, a lady with smoke inhalation and several traumatised pets...
"I met two sausage makers, neither of whom I will talk of at great length because I'm saving it for the book, save to say that they were great characters. Especially Misha with his taxidermy and animal-loving..."
Now I cannot concentrate on my bigang as my head is fully of wacky Misha Collins AU ideas...
The entry is here: http://juliepowell.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html for anyone who's interested:)
Bigbang count: 3308 down, 16692 to go!
My timeline is in need of sense!
And I'm unemployed.
What am I doing with my time? I should have a three volume novel done by now!