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The other day I was telling my BFF/plot sounding board an idea I have for a dystopian series. “It’ll be MM, of course,” I said, and then launched into what I have so far.
“That’s a really good idea!” she said. “It’s similar enough to some books out there, but still original. You should make that a mainstream book instead!”
I didn’t say much, except that I’d probably be stuck self-publishing it if I did, not that there’s anything wrong with that; it just isn’t a pool I’ve swam in yet and I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I suppose I could spend a few years trying to shop it out to agents first and then settle on self-pubbing, unless of course the market for those books was saturated by the time I realized no one was going to take it because it was one of millions, and then it could just collect dust on my hard drive like that vampire YA I wrote.
Those, alone, seemed like good enough reasons to stick with my original plan, but then I kept thinking about it.
I thought about all the times my mom has said, “You should write the next Hunger Games instead of those other books!” Yeah, Mom. I’ll do that tonight. For one, non-authors have a skewed sense of how the industry works and how people make it big. If only success could be had by simply writing a great book (sometimes, success is had without even writing a somewhat decent book, but that’s another topic).
But also, I thought about how I’m expected to conform to something that society views as more normal. I hate to be the one to burst anyone’s bubble, but sex is normal. Gay people are normal.
Here are some definitions for mainstream from Dictionary.com:
the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend: the mainstream of American culture.
a river having tributaries.
regular school classes or regular schools: keeping autistic students in the mainstream.
belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist; mainstream media .
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music. Compare traditional ( def 4 ) .
I dare say that gays are a widely accepted group, and if not, then I’m spending my time wisely if my writing helps make literature featuring same-sex couples more accepted.
I dare say, also, that sex is a dominant course, tendency, or trend everywhere and by everyone (including non-humans).
Furthermore, I’ll venture to say that both sex and gay people are infinitely more mainstream than jazz. I mean, it’s jazz. What the fuck? 😉
So, why can’t I write my dystopian, paranormal/sci-fi epic with a gay love story in it? If the plot is good enough for mainstream, then the damn mainstream readers should just freakin’ read it. Why should I change what I like to write for them? They should change for me, dammit.
Anyway, to all you LGBT readers, lovers, writers, and supporters, I say thanks. Keep pushing back. Let’s redefine mainstream one idea/person/book at a time until all of our tributaries are recognized as integral pieces of a whole, indispensable and absolutely normal.
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