How we classify identity in books, how SEO makes trans books easy to find (but also ends up "shoving identity in the readers' faces"), and how pressures to meet the needs of broad audiences can impact representation in books. AKA: Far too long a post for such a surface level exploration of the marketing of transgender books.
Bodies, embodiment, and the self in R. E. Katz' forthcoming debut novel, AND THEN THE GRAY HEAVEN.
A thorough explanation as to why you should not kill your trans characters, along with the EXTREMELY few caveat-filled instances where it is moderately acceptable.
Aiden Thomas' CEMETERY BOYS, validation, and confronting the unhealthy desire to prove one's gender identity, a review.
The ins and outs of transphobic villains, as well as how to (and if you should) redeem them.
An exploration of what the Model Minority trope is and why perfection isn't always a good thing.
A look into what to do if and when someone says your work is transphobic, or a brief guide to apologies, reparations, and self-improvement.
The difficulties of messy relationships, and how FINNA by Nino Cipri shows how to move forward after they end, a review.
A brief breakdown of the relationship between trans representation and non-human species in speculative fiction, and why it's not necessarily a good thing to have your non-human characters be transgender.
The need for trans-inclusive cultural story representation and the way THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg starts to fill in that gap, a review.