I’ve read the book a bunch of times. When Squirrel and I first saw the trailer in a theater, he asked me after what the book was about. I struggled to explain it. This is not a matter of forgetting, but a matter of having a hard time putting it in to words. I could talk about themes, but how do you explain in a couple sentences why it’s still a big deal in American Literature? The plot isn’t the point, and a summary won’t convince someone it’s worth reading. I’m not convinced a discussion of themes means anything to someone who hasn’t read it. I think this difficulty in putting it into words is why Colbert’s half hour of Gatsby coverage was so good and clever. It manages to talk about it’s importance while acknowledging just how challenging the book I despite it’s length and maybe because of it’s fairly simple plot. I think everyone who’s read it in high school had a similar struggle at some point when faced with class discussions and test questions.
I'm androgyne, transexual, poly, and androphilic. Nec hoc nec illud is Latin slang for bisexual, but I use it because it translates loosely as "Neither one thing nor the other." I think this is a good description of me, even though I'm not bisexual. This tumblr is neither one thing nor another also. It's random stuff I'm randomly interested in. I don't do "reblog if you believe X" posts, as I feel they are coercive to the reader and if you read my stuff you already know what I believe.
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Is this high art? No. however, it’s a solid, likeable YA speculative fiction novel with a bisexual main character. It also does that thing I’ve been wanting more of, which is to have QUILTBAG and POC characters where those facts are aspects of the character, but not all they are about. Sexuality and race are dressed, but not what the book is about. I’d consider the coming out aspect to be not even in the top three most important plot things going on in this book. It’s a book about people having adventures with a romantic subplot, just like they write for straight people. It sure looks like progress to me. It is a little slow starting, but trust me, it’s worth reading through to the bit where it picks up pace.