A while back I told you all about a little strange dystopian novel called Love in the Time of Global Warming, by Francesca Lia Block. I felt it was a breath of fresh air in the dystopian YA world, with its magical realism, perfectly set eerie mood, and a main cast made up of queer characters. I was surprised to find out that there was a sequel, since it didn’t seem like the sort of book that would be part of a series, but I was nevertheless very excited when I finally got my hands on The Island of Excess Love. Unfortunately, my mood soon turned sour as it became apparent that even though the sequel recaptures the mood of the first book, the narrative sends some very troubling rape-apologist and transphobic messages.
Spoilers for both books, as well as discussion of sex, rape, and transphobic ideas, below.
“I know fanfic authors, well, I know what they like.”
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Trigger Warning: Rape, Incest, Sexually Explicit Material
MadameAce: Rape appears in just about every media, especially in fanfiction. Every once in a while, a fic will come out that not only portrays rape, but does its utmost best to treat the situation with the respect that it deserves. In the end, the story becomes complex and has a lot of development, and it’s easy to tell that the author knew how to treat the situation at hand.