Last week, Vicky Smith, Children's & Teen Editor, referenced Paolo Bacigalupi, speaking on the overwhelming heteronormativity of teen dystopias. We asked Bacigalupi to expand on the subject, and he graciously agreed.
Looking at recent trends in young people's lit, I've sometimes joked that the term “dystopia” actually means a story where “The Man” screws with someone's love life. But in fact, dystopian literature has a long tradition of screwing with people's love lives—it's an ideal invasion that emphasizes the power of the state.
When I was recently asked why more gays and lesbians weren ...
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