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S4S – Favourite LGBT Characters

This week has gone so unbelievably fast, still, Sunday has arrived and that means another Six for Sunday post. Following the LGBT theme for the month Steph from A Little but a lot has chosen a prompt of “Favourite LGBT characters” this week. As with last week I’ve found this a little difficult because of the lack of LGBT rep in a lot of the things I had (not on purpose as I”m LGBTQ myself), the fact that sometimes I just forget who is canonically LGBTQ because honestly, I assume everyone is bi or pan unless stated somehow, as to be honest as that’s the sexuality I identify with and that to be a characters sexuality doesn’t define a character. I apologise for those of you who read last weeks post as this will feature books from a few of the books I mentioned so these may not be a surprise but I hope you’ll still enjoy! Some small spoilers below, I’ve tried to mention they’re incoming with italics beforehand to help you get through without spoiling anything you don’t want spoiled.

Ballister Blackheart from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
As mentioned last week, there are a lot of different relationships in Nimona Blackheart has been in one of those that at the beginning of the story is not in a good place, especially when they’re trying to kill or have each other arrested. Blackheart deals with feelings he still clearly has the same way I probably would if I was an eccentric type supervillain – petty revenge and name calling with a side of longing glances He’s a fantastic character and he has some great sides to him.

Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare
At the risk of repeating myself from lasts weeks post, Magnus helped me to realise my own sexual identity and that it had a name etc and I think he’s been a great form of rep for those of us out there who needed that. In addition, however, he’s also a great character who has flaws like any other but he ultimately goes out of his way to help those he loves and cares for and protects those who can’t help themselves. He’s also fun and very and open about his sexual orientation and past relationships over his very long life, not to mention he’s super sassy and I’m all for that.

Clove from The Last Beginning by Lauren James
(Spoilers for The Next Together below)
I adored Kat and Matthew in The Next Together and although they are featured this book focuses on one thing better, their daughter. Clove embodies the best (and worst) attributes of her parents. She’s smart and impulsive, quick-witted, curious and confident and does what she needs to do to make sure things are right. She’s a fantastic character and I hope we might get some more cameos from her in Lauren’s future books.

Kit Thornwood from Overlord by Sian Jefferson
Kit is adorable and full of hidden courage and I love him. Even when he’s technically a dark Overlord with a grand tower and an army of minions at his command he somehow he still manages to be an absolute cinnamon roll who just doesn’t feel like he fits in. I genuinely just want to keep him safe forever.

Stormer from Jem and the Holograms
(slight relationship spoilers)
I already went on and on about how much I love the relationship between Stormer and Kimber and this week I want to show my appreciation for Stormer. Despite the girl she likes being in a rival band she (quite rightly) doesn’t let this deter her and even when they aren’t together Stormer keeps the rest of her bandmates in check and tries to get them to act like decent human beings, she’s such a lovely character with a brilliant heart who feels the conflict between bands deeply, not just because of her feelings towards Kimber but because of the way it changes her friends too.

Emily Mather from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I’ve only read the first book in the all souls series but in it, we’re introduced to Dianas’s Aunt Sarah and her partner Emily and Sarah is an enjoyable firecracker of a character but it’s Emily I really love. She’s a brilliant yin to Sarah’s yang and she doesn’t try to change Sarah but loves her for who she is and weathers her moods more than tries to temper them. She also clearly loves and cares for Diana as if she were her own child and when they begin to get a lot of company at the Bishop household she still manages to be warm and welcoming, she’s a brilliant spark of light and one of my favourite side characters in the series so far.

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#S4S – Favourite LGBT Reads

Happy Six for Sunday! This weeks prompt from the wonderful Steph over at A little but a lot is Favourite LGBT reads and I’m ashamed that despite being a member of the LGBT community myself I’ve read precious few LGBT books myself. It doesn’t seem to be something that’s focused on much in fantasy which is one of the two main genres I read, Science Fiction is a little better but I’m not sure I can think of many books that I’ve read that would be considered “LGBT” books so I’ll do my best to list the ones I would consider to feature LGBT elements in them. Feel free to reccomend all the good Fantasy and Sci-Fi LGBTQ+ books though, especially f/f or bi/pan/poly rep.

Just another note actually before we begin, a thought perhaps but what do you consider an “LGBT” read? Although they are important for those who need them I am often not at all interested in stories where characters “queereness” is the be all and end all of the story. As I’ve said those kind of books do need to exist because there are people out there who they will help and that will find themselves in those books but I really prefer the books where there are characters who are LGBTQ plus but it’s a normal natural thing and is not a pivotal plot point, obviously this is only personal opinion and everyone enjoys different kinds of books but I wanted to make that clear that is one of the reasons my list of “LGBT” reads probably aren’t considered as such because the sexuality of the characters aren’t the only plot point and I don’t want to diminish others love for books where that is the case at all but rather just wanted to explain my choices.

1. The Last Begining by Lauren James
This time bending book feautures Clove and her sometimes girlfriend Ella and was one of my favourite reads last year, I can’t say too much about why I love their relationship throughout this book without giving away spoilers but lets just say

2. Jem and the Holgrams by Kelly Thompson
I was a big fan of the Jem and the Holograms TV show when I was younger (showing my age!) and became a little obsessed with it. I was so excited to find out it was being made into a comic (we don’t talk about the “film”). The artwork is bold , beautiful and full of colour and the story is compelling and very much in the feel of the original show while still feeling updated and I’m gutted that it wasn’t a show instead but I’ve still loved every minute of it. Among some of the new changes I’ve enjoyed is the relationship between Kimber and Stormer, a star-crossed lovers tale with each being from rival bands. They are an absolutely adorable couple who adore each other but find it hard to be together with the tensions building between the two groups. They are easily one of my favourite couples in fiction.

3. The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
I feel like this one may be a little controversial somehow, purely because despite the relationship between Alec and Magnus Bane being one that really touched people, a lot of others feel it’s “over done” now somehow and that Cassie is just “milking it” to get positive attention. That’s not how I feel personally, although Alec and Magnus is a great step forward, especially at a time where same sex relationships were not often featured in YA for me I loved the fact that Magnus Bane was (at least) bisexual and this really helped me at a time where I was confused that I liked girls but I couldn’t be gay because I liked boys as well. Magnus sort of became a window to realising I didn’t have to be gay or straight as it wasn’t something I had ever really known or talked about. Now in the Dark Artifices we have all sort s of characters and relationships including trans and poly which I think have been done well and really appreciate seeing normalised in fiction.

4. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Betty the smidgen is pretty much my favourite member of the Rat Queens (although I do love them all) and as with most of these on my list I love how easy and seamlessly her sexuality is introduced and plays out in these books. It’s very simple and sweet with just the right amount of fluff for my tastes.

5. Vicious and Vengeful by V.E Schwab
This might sound like a strange one but I was convinced during Vicious that Victor and Eli were besotted with each other even if they wouldn’t act on it or show it. The way Eli became obsessed with hunting down Victor just really seemed to have this…edge to it. In Vengeful it became apparent and although not done as smoothly as it could have been done, it was canonical acknowledged that Victor was Asexual (ace) and this felt like it made so much sense to me.

6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
By the looks of this list I read and enjoy a lot more LGBT comics than I do traditional books. Nimona is probably my absolute favourite on this list for many many reasons but one of them is the way it handles LGBT relationships so well. We often see LGBT couples possibly going through some kind of hardship and then they get back together and they live happily ever after. In Nimona we. See a huge variety of couples, some who are very happy together but also those who fight, or break up or flirt or just want something casual or different and I think thats another really important angle that needs to be shown as well. This book is absolutely a must read. Its a masterpiece.

Thank you for checking out my six for Sunday post! I think this may have inspired me to do a longer post. On a similar subject so keep an eye out for that coming soon! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week and don’t forget to let me know if you’ve taken part in todays prompt as well so I can check it out!

P.S Wanted to give an honourable mention to Carry On! I haven’t finished it yet but I feel like if I had it probably would have made this list.

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#Six for Sunday – Characters you think would make brillant friends

28537584_10155075844121581_1653771806_nSunday has finally arrived! It feels like it’s been a long time coming this week but here we are. The prompt for this week from Steph over at “A little but a lot” (who gives the best prompts!) is actually “characters you wouldn’t want to be friends with” which is a really good prompt but I was so excited to do last weeks prompt and then real world things happened and I didn’t get around to it so this week my #Six for Sunday is going to be “Characters you think would make brillant friends“. I did write a list last week but deleted it when I didn’t get it written in time and for the life of me I can’t remember who was on that list so this should be fun right from scratch.

1.Shazad – Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
Shazad is totally kick-ass and super smart while still being fun, likeable and fiercely loyal all of which of are awesome qualities. There are no spiteful undertones between her and Amani and they are probably one of, if not my number one female/female friendship in fiction. Shazad and Amani are friendship goals.

2. Samwise Gamgee – Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
Sam is another ultimate friend. He knows when and how to support you without encouraging any toxicity, if he thinks you’re going crazy because of an evil ring forged in Mount Doom or you’re being tricked by a crazy, emaciated water hobbit he’s going to tell you. Sam represents the honesty of friendship while also being loyal and will quite literally carry you to help you achieve your goal instead of doing it for you and I think that’s pretty damn special.

3. Magnus Bane – The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassie Clare
Magnus has been around a while and you can bet he’s got some interesting stories to tell! I’d like to think we’d enjoy chatting while making all the cocktails we can manage! I feel like he would give great advice and have no problem telling you when you’re being an idiot and I think like he’d definitely help you to embrace your fun side a little more if you’re a bit straight backed like I can be some of the time. He’s a fun, loyal character who fights for his friends and just happens to also have magic too which is always handy!

4. Ari and Janco – Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V Snyder
I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pick just one and let’s face it they’re kind of a package deal most of the time. Like all the other characters on my list these guys are loyal, they’re an ideal mix of (some) brains and brawn (just don’t tell them, it’ll go to their heads!), they’re funny (especially together) and love a good joke as much as a good spar. While they’ve been friends together for a long ole while they’re not the kind to shut anyone else out and it’s nice to not feel like a third wheel with these two (I’m sure Janco would think of a terrible name for a three wheeled cart…).

5.  Zuzana – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
Zuze is a great friend who goes to any lengths to help those she cares about, she’s loyal, feisty and absolutely hilarious. Even at the most serious of moments I can’t imagine Zuzana being unable to bring a smile to even the largest, saddest frown. She may be but little but she be fierce and has more sass than you can shake a Herondale at.

6. Hermione – Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
This seems to be one that I’ve seen almost everyone use for theirs and I wasn’t sure about it being a part of my list. Mainly because through my younger school days I was the annoying brainy/teachers pe/Philosopher’s Stone era Hermione and I don’t think I brought anything special to my friendships but I had the same two/three friends for the whole five years I was in junior school so I must have done something right. I understand it can be difficult to be friends with someone who seems so rigid and fairly different from you, I’m still a stickler for rules and that can make me super annoying but by some miracle I still have friends. Hermione is (like everyone else on my list) fiercely loyal once she found her friend group, determined and passionate as well as being smart.

That’s all from me this week! I hope to have a new review up next week but I’ve been ill again this week (I’m surrounded by a horde of tissues as I type this) so we’ll see what happens! I have got a scheduled post ready to go though so I won’t be disappearing completely again. Don’t forget to tag your posts with the hash tag #SixforSunday and let me know what you wrote for this week! Speak soon.

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#SixForSunday – Stuck in a lift

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I know I say it every week but I honestly can’t believe that it’s Sunday already. I’m so not ready to go back to work tomorrow. This week’s prompt feels quite relevant as we’ve been pretty much stuck indoors since Tuesday due to the largest amount of snow fall we’ve had here in over fifty years and although I’m usually the first person to find any excuse to not leave the house normally I’ve been going a little stir crazy. This week’s prompt is Stuck in a lift.

6 Characters I’d like to be stuck in a lift with. 

1. Jace Herondale – The Shadowhunter books
Duh. Although this isn’t as entirely for the reason you’d think. Not only would he be able to keep me calm with his sarcasm and wit but I’m fairly sure he’d probably be able to get us out of there.

2. Newt Scamander – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
If there’s anyone I could listen to talk on end it would probably be Newt. I’d love to hear about all his adventures and the creatures he’s met along the way.

3. Magnus Bane – The shadowhunter books
I feel like being stuck in a lift with Magnus Bane would be a lot of fun. I’m fairly certain he would conjure up or summon some cocktails and some comfy pillows and we’d just have a good chat.

4. Cassian from the A Court of Thorns and Roses books
I’m not sure if an Illyian stuck in a lift is a massively great idea (especially with their..impressive wingspan) but I can’t imagine Cass panicking and I’m sure he’d be more than enough of a distraction to stop me from panicking to.

5. Caleb Widowghast – From Season two of Critical Role
We’d probably both be super nervous until we simultaneously pull out books to read then spend ages talking about all the books we’ve read while fussing over Frumpkin.

6. Ben Solo/Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Maybe not for a long period of time but the half a minute or so Rey was stuck in an elevator for him turned out pretty well.

I’m not sure I feel like getting in a lift anytime soon now as although it would be lovely to be stuck in a lift with any of these six people I’m more likely to be stuck in it with a grumpy three year old and/or a husband who is scared of lifts.

Don’t forget to use the #SixForSunday hashtag on Twitter and your social of choice if you do this so I can check it out and see what six people you wouldn’t mind being stuck in a lift with.