In honor of Pride month, I’d love to talk about some queer characters by queer authors that I really loved
- 1) Regan (Chameleon Moon, Runtime, etc.)
Regan is important to me the way breathing is.
Let’s be honest, I can make an entire list of queer characters from Chameleon Moon that I loved, but in order to avoid all the characters in this post being in the same book, I narrowed it down to one. Regan, my beautiful polyamorous ace lizard son with his one nerdy boyfriend and two enby lovers (who also have husbands and boyfriends of their own). I’m not sure why Regan is the one who grabbed me the most, but it is. Special shout out to Evelyn, Indra, Jay and Shiloh as well.
Even more special shout out to the best line ever written, about Regan but said by Jay: Regan, babe, most amazing and aggravating of reptilian runtime specialists, I would be awash in a sea of ecstasy if you would get off the freaking exposed rooftop–
- 2) Xandri (Failure to Communicate, Tone of Voice, etc.)
- 3) Esofi (The Queen of Ieflaria)
“Yourself? Surely you wish to select a champion. Or… at least… a different dress.”
Esofi and her arranged fiancée, Adale are both princesses, but they couldn’t be more different. I adored both of them, but I liked Esofi a little more. I liked her approach to religion, although damn, Esofi, burning down hospitals is not a good idea. I loved the duel scene where she went up against her challenger in a dress, I loved her magic, and I especially loved the ending where she finally came face to face with the dragons. I can’t wait to see more of this series, both with Esofi and Adale, and with new characters as well.
Note: the second book, Daughter of the Sun will not feature Esofi and Adale, but it’s going to be a main F/F ship as well and it’s coming out in November.
Moodboard was made by the author herself on Twitter.
- 4) Jessica Tran (Not Your Sidekick & sequels)
They’re lucky they live in Andover, where the biggest thing to worry about is Master Mischief stealing all the oranges again or Mistress Mischief turning all the street signs upside down.
One of my favourite things about Jessica (other than the fact that she’s an #ownvoices bisexual Chinese/Viatnemese protagonist) is her unconventional powers. Without spoiling the powers, I’m going to tell you that they aren’t flashy at all and might seem useless at first, but they actually end up incredibly useful in many situations. Other than Jessica and her girlfriend, the sidekick squad also has a trans guy, Bells, and I’m pretty sure Emma is aroace spec, although this is only revealed in the sequels I haven’t read. While this book was often predictable, it had some really interesting perspectives on heroes and villains (particularly with the Mischiefs). I can’t wait to pick up Not Your Villain soon.
- 5) Alex Cyprin (Astoria: Fate’s Kiss)
You’re never in my way. Gods, you’re my way.
This is a little different, since Alex is not from a book, but a visual novel app called Lovestruck. I still put them here, however, because 1) shh, visual novels are still kind of like books, even if they are in phone apps, and 2) Alex was really helpful in recognising my own gender identity. They’re a demigod child of Aphrodite (and given my love for Greek myths, that certainly helps), a potential love interest, and the protagonist’s best friend and boss. While I adore Alex’s romance route, I also love that they always remain a supportive friend in every single route, even when the protagonist breaks rules or goes against the gods. They’re an amazing character with wonderful romantic lines and I love them so much.
Note: You can only play female protagonists in the app, but there are several female love interests, two nonbinary love interests, some of the guy love interests are queer (although unfortunately several of them are word of god only), and there are plenty of queer side characters in every story.
What are your favourite queer characters in books by queer authors?