Characters I want to See More of in Books

There has been a lot of drive for diversity in books over the last few years. There has been a huge rise in LBGT+ books, but there is still a long way to go.

One of the things I want more of is Asexual and Aromantic characters. I’ve only ever read a few books with ‘confirmed’ ace and aro characters, and even then, its slightly implied, and some of them have even been books where the ace-ness of a character has been ‘cured’.

The reason I want more representation is because the terms Asexual and Aromantic are ones that are still relatively unknown. Most people who ‘come out’ as ace and aro often go through a period of thinking they are broken- because we live in a society where to not want to have sex or to not feel anything romantically is apparently wrong.

Books are an amazing way to show that this isn’t true- and its also something that people could have fun writing about. Books are also a good way of educating people on what the words actually mean.

So, in light of that, here is a list of ace and aro characters I would love to see in books:

  • An ‘end of the world’/zombie/dystopian book where an ace character is with two non-ace characters who end up getting together and making out at really inappropriate moments, and the ace character just has epic rants about ‘really? Now? Out of every moment to choose, you pick now? WE ARE ABOUT TO DIE.’
  • An aro who hires themselves out for pirates and adventures having to go near Mermaid and Siren waters. As they get nearer, the aro watches as the rest of the crew fall under the spell and they sigh, rolling their eyes and locking everyone away as they sail the ship safely past.
  • Ace characters who are happily in relationships. Ace characters who are scared of even flirting because even if they want a relationship they are scared of being judged or laughed at, or told they are ‘wrong’. Ace characters who don’t really care either way. Ace characters with really dirty minds who spill out filthy jokes but don’t actually care about sex. Ace characters who are completely revolted by sex and thats fine for them.
  • Aro characters who sleep with a different person every night and doesn’t care what people call them. Aro characters who have sex with one person and thats it. Aro characters who have friends constantly setting them up with people and those people somehow become close friends because they do have a lot in common- but thats all they become. Friends.
  • Ace characters whose story does not revolve around them being outcasts and having sex just to try and fit in- its just a part of them.
  • Aro characters who hire themselves out to people who are suspicious  that their other halves are cheating on them.
  • Ace characters being taken on adventures and somehow save everyone multiple times because they are ace. They get stuck on the Island of Lust and the ace character drags their friends out, ect
  • Aro characters who are on an adventure and get tricked into taking a love potion but it doesnt work, and they find that its happened to people before so they go to rescue other victims.
  • Ace and aro characters who are accepted as ace and aro and it doesnt change a thing.
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Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton

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Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

This- this is the kind of fantasy I love- don’t get me wrong, I love romance and everything, but sometimes there are books you read that make you sink into the world completely, so you think you are walking the same path as the characters, sat around a fire listening to the same stories. (this has a bit of romance, but its not the in-your-face ‘making out while the world is ending’ type you often seem to get in fantasy YA)

It kinda feels slow paced at some points- not for lack of fighting or anything- but the way its written is wonderfully descriptive and almost poetic so it makes you read slower. But that also makes me love this book, because I wanted to savour it more.

The characters are wonderful, from  Amani, the girl with amazing aim, who has to dress as a boy just to be taken seriously- and to escape the life she doesnt want, to Jin, the stranger who ends up rescuing her.

The twists and turns in this book are perfection (No really, the big one honestly had me looking up from the book in an ‘oh my god’ kinda of way) and honestly makes you want to go back and reread to find the clues and hints for them all.

I don’t normally agree with ‘this book is THIS and THAT’ type things, or the ‘hotter than the BIG NAME BOOK’ things, so when I first saw this was dubbed as ‘ ARABIAN NIGHTS MEETS THE WILD WEST’ I was a bit unsure as to what I was really putting myself in for, but actually- I agree with this. Honestly. Its got the stories and magicalness that you expect from the first part, but then its got guns and fights and everything you want from the latter.

Looking at a few other reviews on this, it looks like it’s a translated book- which means, between this book, The Storyteller, and a few others I’ve read, I’ve realised there are som truly amazing books out there that are slowly coming out in English…maybe I need to learn another language.