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Gay Literature

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Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

Any recommendation?

I've read gay-themed youth novels (Brent Hartinger, David Levithan), but I am getting too old for them lol.

almost 5 years ago

#1
Rachel Carson

Rachel C.

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE OCEAN,
Canada

1493 posts

There's a non-explicit gay relationship in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, who is one of my favourite authors, and there's gay characters in Making History by Stephen Fry, but neither of these books is what I'd call 'gay literature' really. They're both excellent books, though.

0 · October 4, 2009

#2
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

@Rachel C.

If I'm not mistaken the Brideshead Revisited movie is based on this book?

Will check out these titles, thank you!

0 · October 4, 2009

#3
Rachel Carson

Rachel C.

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE OCEAN,
Canada

1493 posts

@Miguel S.

Yeah, it is.

0 · October 4, 2009

#4
Per Holm

Per H.

DENMARK,
Denmark

972 posts

@Rachel C.

I love the movie.

0 · October 4, 2009

#5
Rachel Carson

Rachel C.

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE OCEAN,
Canada

1493 posts

@Per H.

I've only seen the film that was done a couple of years ago, not the 1980s version. I prefer the book to the film, though. I love Evelyn Waugh's books.

0 · October 4, 2009

#6
Nissi .

Nissi ..

VA,
United States

607 posts

Augusten Burroughs! I love him as an author, he's my favorite!

You gotta read Running With Scissors, Dry, Possible Side Effects, they're funny, witty, sarcastic but they're just hilarious. I think You might like them.

0 · October 4, 2009

#7
David M

David M.

RICHMOND,
United States

1744 posts

If you go to amazon, they list you suggestions of similar things. That's a good place to look if you have a starting point.

And I've never read it, but this one, Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates, amazon.com/Leave-Myself-Behind-Bart-Yates/dp/0758203497/ref=pd_sim_b_4_img looks interesting

0 · October 4, 2009

#8
Per Holm

Per H.

DENMARK,
Denmark

972 posts

@Rachel C.

I've also seen the new one. I haven't read the book.

0 · October 4, 2009

#9
Luke Young

Luke Y.

UNITED KINGDOM,
United Kingdom

104 posts

i REALLY wish there were some gay relationships in mainstream literature. such a shame there's not.

oh well, when I'M an author ..

0 · October 4, 2009

#10
Oliverio Perez

Oliverio P.

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA,
United States

457 posts

I once "checked" out a book called "boy meets boy" lol, at my library, but my brother found it in my backpack so I pretended it was for school and threw it away later so it could never appear again ever

0 · October 4, 2009

#11
David M

David M.

RICHMOND,
United States

1744 posts

@Luke Y.

*almost* any time something involves gay people it's all about the fact that they're gay too...

which is okay to some extent, but also...someone should be different

0 · October 4, 2009

#12
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

@Oliverio P.

that is the youth novel i read! it was by david levithan. i think he co-wrote nick & norah's infinite playlist if you are familiar with that too

0 · October 4, 2009

#13
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

@David M.

checked it out, thank you!

0 · October 4, 2009

#14
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

@Nissi ..

Oh nice, i've actually seen the movie version of running with scissors. But, as usual, I suppose the book was better? will check it out :)

0 · October 4, 2009

#15
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

@Luke Y.

that is very true. but at least, in other mainstream media platforms such as in film and television, gay characters are being explored more and more. hope the same thing goes for literature.

I will wait for your book!

0 · October 4, 2009

#16
Miguel Santiago

Miguel S.

NY,
United States

236 posts

While searching, I stumbled upon a list on afterelton.com

Best 50 Gay Books > afterelton.com/print/2008/11/bestgaybooks

You might want to check it out. Thanks for all the titles!

0 · October 4, 2009

#17
Nissi .

Nissi ..

VA,
United States

607 posts

@Miguel S.

Oh yeah the book was definitely better. I still haven't seen the movie though, I hope to. You have to check it out, I'm in love with his writing. He's so vulgar it's hilarious.

0 · October 4, 2009

#18
David M

David M.

RICHMOND,
United States

1744 posts

@Miguel S.

at swim two boys is amazing
i had forgotten about that one

0 · October 4, 2009

#20
Jen O. Cide

Jen O. C.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

3612 posts

annnnd how! :D

0 · January 1, 2010

#21
Jen O. Cide

Jen O. C.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

3612 posts

David Sedaris is a great writer; read Naked or When You Are Engulfed in flames. His books are more about relationships than sex, though, so if you're looking for hot man-on-man action it's probably not the best choice.

0 · January 1, 2010

#23
Ellis  Dee

Ellis D.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

7615 posts

William S Burroughs was a pretty queer fellow, he even wrote a book called 'Queer' back in the early 1950s.

0 · January 3, 2010

#27
Shaan W.

Shaan W.

NOWHERE IMPORTANT,
United States

78 posts

E. Lynn Harris [recently deceased] wrote a nice series of novels on gay Black men, mainly being in the closet but some being out. It was pretty good if you don't mind ethnic references. It's good to start from the beginning because he keeps a certain storyline going and a certain character always pops up.

0 · January 5, 2010

#28
Cathleen G

Cathleen G.

THEATRES NEAR YOU,
Canada

19 posts

I read rainbow boys and rainbow high (a trilogy) I'm pretty sure that's more in the youth section but I'm not sure.

0 · January 7, 2010

#29
Skye Stewart

Skye S.

THE EMERALD CITY,
United States

33 posts

Not sure if I'd consider it a youth/teen book or not, but I really loved "Hero" by Perry Moore. It's about a teenage superhero with two struggles, (a.) he's still trying to discover his powers, and (b.) he's an in-the-closet homosexual. There's some good scandal in there, as you can imagine ;)

0 · January 7, 2010

#30
Mic Parker

Mic P.

SOUTH AND NORTHWEST AND SOUTH AGAIN,
United States

22 posts

omg. i just finished this book called The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It won the pulitzer...i think in 2000?
but anyway, about a third of the book is about a gay character and really, it's beautiful. it's also about the rise of the comic book industry...if that's something you're interested in. really, it's pretty fucking wonderful.

0 · January 8, 2010

  

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