In honor of Pride Month, I wanted to do a post celebrating my favorite LGBT+ characters and coupes in fiction. Some of these books were not my favorite (and some of them are)- but if there was one thing that stood out about them, it was the characters.
Captain Callie & Dr. Elena Oh – The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt: I do remember the beginning of this relationship felt a little forced, but by the end I was rooting for this couple all the way. I’m more fond of this book for the fun level than the romantic factor- but The Wrong Stars is such a rollicking good space romp I don’t think it matters.
Akeha – The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang: It’s been awhile since I read this, but one thing that stands out to me when I think of it, is that I remember how heartbroken I was for Akeha throughout. IIRC, in this world, children are brought up genderless until they choose the gender they want to be. Akeha struggles with the choice, because not only does he not want to choose, but when he thinks about choosing, he realizes he’s not leaning the way everyone expect’s him to. This is a quick novella, and well worth reading.
Niclays & Jannart – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: I wanted to put Ead and Sabran here, but one of my complaints about this book was that Ead and Sabran never felt like they had chemistry together, while it was very obvious how much Niclays cared about Jannart. I won’t get too spoilery- but Niclays reminiscing about Jannart was one of the highlights of this book.
Tracker & Mossi – Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James: Admittedly, the romance between Tracker and Mossi is a very, very small piece of this book. This couple works because Mossi provides so much balance to Tracker. He breaks up Tracker’s icy exterior and makes the reader realize that yes, Tracker does have a heart somewhere behind his violent shell. If James ever wrote a novel/novella exploring this relationship in more depth- I’d 100% read it, despite the issues I had with this book.
Mycroft & Saladin – Terra Ignota series by Ada Palmer: Someday I’ll make a list Terra Ignota isn’t on. Today is not that day. Mycroft and Saladin are one of the more twisted couples I have on this list… and I’m not telling you why because it’s a huge spoiler. We don’t often get to see them together (Mycroft’s Servicer duties and general genius keep him busy) but their relationship feels very Shakespearean.
Jesper & Wylan – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Like Mossi & Tracker above- I feel like these two balance each other out. Jesper’s a loud, in your face, hot mess and Wylan is quiet and cool headed. I loved every scene they were in.
Ariel Corta – Luna series by Ian McDonald: Ariel Corta is one of my favorite female characters in literature ever. She’s ambitious and cunning, and she prints a killer wardrobe. She’s on this list because she’s one of the first ace characters I encountered in fiction.
Omat & Brandr – The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky: I love Omat & Brandr because neither one of them is your typical protagonist. Omat is dealing with his own identity issues. His gender doesn’t match his physical body, and internally he struggles to come to terms with that. Brandr is a Viking with a soft side. Between the two of them, Omat takes the lead, and Brandr is perfectly happy with that. He never questions Omat’s choices, never challenges them. He accepts Omat as he is and that’s what I loved about them.
Jean Claude & Asher – Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton: I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I have read these books, considering the direction Hamilton took them in, but please know that the first ten(?) books are actually pretty good (and everything after that would make E.L.James blush). From the moment I met Jean Claude & Asher I adored them as a couple. Asher is physically scarred and a thoroughly damaged character because of it, and JC is the only person who’s ever really able to make him feel better about it.
Detective Miyako – Ninth Step Station from Serial Box: I haven’t actually finished this season of Ninth Step Station, but Detective Miyako has grown on me so much. She’s smart but grounded. I find her much more relatable than Emma. Her relationships don’t come into play so much- but I wanted to mention her anyway.
Do you have any favorite characters or couples on the list? Anything else you can recommend?