As in real life, it can be difficult to determine whether someone is âreallyâ bisexual. How do you decide how to âreadâ someone? If a female character is with a man at the beginning of a book, falls in love with another woman, breaks up with the man and at the bookâs conclusion is deeply in love with the woman,Â is she âreallyâ a bisexual, or is she âreallyâ a lesbian? Is this story a bisexual or a lesbian coming-out narrative? If she never labels herself as lesbian or bisexual, and if the author does not assign her a label, the reader will obviously be making a subjective interpretation, projecting her own assumptions and definitions onto the character.
This is brilliant. Â It sums up so many of the issues we have with finding bisexual characters in fiction, especially in a world where BISAC labels completely exclude us. Â Â
I just found this while noodling around Tumblr. 🙂
Robyn Ochs: Finding Bisexuality in Fiction