Autism in Fiction

Fiction books of all genres in which an autistic (or autistic-like) character figures prominently
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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Who's autistic in Oryx and Crake? I know they joke that Crake attends "Aspergers U" because of all the anti-social science whizzes, but I don't think they actually confirm that any of the main characters are actually autistic.

Or am I missing something?????


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I think you could argue that Crake does indeed have something like Asperger's.


message 4: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Ben wrote: "Who's autistic in Oryx and Crake? I know they joke that Crake attends "Aspergers U" because of all the anti-social science whizzes, but I don't think they actually confirm that any of the main char..."

Yeah, Atwood never tells us Crake is autistic, but I felt that "Asperger's U" and Crake's disparaging use of the term "neurotypicals" suggest that he sees himself that way.

I did say "autistic or autistic-like" in the list description, so the criteria for inclusion aren't all that strict.


message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I removed a few books (listed below)from this list, because the books are non-fiction. I've created a new list (Autism in Memoirs)

*Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, by Daniel Tammet
*Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's, by John Elder Robison
*Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research and Recovery, by Karyn Seroussi


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa The book Love Anthony is on the list twice.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I told it to combine duplicates, which should have gotten it.


message 8: by Stacy (new)

Stacy I read Oryx and Crake and I have 2 children with autism. I don't understand why that book is on this list. I'm not a doctor, but I think that Crake was a sociopath, not someone with autism. I didn't see anything in his behavior that was autistic or autistic-like. I also read Marcello in the Real World and the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I don't remember that those characters were specifically stated as having autism, but I understand perfectly why those books are on this list; those characters DID have ASD-type behavior. I hate to be thin-skinned, but I find the inclusion of Oryx and Crake on this list to be a bit offensive.


message 9: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Stacy wrote: "I also read Marcello in the Real World and the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I don't remember that those characters were specifically stated as having autism, .."

Hi Stacy, I have not read Marcello, but in the Dragon Tattoo books, the character Blomkvist does describe Lizbeth as “Asperger’s syndrome, he thought. Or something like that. A talent for seeing patterns and understanding abstract reasoning where other people perceive only white noise."


message 10: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Stacy wrote: "I read Oryx and Crake and I have 2 children with autism. I don't understand why that book is on this list. I'm not a doctor, but I think that Crake was a sociopath, not someone with autism. ..."

Hi again Stacy. I just found this on the internet about Oryx and Crake:

Margaret Atwood's novel, Oryx and Crake, has a university labelled Asperger's U, where almost every student appears to have Asperger Syndrome or autism in varying degrees of severity and form. People in the university refer to non-autists as neurotypicals and seem to view them as something altogether different (and perhaps inferior) to themselves. The end of the human race is brought about almost entirely by the character Crake, who attended Asperger's U and was no exception to their rule. He believed that the human race was, by the end of the novel, doomed to extinction simply because of its overuse of resources and the corruption of the social elite.


message 11: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Just added "Nothing Is Right" since the author is Autistic and says the main character is supposed to be (undiagnosed) autistic. It's not a memoir about his childhood, though- definitely fiction.


message 12: by Haikufall (new)

Haikufall I love this listopic, I have a nephew with Autism and would love to find books for his parents to read.


message 13: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson?


message 14: by Morpho (last edited Jul 15, 2014 09:56AM) (new)

Morpho I hope it's all right that i added The Instructions.
Gurion isn't autistic but his logic and ethics remind me of ASD.


message 15: by Almantė (new)

Almantė Where is The Language of others?


message 16: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley Who has autism in Pride and Prejudice?


message 17: by Charles (new)

Charles Haikufall wrote: "I love this listopic, I have a nephew with Autism and would love to find books for his parents to read."

I'd suggest non-fiction rather than fiction.


Amanda (Ravenous Reads) ~☆~Autumn♥♥ wrote: "Fiona wrote: "Who has autism in Pride and Prejudice?"

I was just wondering the same thing."


I think the person who submitted Pride and Prejudice was thinking Darcy or Mr. Collins had a form of autism.


~☆~Autumn♥♥ Mr. Darcy does seem autistic now that you mention it! What an interesting idea! Maybe I will have to read it again to think more about that.


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