Disabilities in YA 2016 discussion

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Katie (city-of-fiction) | 23 comments Mod
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, and I haven’t actually read one YA book I feel has positive representation for disabled people. I’m not at all saying they don’t exist, but they aren’t in my radar or on my TBR, which is interesting especially when you consider that I, myself, am disabled.

When I dug a little deeper my thoughts were ‘well, I don’t like reading sad books’, and here lies the problem. All the books I can think of that cover disability are sad, the protagonists or their significant others struggle with the harshness of disability (which is fair enough because I do too) but what about the happy days? Where is the positive representation?


Thus Disability in YA 2016 was born. For this two week period, running from Monday the 8th of August to the Sunday the 21st we will allow an open non-judgemental environment in which to discuss YA books that deal with disability, and talk freely about how certain negative portrayals make us feel. I want to allow a platform for disabled and non-disabled people alike to discuss what they feel is acceptable in books, and how they interpret ‘positive representation’, without hurtful comments or abusive language.

After all, healthy discussion is a GOOD THING. We all have different opinions, and as long as they don’t hurt anyone else, then comparing and learning will help us all as people and diverse readers of YA.

If you want to take part all you have to do is read one YA book with disabled representation, and join the goodreads group here where on Sunday the 21st of August we will be having a discussion about the books we read and how they dealt with disability.

If you want to take part

1. Join the Goodreads page
2. Read a YA book with a disabled character
3. (Optional) Take a photo of your Disability in YA read and tag it #disabilityinYA
4. Join the discussion on August 21st!

Important to note that this includes ALL disabilities, physical and otherwise, and ANYONE can take part!

Later on I will be posting a suggested reading list, but for the meantime if you have any suggestions please let me know! You can message me anytime.

message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie (city-of-fiction) | 23 comments Mod
On the 21st we will be having the 'Big Discussion', and I have now decided to make this a 24hr event, so no matter what your time zone you can take part. The 'Big Discussion' board will open on Saturday 20th GMT for all those in time zones ahead of me. Once the board is open, don't think you have to wait for midnight to post, just go ahead!

Because we are all reading different books, and I don't want anyone to be spoiled if you and another person have both read the same book and wish to discuss it, please add a new topic and name it after the book with a [SPOILERS] warning. i.e. Everything, Everything discussion [SPOILERS!]

There is still time to take a picture of your #DisabilityinYA tbr/current read and post it on social media using the hashtag. You can tag me @cityoffiction on instagram, or @city-of-fiction on tumblr! Thanks!

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