In this article we consider the absence of queer female protagonists in
dystopian Young Adult (YA) fiction and examine how texts with queer protagonists
rely on heteronormative frameworks. Often seen as progressive, dystopian
YA fiction features rebellious teen girls resisting the restrictive norms of their societies,
but it frequently sidelines queerness in favor of heteronormative romance
for its predominantly white, able-bodied protagonists. We analyze The Scorpion
Rules (2015) and Love in the Time of Global Warming (2013), both of which feature
queer girl protagonists, and conclude that these texts ultimately marginalize that
queerness. While they offer readers queer female protagonists, they also equate
queerness with non-normative bodies and reaffirm heteronormativity. The rebellion
of both protagonists effectively distances them from the queer agency they
have developed throughout the narratives.
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