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Day 07 – Most Underrated Book
I feel that the most underrated book I’ve read is:
This book is a Cinderella retelling, but Malinda Lo isn’t your average fairy tale reteller. This story is a lesbian romance – well, technically, it’s got a love triangle, so it’s a bisexual romance. The main character is our Ash, who is desired by a male fairy, and falls in love with the King’s Huntress. The romance is very organic and totally believable. One of my favourite things about this book is its feminist theme: the Huntress is always female, and no one questions this. Ash and the Huntress (whose name is eluding me! sorry) don’t need to come out of any closets or even ask the other if they are attracted to girls. It’s like bisexuality is the base sexuality and it’s totally OK if you like boys or girls and you don’t even need to explain to anyone why you don or don’t.
I’m not sure why this book isn’t more popular: Cinderella isn’t my favourite fairy tale, but it’s one of the most popular to retell. Everyone likes the tale of the rags to riches peasant who doesn’t really need to do anything to help themselves but are in fact rewarded by virtue of their goodness and innocence. Everyone dreams at some point of being picked from the crowd and swept of their feet into a life of luxury. Everyone thinks at some point their life is hard.
I think a lot of people might be put off by the fact that this is a bisexual story. I think there might be some ingrained prejudices. I also think this book will never have the fans that say “THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME THE GUY IS SO HOT I WANT TO HAVE HIS BABIES”… the fairy may be manipulative, but obviously not in the ‘right’ way for readers to find attractive.
I thought this book was sweet and lovely and I totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytale retellings or who isn’t afraid of a little bit of difference in your typical love triangle.
What book do you feel is underrated?
Do you think there is prejudice against non-mainstream romances?