Malinda Lo leads Neesha Meminger, Katharine Beutner and Julia Rios in a panel discussion on Heteronormativity in YA Dystopian Novels. This panel was recorded on the 27th of May at WisCon.
The panel runs slightly over an hour, and there’s also about 10 minutes of news and notes surrounding the panel.

Awards!
*Lee Thomas‘s The German won the Lambda for SF/F/H.
*Catherynne M. Valente swept three categories in the Locus Awards! Gary K. Wolfe also won one for his book of critical essays, Evaporating Genres.
*Congratulations to all the Ditmar and Chronos award winners, including Alex Pierce, Tehani Wessely, Ian Mond, Kirstyn McDermott, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Kim Westwood.
*Sacchi Green picked up a Goldie for her erotica collection, A Ride to Remember.

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About the Panelists
*Malinda Lo writes YA novels with queer protagonists, including Ash (a lesbian retelling of Cinderella), Huntress (in the same world as Ash, but during a different time period), and the forthcoming Adaptation. She proposed and moderated this panel.
*Neesha Meminger writes YA novels, including Shine Coconut Moon, Jazz in Love, and Into the Wise Dark. She’s also a mother, and has read and discussed YA Dstopians with her daughter.
*Katharine Beutner is the author of Alcestis (a lesbian retelling of an ancient Greek myth), and she teaches creative writing and literature at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She’s actually taught an entire class on YA Dystopians.
*Julia Rios is the host of the OA Podcast, and also writes fiction and poetry (to date, no YA, though), and is a fiction editor at Strange Horizons.

Stuff We Mentioned During the Panel
*The Hunger Games — an enormously popular YA Dystopian trilogy.
*Paolo Bacigalupi’s well-intentioned Kirkus post, which upset people, and his follow-up, which helped to make things better.
*The OA post with all the QUILTBAG YA Dystopian recommendations
*Ilsa Bick’s Ashes is (like The Hunger Games) an example of a YA Dystopian Survival Story
*Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker is an example of an Environmental Dystopian
*Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies and Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron are examples of Futuristic High Concept Dystopians with Authoritarian Governments.
*We’re focusing on Closed Worlds with Arranged Matches in this panel, like Matched by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Kate notes that in most of these, the hero comes from outside the closed world and convinces the ordinary heroine to rebel. In the end, they tend to start new worlds together (echoing Adam and Eve in the end of Paradise Lost). We hear that there may actually be gay people in the second Lauren Oliver book.
*In Across the Universe by Beth Revis, the teen couple are actually the only people of the same age on their generation starship, so they have no other mating options.
*Neesha read The Chrysalids in high school.
*Purity Balls are the modern dances where daughters attend with their fathers and pledge to abstain from sex until marriage.
*XVI is a YA Dystopian in which all girls are meant to be sexually available at the age of 16.
*Kate mentioned Pamela Regis’s A Natural History of the Romance Novel as a good resource for understanding the structure and evolution of the romance genre.
*Target Women is a series of humorous video clips in which Sarah Haskins dissects marketing trends aimed at women. I specifically talked about the Yogurt Edition (though there are many very good ones).
*An audience member recommended Flora’s Fury by Ysabeau Wilce.
*There’s another trend in YA Dystopians toward childbirth and breeding control. These include Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien, and Wither by Lauren DeStefano.
*Neesha recommends Audre Lorde’s Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power.
*Brave New Love and Diverse Energies are YA Dystopian anthologies, both of which contain QUILTBAG content.


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