An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction- Aven
Most surveys say that 1% of the population is asexual. So how come that 1% doesn’t get represented? I can think of two YA books with confirmed asexual characters, and that is only because I found them in an AVEN thread. I talk to KATY about this.
How do you feel about asexual representation in YA?
I feel that asexuals aren’t really represented much. Most of the characters that seem asexual are never confirmed. I guess that’s because it’s slightly harder to work out if someone is asexual or not without the author explicitly stating it.
Do you think there should be more asexual characters?
Well... yes and no. I don’t want characters to be made asexual for the sake of it, but at the same time, it would increase visibility, which would be good.
Are some possibly asexual characters subject to erasure?
No, I think it’s more like people don’t know about asexuality, so they don’t include asexual characters.
Have you read any books containing asexual charcters?
Like I said/wrote earlier, asexualty doesn’t tend to get confirmed, so no. I know there are some books out there, but I haven’t got round to reading them yet. It’s so difficult to tell whether or not a character is asexual or not because sexual attraction is different to romantic attraction, and aesthetic attraction. The general advice when deciding sexuality is to work it out for yourself because no one knows exactly how you feel. Unfortunately, characters aren’t real XD!
Do you think writers ever try and write for the asexual market?
Yes, but I think that those authors are asexual themselves. Every so often, I hear about books written by asexual authors for the asexual market, but most are in the adult genre. But asexual enjoy reading normal books, just like everyone else.