It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! After pulp magazines died off because of the war efforts , pulp paperbacks flourished , first with hardcover titles repackaged for an audience grown used to portable Army editions, but soon came the "lascivious and streetwise stories that made steady work for a generation of writers," including potboilers and pin-ups that showed gay and bisexual women they were not alone. Lesbian pulp fiction was published in the s and 60s by many of the same paperback publishing houses that other genres of fiction including westerns, romances, and detective fiction.
You Probably Want to Read Some Lesbian Pulp Fiction
The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University
In , year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real. Told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. Harlequin Teen will release Pulp on November 13th, but you can read the first chapter and view the gorgeous cover below. Cover design by Kathleen Oudit and illustration by Chris Arran.
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The best part of reading lesbian pulp fiction is the tone, and the worst part is that everyone turns out straight, because the publishers had to get the books past censors somehow and the best way to do that was to portray the girls who went gay as either a. And those are just the ones I could find in five minutes on the Internet. The first person narration is a little too Carrie Bradshaw voiceoveresque, and there is very little actual action, either of the plot-moving kind or the in-your-pants kind.
Sold in train stations, drugstores and newsstands or mailed out like magazines and named for the low quality of the paper they were printed on, these novels depicted the possibility of queer relationships, but also suggested that if anyone pursued such a relationship she would in many cases end up institutionalized, hospitalized or really heterosexual all along. However, lesbian pulp fiction also suggested the possibility of queer sex. Specifically, hilarious queer sex. Ursula felt herself very small, tiny against Claude, and at last she felt warm.