Happy Pride Month!
This is as good a time as any to share an interview I did with Britta Lundin, with whom I was Twitter-acquainted through Supernatural fandom. She went on to join the writing staff of Riverdale, the CW television network’s adaptation of Archie Comics. This spring, she launched her debut book, Ship It, a YA novel about a young woman who comes to terms with her fandom identity, and through that process, her sexual identity.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
You mentioned earlier about queer ships and queer relationships on a TV show. Do you feel a responsibility for bringing things like that forward?
BL: Yeah. I do. I mean … It’s one of the reasons I got into writing for TV, was because I wanted to tell stories of people who don’t always see their stories on television. A big part of that is seeing more queer characters and queer women on TV. When I was a teenager, I was a young lesbian who didn’t really fully understand myself or my own sexuality, but I knew that I wasn’t straight. I could go on the internet and look at fan fiction, and there was a million stories being written about queer characters online that you weren’t getting on television at that time. This was in the early 2000s, and the gay characters on TV at that point were, you know, Will and Grace, and basically that was it. There were others, not a ton, and not ones that felt like they were written just for me. But what you get in fan fiction is so many stories. These same characters are getting written over and over and over as gay. You can get angsty stories or you can get happy stories. You can get ones where they’re tragic or ones with a happy ending, or fluffy ones or whatever you want.