> We’re entering a golden age of diversity in storytelling — with genre fiction and graphic novels leading the way

We’re entering a golden age of diversity in storytelling — with genre fiction and graphic novels leading the way

C S Pacat is fast becoming one of Australia’s best-selling authors, and they’re doing so by following one very simple formula.

Just write what you want to see.

As a queer teen, Pacat didn’t see themselves reflected in anything they read. Or watched on film and TV. Or anywhere else for that matter.

“If nothing in the wider culture is reflecting you, then you feel that you are wrong, or you don’t fit,” Pacat told ABC RN’s Big Weekend of Books.

“[There’s] the idea that monsters and vampires can’t see their own reflection.

“Not being able to see yourself makes you feel like a monster.”

Which is ironic, because the fantasy fiction world of monsters and magic is where Pacat found their home. Or rather, where they created their home.

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