Sometimes books frustrate me so much, even as an aspiring writer. I look around me and all I see is romantic/sexual love interests. I am more than aware that love sells, but for people like me it is so hard to find something I relate to, and it hurts to know that writers don't want to represent people who are asexual and/ or armomantic.
I am a 19 year old woman. I have never kissed someone/ never even felt inclined to do so, and I have never been on a date. I do not feel sexual attraction to either sex.
I want to see protagonists/ fictional characters that identify somewhere on the ace spectrum. I want characters that I and other ace and aro people can identify with.
I want protagonists that feel romantic attraction but not sexual attraction.
I want to see young people like me who are both ace/aro and they're just really confused about why everyone around them is screaming about sex and relationships and romantic dates.
I want writers to show through ace/aro characters that people like them are not broken, that it's OK, and that ace/aro people are actually totally rad.
Can we get protagonists that literally don't know what part of the asexuality/ aromantic scale they fall on? But that's OK because life is all about figuring these things out.
One day I want to pick up a book and read a valid POV from an ace character. I want other ace people in the community to be able to read those books, to know that they're going to be OK, and that there is literally nothing wrong with them because ace/aro people are all perfect the way they are, no matter where they fall on the spectrum.
I want every ace person in the world to know that what they're feeling is fine. That it's all fine. No matter whether they identify as ace/ are working things out/ need to know that other people are feeling similar things to them.