"Look! Look! Someone wrote something and actually mentioned World of Warcraft
!" That used to be A Thing, a Really Big Thing. After eight years and millions and millions of players, though, it's much less of A Thing. Everybody knows WoW
. In fact, the last time a group tried to make a big deal out of the fact that someone played WoW
, the outcome didn't turn out in their favor
has evolved from A Weird Thing to An Everybody Thing, sort of like the latest hot TV show or book. It's something people talk about over coffee. And that's why author Rachel Gold chose to have the teenage protagonists of her young adult novel Being Emily
-- that, and the opportunity WoW
provides to try on different gender roles by playing characters of the opposite sex. You see, Being Emily
is the first YA novel to tell the story of a transsexual girl from her perspective.
"I've been playing WoW
since its first weekend, and although I'm not transsexual myself, I know that a lot of my trans friends who game found relief in the ability to play a character that matched the gender they know themselves to be, regardless of what body they were born into," Gold observes. "I included that feature of gaming in the novel by having the main character and her girlfriend both play WoW
(casually, since they're in high school)."
Since Being Emily
arrived in bookstores at the end of June, it's hit #2 on Amazon.com's Hot New Releases in Teen Fiction & Literature. Gold talks with us about why the book resonates with teens and how WoW
is helping open doors for people searching for new identities and places to be accepted for themselves.
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