Thursday, March 21, 2013

Top ten fictional sex changes

Sam Mills is the author of three YA/crossover novels, including A Nicer Way to Die, The Boys Who Saved the World, and Blackout, and the not-YA novel The Quiddity of Will Self.

One of Mills's top ten fictional sex changes, as told to the Guardian:
Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Orlando, Woolf's fantastical biography, records the 400-year life of Lord Orlando. He begins as a nobleman in the court of Elizabeth I, and at 30 he falls into a slumber and wakes as a woman. Woolf believed the creative mind is androgynous. As a woman, Orlando doesn't feel any different – but society certainly treats her differently. The female Orlando finds she cannot inherit her beautiful house; her titles are pronounced in abeyance and her estates put into chancery. Only by cross-dressing, can she escape the constraints society has imposed on her.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue