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fuzzipueo   
fuzzipueo

TJ Klune has two works with asexual characters that I've read so far (indeed he has recently come out as asexual himself so there may be more in his works:D).

How to be a Normal Person - A romantic book he has coming out about a asexual relationship

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25548442-how-to-be-a-normal-person

The Lightning-Struck Heart - The mentor wizard Morgan

Just finished The Lightning Struck Heart. Loved it, but I would put a warning up for folks who are very sex (and foul language) repulsed! :)

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shnuffeluv   
shnuffeluv

The Poison Tree's Gardener by Emily Johns has one of the main characters as an asexual, although the term isn't used outright, since it's set in a fantasy world different from our own, but I think it could be a good read for anyone in the mood for some light fantasy.

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Iyck   
Iyck

There are officially two ace characters in the Sidewinder series by Abigail Roux. :wub: One of the main characters is demi and a side-characters is asexual. Both things are casually mentioned in book 3 - "Part & Parcel".

Both characters also appear in the Cut & Run series by the same author.

About the characters:

Kelly id's as (biromantic) demisexual and Digger as (heteroromantic) asexual.

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sassyintheshire   
sassyintheshire

I just finished reading an advance copy of a YA realistic fiction novel with an asexual/aromantic main character. The character doesn't specifically identify as ace/aro, but it is very clear to anyone with an understanding of the sexuality.

Seven Ways We Lie (Riley Redgate)

Just a heads up for anyone averse, there's a fair amount of sex mentions as well as a make-out scene.

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Nacht   
Nacht

The Alpha and His Ace by Ana J. Phoenix is a short gay romance with an asexual main character. There are some sexual situations, so beware if that repulses you. (Can be read for free, though)

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Worry! At the Theatre   
Worry! At the Theatre

Well, I'm a writer. I'm not sure if self-promotion is welcome here, but my book Deathskull Bombshell has a gay asexual character. The book is a disjointed-narrative story, meaning it hops around in time from 2001 to 2015. It's mostly about some punk kids and what they go through in life, but the main focus I think is on the relationships between the characters.

Slightly better synopsis below:

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When you lose everything, what's left?

Obsessive punk fan Nick O'Doole leads a complicated life. His anthropologist parents are rarely home, preferring the company of their students and professor friends to that of their own children. Most of the other kids at Spartan High don't notice Nick unless they're beating him up. Furthermore, he's the only asexual gay guy in a world full of conformist hypersexual pop-music-quoting mall junkies. The only sources of stability in his life are his sarcastic older sister Brooke and his boyfriend, bass player Parker Beloit.

When Brooke disappears without warning, Nick is stunned. Where did she go? Why would she leave for no reason? It doesn't make sense.

With sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Deathskull Bombshell explores themes of abandonment, community, and forgiveness.

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eBook: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/600356
Hardcover: http://www.lulu.com/shop/bethany-ebert/deathskull-bombshell/hardcover/product-22507029.html

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HeidiUK   
HeidiUK

Thank you so much for this list!

I will peruse it at length when I have more time :)

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Mikasa   
Mikasa

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara has an ace main character. He went through a lot of sexual abuse as a child though, so perhaps not the best example of asexuality..? Still, it was interesting to read about how his attitude toward sex played a role in his later life and relationships. (It's also one of the best books I've ever read, but just a warning, it's really dark and depressing.)

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Just like Jughead   
Just like Jughead

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara has an ace main character. He went through a lot of sexual abuse as a child though, so perhaps not the best example of asexuality..? Still, it was interesting to read about how his attitude toward sex played a role in his later life and relationships. (It's also one of the best books I've ever read, but just a warning, it's really dark and depressing.)

I completely LOVED this book, but it was so emotional for me to read. I agree that the main character could be read as asexual, and in fact at one point when his friends are talking about him one of them suggests he may be asexual and actually uses that word, and it's the only time the word is used. But this book is about so much more than that.

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ben8884   
ben8884

The Invisible Orientation is a good book-I am currently reading it now. It goes deeply into what asexuality is/can be and perhaps just as importantly what its not/doesn't have to be. It looks at asexuality from many different angles.

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Decaf   
Decaf

I've always felt that the character of Dr Tony Hill in the Wire in the Blood UK TV series is an ace.
I'm told by friends that he's very different in the original books by Val McDermid, so I might pick one up on KIndle.

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Luftschlosseule   
Luftschlosseule

The Change Series by Brown and Smith has an ace girl in it.
It is set in a postapokalyptic town in south USA or nothern Mexiko, and people may get a "change" which gives them special abilities. One point of view is from the ace girl, who falls in love.

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Luftschlosseule   
Luftschlosseule

Oh, another one! In Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami the protagonist has a kind of date, and then guy leaves her, embarassed, telling her that he doesn't do this sex stuff.

Edit: Sorry, ignore me, he's demi.

Edited by Luftschlosseule

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Asexual Aqua   
Asexual Aqua

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Asexual protagonist!

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aerosemyth   
aerosemyth

Can you please add this one to the non-fiction section? The Lonely Ace of Hearts.

It's free for Kindle subscribers, and I'm hoping for more feedback before I revise to put it in the iTunes book store too!

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aerosemyth   
aerosemyth

Can you please add this one to the non-fiction section? The Lonely Ace of Hearts.

It's free for Kindle subscribers, and I'm hoping for more feedback before I revise to put it in the iTunes book store too!

Description: The Lonely Ace of Hearts begins with a general introduction about asexuality as an orientation, debunking the most common myths, and then guides readers through the most common struggles. Defining and Understanding Your Identity. Achieving Self-Acceptance. Coming Out to Friends & Family. (Or, not.) Dealing with Loneliness. Then (and only then) can we work on the struggles with Love, Dating, Sex, and Relationships.

This book is not about "dealing with life as an asexual"... it's is about (ultimately) Embracing the Asexual Identity.

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A Different Mononoke   
A Different Mononoke

Glimmer Girl from the web novel at shimmerverse.com

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Just like Jughead   
Just like Jughead

The new novel NICOTINE by Nell Zink has an asexual character.

Update: scrap that. Later in the book he says he's lying because his penis is small and then is up for sex with some nudging.

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cavalier080854   
cavalier080854

Most of the non-fiction books are unavailable in the UK, though I do have JSDeckers book.

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=NolePtr   
=NolePtr

Is there a thread for TV shows?

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Kel   
Kel

Clariel by Garth Nix has a canonically asexual main character (and at least one mentioned ace background character, too). It's Fantasy.

Oh, and if we're counting webcomics, Always Human has an ace character too (the roommate of one of the protagonists). It's Romance/SciFi.

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Heart of Darkness   
Heart of Darkness

My campus' LGBTQIA+ group posted this helpful link of books featuring aromantic/asexual characters that have been confirmed by authors.  By no means is it complete, but it has some cool search features/extra information such as how the character is portrayed, how much of a role they have in the story, and a sort by character gender (many NB) or genre:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HOVSEmZOx-vSRWu3HIGLdYXNsa95et3Dh_wrPd_E5E/edit#gid=664353285

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scarletlatitude   
scarletlatitude
On 2/14/2017 at 7:50 PM, Heart of Darkness said:

My campus' LGBTQIA+ group posted this helpful link of books featuring aromantic/asexual characters that have been confirmed by authors.  By no means is it complete, but it has some cool search features/extra information such as how the character is portrayed, how much of a role they have in the story, and a sort by character gender (many NB) or genre:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HOVSEmZOx-vSRWu3HIGLdYXNsa95et3Dh_wrPd_E5E/edit#gid=664353285

:o Thank you for the link! This is an awesome list!

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iff   
iff

I am unsure of a character, jamalee merridew in tomato red by Daniel woodrell.

 

She could either be asexual or could be repulsed (because of her mother being a prostitute)

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Crazy Cat Lady   
Crazy Cat Lady

Just posting here to make it easier to keep an eye on the thread.

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chandrakirti   
chandrakirti

I love your Mahatma Gandhi quote @Crazy Cat Lady, oh, would that he had been listened to on that point.

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Aarineko   
Aarineko

How to be a normal person by TJ Klune is THE BEST ... I laughed so hard when I read it ... I like it because it actually explain asexuality really well without it being the main topic 

For those who have doubt it's absolutly not the asexual character that tries to be normal ;)

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skyfossil   
skyfossil

It's not stated, but I interpret the main character, June, in Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves I'm Home as being asexual... it's a great novel set in the 80s about a teenager's response to her uncle's death from AIDS, and there's a particularly gorgeous couple of paragraphs about how you don't need sex to feel close to someone.

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Deus Ex Infinity   
Deus Ex Infinity

I'd be grateful for any sci-fi ace recommendations :D

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Rhyme   
Rhyme
On 26.8.2016 at 4:15 AM, Asexual Aqua said:

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Asexual protagonist!

Every Heart a Doorway is my favourite book except for Harry Potter, but that doesn't count 

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