I am so excited to be a part of Latinx-a-thon this week which runs from September 22nd through the 29th! The Representation Book Tag Latinx-a-thon is created by Booktuber Iris Moon! I am so proud to be Latinx and I found out about Latinx-a-thon a bit late but I am so freaking excited that this exists because one of my most meaningful books come from Latinx authors! I am going to make sure to keep Latinx-a-thon on my radar for next year! Now let’s begin las preguntas!!!
1. Introduce yourself! What are your identities?
My name is Alexandra (Blogger name: Catfairy) and I was born and proud to be raised in Miami, FL! My parents are from Cuba and I identify myself as a Cuban-American. My pronouns are she/her, I am cisgender, heterosexual, and happily married to another geek only instead of books he is a geek for Star Wars!
2. What was the first book/media in which you felt represented?
Back in 2006, when I was a 22-year-old baby I found a book titled Becoming Latina in Ten Easy Steps in the display Barnes and Noble fiction section and I was instantly intrigued. I have always suffered through a kind of identity crises. I have never been your typical/stereotypical Latinx. I hardly know how to dance Salsa and I am an overall hot mess on the dance floor. I still don’t know the difference between Bachata and Merengue. Cuban food is life but my cooking skills are dismal and often involve a meal subscription service, Publix meals in a bag, and a crockpot.
Becoming Latina in Ten Easy Steps is about Mexican American with a high powered career but at her age, she is supposed to be married with kids according to her family. This book was hilarious because she tried to become a stereotypical Latinx to please her family. In the end, this book taught me that the only way to be is yourself and that we shouldn’t feel pressured into being a certain kind of stereotype. I loved this book so much because it really represented my feelings around being Latinx and the crap that people give you when you don’t fit that mold.
3. Is there a character in your favorite book/genre that represents you?
Becoming Latina in Ten Easy Steps definitely identified my feelings about being Latinx even though the character is Mexican-American, I felt that this book was perfection.
As for genre, I feel that magical realism represents me perfectly being that magical realism is made famous by mostly Latinx authors and this is my favorite genre to read because of the lush, passionate, and fantastical writing.
4. What was the worst representation of one of your identities that you have ever read?
Honestly Hollywood has majorly sucked through the years when it comes to representation. I always hated to see movies representing Latinx authors as only maids (cough…Maid in Manhattan), custodians, or sexpots.
We are all so talented and we should be shown in different ways! Unfortunately, Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to representing different identities.
5. What is the best representation of your identities that you have ever read?
I discovered this gem in my college library in Orlando and I ate up this whole book! I was feeling very homesick for Miami and I needed a book to soothe my homesickness. The beauty of this book is without words. I love how it represents different perspectives of immigrants views of Cuba. The characters were very realistically written and I loved reading about her descriptions of Miami. I haven’t picked up this book in a long time and I would love to do another reread for Latinx-a-thon this year or next year!
6. Do you think your identities are misrepresented or underrepresented in the books that you read?
I feel that diversity in books is at the top of its game right now. There are so many diverse books published/being released now more than ever. The YA genre is killing it now when it comes to representation and for many years it was lacking when it came to diversity.
I feel that the books that were just recently published such as The Poet X and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo are representing Latinx characters perfectly and I look forward to reading more books that have Latinx characters in them. Of course, I would like to see a more modern book of Becoming Latina in Ten Easy Steps and I would like this book to represent what it is like to be a modern Latinx woman in these times. That would be everything!
Anyone that wants to take part of this tag can hop along!