- Title: Odd Girl Out
- Author: Ann Bannon
- ISBN: 9780930044831
- Page: 296
- Format: Paperback
In the 1950s, Ann Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embraced their sexuality With Odd Girl Out, Bannon introduces Laura Landon, whose love affair with her college roommate Beth launched the lesbian pulp fiction genre.
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H κεντρική χαρακτήρας εξαφανίζεται μετα απο κάποια στιγμή απο το προσκήνιο και ασχολούμαστε με τους υπόλοιπους βαρεμένους της παρέας (που δεν μας νοιάζουν κιόλας) με την Μπέθ να είναι και επισήμως η πιο ΚΑΡΧΙΑ αφου δεν ξέρει τι θέλει και τους χορεύει στο ταψί με απαράδεκτες [...]
I love this book. Even though it was published before even my mother was born, this book impacted my life in a way that I can't put into words adequately. I was seventeen years old, queer and miserable and living in an extremely rural and insular area, and I felt that I was the only girl in the world who was attracted to other girls. This was pre-internet, of course. I knew that there were men who were attracted to men (my best friend was one of them), but I had never (knowingly) met a woman att [...]
This review was written for The Lesbrary.Laura goes off to college and meets Beth. Beth inspires in her a frenzied, frightening passion, which she can barely contain. Beth, in her loneliness, is drawn to Laura’s worship of her. They start an affair. Until Beth meets Charlie, and finally falls in love.This is basically the plot of Ann Bannon’s Odd Girl Out and on this cursory, superficial level, I sort of enjoyed it. It’s not the best written story I have ever read, and in particular, I fou [...]
Read. This. Book. Bannon was a young housewife who was left alone by her traveling salesman husband in 1955. She witnessed one of her sorority sisters fall in love with another while in college. It was unrequited, but it was intense enough to spark something in Bannon that made her question her sexuality, but dropped the seed of this book into her mind. Laura Landon's realization of her love for her sorority sister is so intense, and described in such vivid detail that I could hardly breathe whi [...]
While this book is historically significant as one of the pulp novels of the 1950's and is interesting from that perspective, that doesn't necessarily make it a great read. The characters are kind of shallow and caricaturish but I guess that's representative of the genre.I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking strictly for good entertainment, but if you want to get some insight to what lesbians in the 1950's went through to find any representations of themselves in literature, then take a lo [...]
My coverage of seminal trashy lesbian pulp fiction is woefully lacking. I realized that when I was researching the etymology of "butch," wondering if it could possibly have come from the character "Butch" in the classic board game "Go to the Head of the Class," because, if so, wouldn't that be the greatest thing ever? In my research, next thing I knew, I was reading the biography of Ann Bannon, who wrote some of the best seminal trashy lesbian pulp fiction of all time in her series of books now [...]
What can I add to what has been said before. These are seminal books, that while slightly dated compared to today's reality, speak with quiet passion and dignity about the struggles and consequences of following your heart, wherever that might lead you. The over riding message that I have always taken from these books is to be true to yourself. A must read.
With this novel, Ann Bannon unknowingly launched the lesbian pulp movement in America. Odd Girl Out became the first in the Beebo Brinker Chronicles, a series of 6 novels featuring Laura Landon and a host of other nontraditional literary characters. Odd Girl Out is surprisingly subdued considering the cultural shock waves its publication initiated. But when the world is reading things like the 50 Shades trilogy, a kiss on the lips between two women is nothing to bat an eye at. But it's important [...]
Odd Girl Out, by Ann Bannon, narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Cleis Press, downloaded from audible.This is the first book in the Beebo Brinker series, written in the 1950’s by a 22-year-old Philadelphia housewife who wrote about what it would be like to be experimenting with sexual freedom in a sorority in 1957. This was the beginning of the genre of lesbian pulp fiction, and this book in particular has been re-published several times since then and has remained a best seller. Even today, mu [...]
To me, what was far more shocking than the central love triangle is Charlie's behavior towards the women of the story. He had a habit of using his physical presence--a combination of assertiveness and strength--as a means to compel the women to follow him or to stay with him. In today's world this sort of behavior would be a quick road to a harassment charge.Second to this is the assumed road map for all the women at college: vaguely working for some liberal arts degree, with college itself as a [...]
Once upon a time, lesbian pulp fiction was just about the only place where gay women could read about themselves. Written in the 1950s, these novels had to pass a morality test, i.e there really was no happily ever after ending for two women in love. Thankfully, lesbian fiction has come such a long way since then! More women than ever are writing their own stories: romance, sci-fi, historical--you name it. But I will always be grateful to the trailblazers like Ann Bannon, who wrote these stories [...]
I found this book by accident after my daughter was born. Odd Girl Out, is a gay book written in the fifty's. Because of its time there are no dirty, perverted, or graphic sense. Instead it is a innocent, school girl, love story. If you have ever been curious why the same sex is attracted to each other this is a good insightful, innocent read that explains the ways of a human heart. I actually emailed the author who is by now in her late 60's. She wrote me back and told me a bit about herself.
Although this is a classic in 1950's pulp fiction, it reads a bit like a dramatic young adult coming of age story. Love! Deception! Breaking the Rules! It is light on trashiness and high on melodrama. It is worth reading for the social perspective. I wonder if everyone really called each other 'Darling" in the fifties? Hmmm. Still, the ending manages to wrap the story up in a way that is both satisfying and socially conscious.
Very interesting portrayal of what it was like to be a woman and a lesbian back in the 1950s. We have come quite a long way on some respects since then. This book reads better and is better than most pulp fiction, very melodramatic, but one must remember that the characters in it are very young. Good writing, very strong compelling characters. Ann Bannon really did something revolutionary for the time in trying to create realistic portrayals instead of pulpy cheap caricatures. Recommended.
Can't stop reading that classic lesbian pulp fiction. Pretty impressive for a pulp yarn written by a 21-year-old suburban housewife.
A fun capture of period culture. We've come (out) a long way!
Delightfully trashy. it indulged my as of yet superficial fascination with the ways sexuality was negotiated historically. in the campiest way possible.
wonder what life would have been had ann bannon been lying around the house in place of the harlequins my sister so enjoyed.
Waffling between two stars and three, because it really was pretty bad, yet I need to judge it based on its time, not on my 2017 sensibilities. The good: early portrayal of a lesbian love affair that did not end in the death of either character. Engaging enough story, for the most part. The bad: totally flat characters. I really couldn't bring myself to care about any of them, and Laura, whom I should have been rooting for, was the most boring, one-dimensional character of them all. This was Ban [...]
Interesting, and i guess pretty revolutionary for the times it was written in, but stillSPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILERI fucking hated Charlie's pov and just Charlie's existence in general, and Beth, BETH, my child, what did you do?! Why did you negate your bisexuality?! (Or lesbianism, for that matter) I don't know, I really liked Beth's character in the beginning and the fact that she couldn't (or didn't want to, or was afraid to) do what had to be done in the end just left me with a bitter af [...]
It must have taken incredible courage to write books like this in the 50s and even more courage to try and make your way knowing who you are and how you feel. I'm so relieved I don't have to feel like this any more. I hoped I would enjoy this and that it would be light but it has leave me feeling desolate and heavy. I think I'll stick to contemporary lesbian romance and fold this t-shirt and put it back into the cupboard.
Not all that well written, but probably because it's a product of it's time (1957). Worth a read for how it handles lesbian love at a time when it was frowned upon--downright illegal. It does treat at least one of the characters with humanity--the other's homosexuality is treated like something she can shrug off easily--and be rewarded for it. The melodrama is typical for this type of pulp fiction. Lot of point of view slips but a brisk read.
It was very well written. The characters were introduced very well and the story moved along very quickly. I was captured the minute my eyes laid on the book until I put it down. Unfortunately, the ending to a lesbian fiction always ends the same way, but who can say much about that. All in all, it was a good book and I recommend this to anyone who wants an easy ready.
Reading this in a current mindset, this book is not good enough. The way the characters are written is flat, the author doesn't really understand the lgbt topic however hard she tries. The story is not really interesting.But reading this, while keeping in mind this was written in the 50s by a young woman who empathised with the subject, it is an important book in the history of queer books.
Wasn't a huge fan of this book partly because of the topic that the book was based on. I had to read this for a women's history class, so I did but I wouldn't read this book during my free time for fun. Not my kind of a book.
I really had no expectations for this book, it being pulp and all, but I must admit I truly loved it. I think the characters were so believable and ernest. I adored it.
A lesbian pulp fiction classic! So much fun.
The last 10 pages make most of the painful midsection of the book worthwhile.
While dated, the themes remain relevant. I would've given it two stars, but I appreciated the ending.
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