This list was generated by discussion before the panel, and added to by other WisCon attendees later. This is books-only - please help me create a similar list for other genre media!
Discussion in this community will not stick *only* to these books - this is just to give us a place to start from.
I have not read all of these books, so I can't tell you how I think they handled the topic - I'll list the ones that I can personally vouch for or against first, and then put down the rest of the list. Please add to this list (I know there's stuff I missed!)! Thank you!
Things I Wrote
I can't say for myself whether I handled things well or poorly; I'm fundamentally biased! But I have writted about the aftermath of sexual assault, in my story in Ravens in the Library and in "The Angel of Fremont Street"; the latter, though it's mostly about recovery, does have a bit about the rape itself, so be warned.
Doing it Right
* Mary Doria Russell - The Sparrow
* Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series - the handling of Elena Bothari's parentage, and how both of her parents deal with it.
* I'm almost through Cyteen by CJ Cherryh, and so far, so good.
* The Stepsister Scheme - Jim Hines
* The Rifters series by Peter Watts is appropriately complex; there are parts that are way triggery, but he portrays emotional aftermath well, particularly in Starfish.
* Identity Crisis - my husband disagrees, saying "they raped her and killed her!", but I pointed out that the rape happens years before the murder, and I like the way her friends react; I find that as realistic as you get in a superhero comic.
Doing it Oh So Wrong
* Anything ever by Stephen R. Donaldson.
* Anything ever by John Ringo (OH JOHN RINGO NO.)
* Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
* Red Sonja
* The entire series and concept of Gor
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike's attempted rape of Buffy is terrible and well-filmed, but - then she goes right back to trusting him fully? Even her friends think thats fucked up. And Buffy's sexual assault of Spike when she's invisible is portrayed as sexy - if the genders had been reversed there, everyone would've called that scene rape. SRSLY.
* The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Alan Moore. Yeah, I like it that the Invisible Man pays for him crimes, but not like that!
* Oh Zeus No!
* The threat of rape in Firefly. He could've threatened any number of things, including blowing up the engine, but he went straight to rape. Lazy writing.
Things I Have Not Read (but got a thumbs-up from the audience
* Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
* Poison Sleep - TA Pratt
* DeGrassi: The Next Generation
* The Liveship Traders - Robin Hobb
Things I Have Not Read (but got a thumbs-down from the audience)
* Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan (17 rapes. Yes, you read that right. And it's YA.)
* Melusine - Sarah Monette
* A Companion to Wolves - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. (got a chorus of ugh!s.)
* The Fionavar Tapestry books - Guy Gavriel Kay
* The Cross-Time Engineer series - Leo Frankowski (apparently particularly heinous.)
* Hominids - Robert Sawyer (several people threw this across the room.)
* Peach Girl
* The Pern books by Anne McCaffrey
* Darkland - Liz Williams
* Friday - Heinlein
* Glasshouse - Charles Stross
Mixed or Unknown
* Deerskin - Robin McKinley
* The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon
* Dollhouse is mixed so far. Everything about Sierra's arc is problematic, and we did not need that many flashbacks, thanks, but I think it made the point of portraying that experience was horrifying and that the rapist's behavior is utterly inexcusable, even by the warped standards of the Dollhouse.
* Omaha the Cat Dancer
* Sheri Tepper's novels
* Watchmen. The comic is more nuanced than the movie, and you can see more of Sally Jupiter's recovery process. At the same time, this is case in point of "let's show that this character's a bad dude by having him rape someone." At the same time, you see The Comedian's process, too, in how he deals with Laurie. All of this is flattened and made one-note in the movie, unfortunately, and the rape is far more brutal than in the comic.
jimhines has a good post here.
Take Back the Sci-Fi (and Fantasy)
- Rape and Sexual Assault in Genre Fiction: The Reading (or Not-Reading) List