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Troublesome bodies

Description: Literature featuring characters who are seen as physically different (for example, due to a birth defect or illness/injury). For this list, I'm less interested in explicitly disability awareness fiction, but more in how authors have thematized this "otherness" (for better or for worse, although ideally thoughtfully and not in a cartoon villain way).

Members: 4 participating members (show all)

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1
5,088 members, 50 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), spiphany

Score: 6.2

2
81 members, 2 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): Extreme disability, very extreme, as scientific experiment.

3
10,366 members, 245 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2)

Score: 3.36

4
1,040 members, 41 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): Protagonist is to others a both generous and bizrre rich person because he is dealing, secretly, with severe amnesia that makes him seem so.

5
9,526 members, 143 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

6
8 members, 0 reviews
2 stars (2 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

bluepiano (3): Woman with hare lip given the not unopposed choice of corrective surgery.

7
7,635 members, 171 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4)

Score: 2.83

8
99 members, 1 review
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

bluepiano (4): Non-functional pain receptors, in this case a helpful disability.

9
6,747 members, 108 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

10
835 members, 10 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

bluepiano (5): Lame composer, pitied but not loved by the one who matters most.

11
6,735 members, 98 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Score: 2.56

12
206 members, 7 reviews
3.17 stars (3.17 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

bluepiano (6): Sometimes debilitating back pain that colours and perhaps leads to relationships with other people.

13
4,395 members, 152 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7)

Score: 2.46

14
22 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

bluepiano (7): Blind detective forever surprising others with his perception in surprisingly enjoyable stories.

15
99 members, 3 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

bluepiano (8): Love object suffers from same ailment as the one in Beware of Pity, also on list. Both novels written before 'attention-seeking' came into use.

16
15,417 members, 286 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

17
10,310 members, 126 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

18
6,110 members, 75 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

19
4,091 members, 58 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

20
3,560 members, 265 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

22
460 members, 5 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (6): The prince's left arm is crippled from birth, complicating royal appearances in public.

23
428 members, 3 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (19): One of the main characters suffers from a poorly healed amputation from the war.

24
340 members, 6 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

25
170 members, 9 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (11): Canadian trader loses most of his fingers to frostbite and is taken in by the Chukchi people of the far north.

26
163 members, 2 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (18): Narrator is a centaur; this is treated realistically (i.e., as a birth defect/mutation) rather than as a fantasy element.

27
153 members, 2 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (20): One of the characters, Knospelius, is described as being hunchbacked.

28
129 members, 4 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

29
117 members, 2 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

30
97 members, 3 reviews
2.72 stars (2.72 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (21): Protagonist was badly burned/disfigured during the Hindenburg disaster.

31
66 members, 1 review
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

32
43 members, 0 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

33
33 members, 2 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (17): Historical novel set in Roman-era Germania. Protagonist has a muscular disorder that makes it difficult to walk.

34
9 members, 0 reviews

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (3): Story collection featuring multiple characters with physical differences, including a hunchbacked dwarf.

35
8 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

spiphany (13): Protagonist was born with malformed hands in revolutionary-era France; becomes a famous gourmet and critic of the arts.

36
25,905 members, 404 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Score: 0

37
9,015 members, 155 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Score: 0

38
7,052 members, 95 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Score: 0

39
4,987 members, 136 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Score: 0

40
3,552 members, 55 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Score: 0

41
2,558 members, 78 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Score: 0

42
2,463 members, 162 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Score: 0

43
1,982 members, 46 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Score: 0

44
1,928 members, 61 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Score: 0

45
1,676 members, 39 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Score: 0

46
1,188 members, 34 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Score: 0

47
982 members, 18 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Score: 0

48
890 members, 22 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Score: 0

49
669 members, 15 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Score: 0

50
591 members, 7 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Score: 0

51
589 members, 26 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Score: 0

52
580 members, 6 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Score: 0

53
568 members, 6 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Score: 0

54
534 members, 11 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Score: 0

55
343 members, 0 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Score: 0

56
237 members, 4 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Score: 0

57
234 members, 25 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Score: 0

58
197 members, 7 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Score: 0

60
69 members, 6 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Score: 0

61
33 members, 1 review
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Score: 0

62
29 members, 5 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Score: 0

63
26 members, 2 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Score: 0

64
21 members, 0 reviews
4.75 stars (4.75 stars)

Score: 0

65
19 members, 2 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Score: 0

66
15 members, 2 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Score: 0

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About this list

Started by: spiphany (October 2017)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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