Troublesome bodies

Description
Literature featuring characters who are seen as physically different or non-conforming. 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).
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6,629 members
70 reviews
½ 3.7
2
14,002 members
175 reviews
3.9
3
8,413 members
145 reviews
4.1
4
2,369 members
77 reviews
½ 3.6
5
12,713 members
285 reviews
3.9
2 Members
spiphany, ahef1963
Explanations
spiphany: The shaman who raises Ayla is partly crippled; Ayla herself has difficulty being accepted by the Neanderthal clan due to her physical difference from them.
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4,653 members
67 reviews
4
2 Members
dara85, spiphany
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9,424 members
212 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
alex68, ahef1963
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11,500 members
172 reviews
3.9
2 Members
alex68, ahef1963
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7,542 members
93 reviews
4
2 Members
spiphany, alex68
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1,018 members
11 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
alex68, bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Lame composer, pitied but not loved by the one who matters most.
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8,634 members
119 reviews
3.8
2 Members
alex68, ahef1963
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599 members
7 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
spiphany, alex68
Explanations
spiphany: The prince's left arm is crippled from birth, complicating royal appearances in public.
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17,988 members
326 reviews
4.2
2 Members
spiphany, alex68
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1,092 members
26 reviews
4
2 Members
spiphany, alex68
15
1,860 members
37 reviews
3.8
Member
alex68
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1,177 members
88 reviews
3.9
Member
dara85
17
97 members
2 reviews
4
Member
bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Extreme disability, very extreme, as scientific experiment.
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1,287 members
45 reviews
½ 3.6
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Protagonist is to others a both generous and bizrre rich person because he is dealing, secretly, with severe amnesia that makes him seem so.
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2,354 members
139 reviews
3.9
Member
dara85
20
9 members
2
Member
bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Woman with hare lip given the not unopposed choice of corrective surgery.
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113 members
1 review
½ 3.3
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Non-functional pain receptors, in this case a helpful disability.
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240 members
6 reviews
3.2
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bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Sometimes debilitating back pain that colours and perhaps leads to relationships with other people.
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5,419 members
182 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
ahef1963
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48 members
1 review
4.1
Member
bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: Blind detective forever surprising others with his perception in surprisingly enjoyable stories.
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241 members
10 reviews
½ 3.6
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alex68
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142 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
bluepiano
Explanations
bluepiano: 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.
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3,668 members
75 reviews
4.2
Member
alex68
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4,048 members
280 reviews
4
Member
spiphany
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2,023 members
50 reviews
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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1,714 members
115 reviews
½ 3.7
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Features one character with a facial scar and missing eye, one with a deformed arm, and an albino.
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844 members
13 reviews
4
Member
spiphany
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604 members
7 reviews
½ 3.6
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Female child raised as a man because of the father's desire for a male heir; the disparity between physical body and social gender are a source of conflict for the protagonist.
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500 members
3 reviews
½ 3.5
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: One of the main characters suffers from a poorly healed amputation from the war.
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434 members
5 reviews
3.8
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spiphany
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228 members
3 reviews
½ 3.5
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Narrator is a centaur; this is treated realistically (i.e., as a birth defect/mutation) rather than as a fantasy element.
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210 members
10 reviews
4
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Canadian trader loses most of his fingers to frostbite and is taken in by the Chukchi people of the far north.
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198 members
4 reviews
4
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: One of the characters, Knospelius, is described as being hunchbacked.
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179 members
7 reviews
3.8
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spiphany
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166 members
2 reviews
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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116 members
3 reviews
2.9
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Protagonist was badly burned/disfigured during the Hindenburg disaster.
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76 members
1 review
4.2
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spiphany
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53 members
1 review
4.1
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spiphany
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47 members
3 reviews
½ 3.4
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Historical novel set in Roman-era Germania. Protagonist has a muscular disorder that makes it difficult to walk.
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35 members
1 review
4
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spiphany
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13 members
1 review
4
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: One of the central characters is a newcomer to the village who has a badly scarred face.
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12 members
4
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Protagonist was born with malformed hands in revolutionary-era France; becomes a famous gourmet and critic of the arts.
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10 members
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Story collection featuring multiple characters with physical differences, including a hunchbacked dwarf.
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8 members
1 review
5
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spiphany
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35,174 members
539 reviews
3.8
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12,800 members
202 reviews
3.8
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8,119 members
110 reviews
3.8
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6,092 members
161 reviews
4
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5,669 members
81 reviews
½ 3.6
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4,723 members
87 reviews
4.2
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4,357 members
66 reviews
4.1
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4,351 members
102 reviews
4
58
3,297 members
184 reviews
3.9
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3,141 members
99 reviews
4.1
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3,066 members
24 reviews
3.8
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2,856 members
85 reviews
½ 3.6
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2,635 members
182 reviews
4
63
2,568 members
59 reviews
½ 3.7
64
2,218 members
125 reviews
4
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1,698 members
45 reviews
4.2
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1,264 members
80 reviews
3.9
67
1,241 members
24 reviews
3.8
68
1,125 members
20 reviews
½ 3.5
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917 members
22 reviews
4.1
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859 members
65 reviews
½ 3.4
71
852 members
31 reviews
4.2
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745 members
24 reviews
½ 3.7
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745 members
15 reviews
½ 3.6
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709 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
75
708 members
8 reviews
3.9
76
699 members
28 reviews
½ 3.7
77
555 members
19 reviews
½ 3.4
78
430 members
15 reviews
½ 3.5
79
427 members
½ 3.4
80
321 members
5 reviews
3.8
81
310 members
17 reviews
3.8
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270 members
26 reviews
½ 3.7
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263 members
13 reviews
3.9
84
256 members
29 reviews
½ 3.5
85
232 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
86
226 members
5 reviews
½ 3.6
87
191 members
9 reviews
½ 3.6
88
173 members
11 reviews
½ 3.7
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169 members
2 reviews
2.9
90
156 members
11 reviews
½ 3.7
91
139 members
25 reviews
3.8
92
132 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
93
100 members
6 reviews
3.8
94
98 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
95
81 members
7 reviews
½ 3.4
96
63 members
3 reviews
3.2
97
53 members
3 reviews
½ 4.3
98
53 members
½ 3.5
99
52 members
2 reviews
3.8
100
40 members
1 review
½ 3.7