Even with the hesitation that was present in the first season, the protagonists of this series are irrevocably queer.
Chloe has had boyfriends and her arc largely revolves around her relationships with two women—these truths are never pitted in opposition to each other. When Sean talks to his friends about his sexuality, none of the four possible options imply that he is exclusively attracted to men or women.
As ofroughly 4.
This brings the question: Does queer representation have to fit an arbitrary ideal? Should it be tied to notions of wholesomeness, the exploration of only positive moments, and the avoidance of the pain that comes with not just being queer, but also being human and forging intricate connections?
In the third episode of Life is Strange 2brothers Sean and Daniel are still on the run after a confrontation with a neighbor in the first episode ended with a police officer killing their father. The leaders of the group, Finn and Cassidy, receive a particular focus from the game and Sean himself, for he can form a romantic relationship with either one.
Finn is eager to frequently be physically and emotionally intimate with Sean.
He calls Sean hot and reassures the older Diaz brother that any scars from trimming weed buds will make him sexier. You made me miss!
In front of Finn. So glad I did.
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I…kinda wanna do it again? Okay, shut up.
And this line, voiced with equal tinges of nerves, uncertainty, and excitement loud enough to break the quiet of the rustling forest leaves, the subdued crackling of the campfire and the distant hooting of an owl in the dead of the night, encompasses so much of the queerness in Life is Strange. The first season of Life is Strange was criticized by some for not being explicitly queer enough and having an ending that played into the infamous Bury Your Gays trope by making Max choose between sacrificing an entire town or her potential lover, Chloe.
Before the Storm —a spin-off prequel made by Deck Nine Games—had a strongly queer main narrative but its ending left a bad aftertaste for some fans who felt it played into the same trope by sensationalizing the tragic death of Rachel Amber.
And yet this is part of what makes Life is Strange feel so authentic. It has always been refreshing in how its portrayal of teenagers avoids reducing them to one-dimensional tropes and instead validates them and their struggles.
It knows that teenagers are fuck ups. Adults are often fuck ups.
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Therefore, it makes sense that the queerness in Life is Strange is sometimes clumsy in ways that mirror our own messiness. That we can discuss them, write about them and have something through which to channel our queer voices.
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By Kevin Fox, Jr. By Waverly September 30, pm.