Last week I blogged about Annexed, the historical novel by Sharon Dogar which tells the Anne Frank story from Peter Van Pels point of view.
I hope you will watch the video below in which Dogar discusses her intent.
Some of the heat she's taken has been unnecessary because it claims that she sexualized the relationship between Peter and Anne. She did not. Dogar may believe that Anne and Peter had sex but she did not include it in the book. In fact, the amount of kissing in Annexed was less than that mentioned in The Diary of a Young Girl.
Peter is a teen-aged boy so there are some moments when he's alone in his room struggling with sexual feelings. If I had written the book, I might not have portrayed those scenes in quite the way Dogar did but I don't see them as problematic for todays teens.
The whole point of the story is not sex at all. It is personhood. Peter is struggling to hang on to his sense of self in a world spiralling into the depths. Dogar raises haunting questions about that world and for that reason I champion this extraordinary book and the brave author who followed the story that would not let her go. In the end that's what a writer has to do.
BTW, Annexed has a website all its own. Do check it out!