A new children’s book will explore the romantic relationship between Ruby and Sapphire of the popular TV series Steven Universe.
The show follows the adventures of a young boy named Steven and the three alien warriors (Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl) who form the Crystal Gems. Together, the four work to protect Earth from the colonizing powers of other members of the Gem species.
Throughout the series, the audience is given insight into the lives of the various characters, which shed light on their origins and histories.
In one particularly powerful episode in season 2, the writers explored the story of Ruby and Sapphire, the Gems that, together, form Garnet.
It’s revealed in “The Answer,” that the two fused together out of a deep love for one another. Though the Gems are certainly not people, they both present in feminine ways, which has led many to believe that that there’s is a queer love, an assessment that has been supported by the show’s creators.
The episode has proven to be a favorite among fans, so much so, that the show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, has decided to adapt it into a full length children’s book.
According to a description for the book, “Thousands of years ago, there were two Gems called Ruby and Sapphire who lived on the faraway Gem Homeworld planet. Even though one Gem could see into the future, neither could predict that their paths would come together in such an incredible way! This is the story of Garnet, the leader of the Crystal Gems, and how she came to live on planet Earth.”
In a statement, Sugar said that she was “so glad to get a chance to adapt this story into such a timeless format, and to work with two of my absolute favorite artists, original Crewniverse members Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford!”
“I’m so in love with how this book came out,” she continued. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
The news is especially exciting given a problematic British edit of the season 2 episode “We Need To Talk” that aired this past summer. In it, a loving dance between fellow gem queer couple Pearl and Rose Quartz was severely censored, a move that surprised fans who had come to appreciate the show’s progressive stance on LGBT relationships.
All in all, though, the show has been incredibly forward-thinking in regards to its treatment of LGBT themes, themes that will be explored more in depth in the forthcoming book The Answer, due out in stores this September.