Black History Month may be over, but there’s never a bad time to add black-authored books to your reading list! There are some amazing new releases coming out this year written by and featuring black voices. And I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but wow, these books have some gorgeous cover-art!Continue reading “2020 YA Book Releases Written by Black Authors to Add to Your TBR”
Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics
It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theatre nowadays and not see a Super Hero movie emblazoned on the marquee. The market is completely oversaturated with the latest Marvel and DC movies and doesn’t show any sign of stopping. There were a select few that appealed to me – Wonderwoman and Black Panther, for instance. But for the most part, it was hard to see myself reflected in the superhero universe.
The Superhero formula seems to be teams of 4 to 5 cis, white men and a single female (who invariably has a sexy, impractical costume unlike her male counterparts). But there’s still hope for you if these comics (and their movie counterparts) don’t appeal.
Here are some of my favorite – female-led, diverse, LGBTQIA, and body-positive – comics and graphic novels.Continue reading “Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics”
Diversity in Fantasy: We Can Do Better.
One of the best things about writing in the fantasy fiction genre is that anything goes. I’m not saying there aren’t rules – there are – Harry Potter wasn’t able to bring his parents back from the dead, the One Ring gave Frodo powers, but not without consequence. If done correctly, magic or superpowers shouldn’t be a panacea to all life’s problems or there would be nothing at stake, nothing for our hero to overcome or run up against. There are limits to magic and rules that govern fantasy worlds. But – the good news is, as a writer – you make the rules! You can create a fictional world of fish people, so long as you can convincingly explain to the reader how they’re able to breath under water, what kind of teeth they have for eating prey and how they’re able to navigate the darkest depths of the ocean. Fantasy – no matter how far-fetched – must have a basis in reality or you risk the reader suspending their disbelief.
Which is why a lot of fantasy worlds draw from science, historical events, real people or historical periods. Doing this provides the reader with a recognizable framework through which to view the world. Going forward, let’s call that framework belief glasses. As long as the writer provides the reader with a pair of belief glasses, the reader should be able to comfortably navigate the writer’s world and not get taken out of it. So when you’re creating those glasses, why create ones that only see white people? Why create glasses that can see dragons but not women in positions of power? Why not make full-spectrum glasses?Continue reading “Diversity in Fantasy: We Can Do Better.”