Now THAT was the Dany scene I’ve been waiting for. You don’t fuck with the Mother of Dragons.
I can’t wait for new Arrested Westeros posts, after this week’s episode…
That random monologue from Catelyn (or at least the part about Jon being sick as a little boy) kind of freaked me out because it was, I swear to the Old Gods, basically the exact plot of a fanfic I contemplated writing last year. Huh. It was also kind of surprising considering there’s nothing like it in the books and it didn’t altogether fit with Catelyn’s character arc, but Michelle Fairley certainly delivered the hell out of it as she does everything.
Wow Adventure Time is a great show to watch when you’re sick :)
Question for my friends/followers who read a lot of YA fiction (perhaps especially Anna and Annie): how R-rated is YA fantasy allowed to be? I just rewrote a scene that originally had a little innuendo so that it now has some fairly explicit language (although just as discussion, not as action, if that makes sense). I kind of like the new version but I’m not sure what is considered appropriate. More specifics in the tags. Any feedback welcome!
here is a fun story: a couple days ago i went to a reading/discussion panel with a few ya authors published in the last year! i won’t tell you who they were but like, i had seen all of their books around, and you probably have as well; they all had multi-book contracts. and all of their main characters, as they discussed their books, seemed to be white, straight, and cis. which i found distressing! so after about half an hour of the q&a portion i asked, very politely, to what extent they were as authors concerned or involved with the social contexts of their books and more particularly the struggle for diversity in ya lit
reader, i broke them
it was three authors and they had absolutely no idea what to say to me but they collectively babbled for literally twenty minutes, all staring at me, becoming increasingly defensive as i did not smile and nod back. here are some of the things they said to me:
- it is really important for books to be more diverse! this is a movement that is happening. have you heard of it? we support it 100%.
- characterization has to be natural and meaningful and we think about it a lot it needs an organic opportunity though
- we are all white and don’t know how to respectfully write nonwhite characters it is not good we think best not to
- my book is diverse because the protagonist is weird like me and i— perhaps like you— could never find myself in books growing up
- i wouldn’t want to be putting in a gay character just to be ticking off a box and i don’t think you would want that either
- my book is multicultural because my white protagonist ~loves (this oppressed and fetishized culture) and so provides an outsider perspective into its workings
- the problem is that there just wasn’t any diversity like that in old timey england (categorically false)
- i have found that the best most important most meaningful thing is for oppressed people to write their own stories and find their own voices!!!!!!!!
here is a tip, authors everywhere: maybe think about this shit as you are writing your book. as many people have explained if you research this at all, simply not writing any marginalized characters does not in fact exclude you from the problematic social contexts of your book nor make your all-white all-straight cisliterature less oppressive in any way, as i think you and these authors probably realize! and if you do not want to sound like a massive tool,when someone calls you out on it, then perhaps you should try harder.
Anna I really hope someday you will read my book and tell me whether or not it is terrible! This is definitely an important aspect to think about (I have definitely tried to think about it while writing but it’s always good to have a reminder).