And So, Bigotry and Pain Require Intent, As Indeed Most Things Do

I’ve been thinking a lot about the use of bigotry in stories and more specifically, about bigotry in worldbuilding. And I think the thing is that with homophobia, or racism, or ableism, in worldbuilding, there needs to be a point to bigotry existing within a narrative. It needs to be something your story critiques and … More And So, Bigotry and Pain Require Intent, As Indeed Most Things Do

Confessions of a Former Audiobook Hater, aka The Starter Audiobook Guide [+My Audiobook Recs!!]

I got into audiobooks only through the last few months [I finished my first in June], and I wanted to talk about it a little bit! Because I used to be an audiobook hater. And now I have sold my soul to audiobooks and listen to four or five a month. I know, I know, … More Confessions of a Former Audiobook Hater, aka The Starter Audiobook Guide [+My Audiobook Recs!!]

Let’s Talk—The Myth of the Not-Like-Other-Girls-Trope

I’M BACK AND I’M BITTER. This post is meant to be a discussion of the tendency on book twitter / goodreads / etc etc etc to say a book exhibits the I’m-Not-Like-Other-Girls trope when the heroine is not very feminine. And I’m here to argue that a specific character not being feminine is not somehow … More Let’s Talk—The Myth of the Not-Like-Other-Girls-Trope

Come On, 2018, DELIVER! // Tropes I Want To See More

We talk all the time about tropes we don’t like seeing, but what about tropes we want to see more of? And specifically, what about our desires for next year? Let’s chat. For this week’s top five Wednesday, we’re going through some themes, genres, and tropes we’d like to see more of!! Check here for … More Come On, 2018, DELIVER! // Tropes I Want To See More

problems with diverse books: recognizing nuance and mixed rep

Okay, here’s the issue: a lot of media with problematic elements also has elements that help minority groups. See, this isn’t an isolated thing. I have quite literally seen ownvoices books get called out for being discriminatory towards those groups while the author was in that group. One example is Dreadnought by April Daniels. I saw … More problems with diverse books: recognizing nuance and mixed rep