“Now, being a predominantly fantasy writer, I don’t often deal with race (as we know it, I mean) in my writing.” Ummmmm. Um? Are there any other fantasy writers out there who consciously write work that they believe “doesn’t deal” with race? For serious? I mean, SERIOUSLY?
Top Ten Reasons Gay Marriage Should Be Illegal
I mean, isn’t it obvious?
Why Writing Colorblind Is Writing White (a rant)
As a writer, you may write colorblind. You may pull out all the color and race and cultural tags for every single one of your characters, and thereby prove that they could be of any race! Sure. Let’s go with that. Nobody in your book has a skin color, or any sort of physical description …
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This Probably Works Better When You’re Not Really Self-Conscious
As I expected, associating “Good” and “Vabbenif” happens a lot more quickly in my lizard brain, but then, as shown, associating the pale figure with *anything* was something I did a lot more than with the dark figure. Try it for yourself. At least, I think that’s how I read these numbers (“0” was average. …
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On Magical Negros, Helpful Slave Girls, & Other Fantastic White Creations
There’s an interesting article up at Strange Horizons on the stereotype of the “Magical Negro” in fantasy fiction. Author Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu looks at this white-written type in the novels of Stephen King (Dick Hallorann in The Shining, Mother Abigail in The Stand, John Coffey in The Green Mile, etc). There’s some discussion about the problems …
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