The Fantasy Genre Returns

So apparently my blog is very popular over this past week due to a post of mine called “A Little List of Lies about Leprechauns”. It’s gotten over 400 views, something I considered impossible for any of my posts. So with this in mind, I’ve decided to discuss the thing that birthed such creatures in the first place: the fantasy genre.

It seems like the fantasy genre is finally making a comeback. With shows like Game of Thrones, the Shannara Chronicles, and the recent success of The Hobbit, the general public is eating up fantasy as intensively as the upper class is eating lobster. But where does the booming interest in fantasy come from?

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duvallon:

it’s like, white fandom on tumblr is made of ppl who are nominally conscious of racial issues & plenty of them are marginalized in other ways so they’ll reblog pictures of models n characters of color and maybe they seem to give a shit about ferguson

but when it comes time to actually interrogate the ways they perpetuate white supremacy, mainly in the places they spend the most time and energy (e.g. fandom), that support for poc evaporates

they’ll desexualize and sideline protags of color who they can’t get away with erasing entirely and shit all over any poc who might get in the way of their white faves boning while harassing & invalidating fans of color who’re trying to carve any bit of representation we can out of what little we’re given

anyway their transparent attempts at looking progressive are fuckin hilarious, yall just look like fetishistic creeps when you’re willing to admire the way attractive poc look but refuse to humanize them in any capacity

Glad it ain’t just me.

This is a pretty big problem in booklr. 

I’m sorry to hear that this is the case with so many people. But let me give y’all a little bit of comfort. There are some fakers out there, but there are also white people who were raised around others of color long enough that just using the word “colored” to describe them feels a little weird. It wasn’t that we tried to pretend that it didn’t exist because that would be stupid, but that we came to know them enough on a human level so that it wasn’t “my Black/Asian/Hispanic friend”, but rather “Cedric” or “Alexa”. And if you dared to try claim any limitation on our friends because of their skin pigment, so help me God, you were going to get your arse kicked. We noticed the differences, but they never stopped us from seeing each other as human beings. 

So, luckily, our brains didn’t change when we started getting into fandoms. We don’t get more excited about shipping white people than people of any other ethnicity (unless those two white people just happen to ship really well). I personally had no second thoughts about making a poc protagonist for the book I’m writing, because it made sense with the story. If he’s / she’s a good protagonist in a series, we’re not going to be hindered in any way our enjoyment of the show by their pigment, and we have no issues seeing them as three-dimensional characters, and loving them for it. 

So while I’m aware there are some super-hypocrites on this site, please let it be known that there are lots of us who don’t think like this at all. Please don’t categorize fans just because of how stupid some of them are. 

WARNING: STRONG OPINIONS AHEAD

 So here’s my opinion on this whole John Green pedophilia controversy. I’m going to give a very unpopular opinion. They’re both right and they’re both wrong. 

That may sound like I’m backing out and trying to make everyone happy. Not at all! In fact, I’m sure both sides are going to get butt-hurt, and that’s ok. People don’t have to be happy about your opinion; they just have to acknowledge that it exists. 

For those who don’t know the situation, here are the basics from what I understand: a girl on Tumblr basically said that John Green seems to pander to young teen girls a lot and through watching his videos, decided that he seems to act a bit like a pedophile. John Green lashed out, very angry that she would call him a pedophile. 

Props to the lady – she noted behavior that does seem typical of a pedophile. Pandering to young girls, trying to make them feel good about themselves, etc.: it can be seen as pedophilic. And girls should note behavior that’s pedophilic. If you see an old guy who watches children or plays with them very affectionately, but looks like he never goes outside, it’s all right to be very, very cautious. That’s what stops rape from happening. And that she called out a famous author for that? That’s called courage, my friends. 

Props to Green – contrary to what everyone’s trying to say, she did call him a pedophile. If you don’t see the connection between what she said and his reaction, you need some more reading comprehension classes. He has reason to be upset at being called a pedophile. Being a pedophile is a bad thing. Did he overreact? Yes. And she should probably not have put that out on public social media for everyone to see. That’s a conversation you have between friends, not on Tumblr. 

A few more thoughts on the whole situation: I do not think that John Green is a pedophile in any manner of speaking. I think he panders to the younger audience that he does because he realizes that they need books and writers that sympathize with them. I don’t think he purposely makes his videos to attract ladies, but that they often come because his books are made for that audience. I think he acts the way he does because he’s goofy and fun to watch. I am not a teen girl, but I enjoy watching his stuff, and I know lots of other guys that do. That being said, if teen romance lovers are his main audience, he needs to handle pedophilia accusation better. If you’re not a teen yourself, and especially if you’re up there in age, and writing for that audience, it’s going to happen. Whether or not the girl is right doesn’t matter. It’s all about how you respond to these kinds of things. And he responded poorly at the time.

Rant complete.

Halverron! (I Fly)

A post of jubilation!

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I have officially gotten over 100 pages into the second draft with editing/rewriting! That’s over one-quarter of the way through! It’s a really good feeling. Now it’s time to start looking for an agent. That should be fun. Am I planning too far ahead? I might be. In other news, it looks like today is the biggest day for my WordPress! I have no idea why. Still, I have over 30 views and over 15…

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