Author Archives: Zina

About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.

When will it finally be an acceptable time to talk about gun violence?

Today, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida (the school I did my student teaching in back in the beginning of 2015), a young man with access to an AR-15 and a ton of ammo shot multiple people. … Continue reading

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The Consort – Chapter Two

Iirin meets the two gods that he is apparently destined to bond with and realizes that he really has no idea how to handle what will come next. Between the moment when the carriage finally slowed to a stop and … Continue reading

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[Guest Post] Finn as everyman? How about no?

After the release of The Last Jedi, there was a noticeable shift in how members of the general audience discussed Finn – if they talked about him at all. People who resented his inclusion in The Force Awakens – viewing … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Title: Let’s Talk About Love Author: Claire Kann (Twitter) Genre: Contemporary, Queer Fiction, Queer Romance, Ace/Aro Representation Rating: Highly Freaking Recommended Publisher: Swoon Reads/Macmillan Publishing Date: January 23, 2018 LINKS: AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE Alice had her whole summer … Continue reading

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What Fandom Racism Looks Like: The Smartest Girl in the World Has To Be A Mary Sue

On the first day of Black History Month, a random writer on Archive of Our Own gave to me… two separate stories that framed Shuri – T’challa’s brilliant baby sister in Black Panther –  as a character that couldn’t possibly … Continue reading

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Protected: [Rant] Vent Video about MCU Fandom Racism

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The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead – The Lunatic Cafe

Content/Trigger Warning: References to sexual violence, sex work/er shaming, and well… a snuff film in the text that I describe in medium detail. I still can’t believe it was in the book. I cover the ableist language in the title … Continue reading

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Creche Duty: A Star Wars Fan Fiction

Before Before the Awakening, stormtrooper FN-2187 is assigned creche duty. The experience is… illuminating. Typically, FN-2187’s work assignments never take him through the creche. That section of the ship has their own sanitation workers and FN-2187 is not one of them. … Continue reading

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Intersectionality Fail: Star Wars The Last Jedi Without Men

I think at this point, we’ve all seen (and mocked) the misogynistic re-cut of The Last Jedi that cuts out all of the women. The re-cut film takes out all of the women in The Last Jedi in order to … Continue reading

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Library Haul 1/22

I had to pick up some books for my thesis and I wound up digging deep into my library’s film and literary criticism section despite the fact that I only needed ONE book from that section. Here are the books … Continue reading

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