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Urban Fantasy 101

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What I aim for in this post series isn’t actually to name and shame authors for their reliance on tropes I find incredibly harmful (although I know it must look like that with how much I harp about Laurell K Hamilton’s stuff sometimes). My goal is to talk about how the fantasy of urban fantasy can remain inaccessible to many people – often people of color, queer people, and anyone that isn’t cis – and how that negatively impacts the reading experience.

I don’t want to rewrite the genre to my exacting specifications or police what authors write. I just want to make a space for conversations about problematic aspects of the genre, one where education and venting are the main focus.

Urban Fantasy 101: White Savior Stories (2019)

Urban Fantasy 101: Vamp Supremacy (Fall 2018)

Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism in Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy Series

Urban Fantasy 101: A Few of My Favorite Fang-Havers

Urban Fantasy 101: Vamping Out

Urban Fantasy 101: A Quick Guide to Shifter Romances

Urban Fantasy 101: Sexual Assault in the Genre – Part One

Urban Fantasy 101 – Weird Ass Werewolf Tropes

Urban Fantasy 101 – It’s A Heteronormative World Out There

Urban Fantasy 101 – Allegory Overuse (ft. Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series)

Urban Fantasy 101 – Werelions And Tigers And Bears! Oh My!

Urban Fantasy 101: Single White Vampire

Urban Fantasy 101 – Gentry-Fication

Urban Fantasy 101 – Issues of Immortal Morality

The Great Big Anita Blake Reread

The Great Big Anita Blake Reread – Guilty Pleasures

The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead – The Laughing Corpse

The Great Big Anita Blake Reread – Circus of the Damned

The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead – The Lunatic Cafe
The Great Big Anita Blake Reread: Bloody Bones

Radioplay Day

Radioplay Day – Blue Beetle – Episode 1 “Drug Ring”

Radioplay Day: The Shadow – “The Creeper”

Radioplay Day: The Shadow – The Curse of the Cat

Letters to the Author

Letter to the Author – Matt Wallace

Letters to the Author – Afton Locke

Letters to the Author – JK Rowling

Problematic Fave

Problematic Fave – The Authority: Human On The Inside

The Sandman: My Ultimate Problematic Fave

Batman Thrillkiller

What Fandom Racism Looks Like

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

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: (Not So) Sexy Slavefic (July 2018)

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: White Prioritization (August 2018)

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Only 33 Words in a Trailer

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: #NotAll Fans (November 2018)

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Beige Blank Slates (January  2019)

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Major Misogynoir (Fall Winter 2018)

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Patterns and Preference (Spring 2019)

Dear Comic Fans

Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you.

Dear Comic Fans: It’s been a year since my first post & y’all are still racist as heck when it comes to racebending

Dear Comic Fans, Guess What: You’re Still Not Handling Racebending and Diverse Casting Very Well!

Dear Comic Fans, It’s Been Four Years And Y’all Are Still So Darn Angry About Racebending (October 2018)

Fandom’s Race Problem (On-Hiatus Essay Series)

Fandom. you’ve got a huge race problem — An Introduction Post

The Techniques of Erasure

Fandom’s Huge Race Problem Essay #2: Co-Opted Experiences and Identities in Fandom

“Must Reads”

Wonder Woman Earth One Is Far From Wondrous

Crimson Peak’s pretty but it sure doesn’t look diverse!

Slash Shipping, Pseudo-Progressivism, and Reinforcing Patriarchal Standards in Fandom

Fantastic Beasts & Invisible Diversity in the Harry Potter Series

On Grayson, fandom, problematic media, and the drive to “defend” popular male characters

Black Ladies Deserve Love Too: Lupita Nyong’o, Concern Trolling, and White Feminism

Stitch on Fansplaining’s Two-Part Episode About Race and Fandom!

Grayson #20 and WOC as the “Wrong Choice” Love Interests

The Reality of Bendis Writing Blackness

Fear of Fucking Up: Not Actually A Good Excuse For Erasing Characters of Color

Let’s Stop Giving The Killing Joke More Credit Than It Deserves

Nyota Uhura: One More Black Female Character Fandom Wants To Be Strong and Single Forever

Quit Trying To Make” Forced Diversity” Happen (It’s Not A Thing)

Valkyrie isn’t ‘Male-Coded’ And You’re Kinda Racist

“What if a white guy played Black Panther?”: The Fake Concern of Fake Geek Guys

What It’s Like Being Fandom Critical While Black

“Who’s Super Selfish Here?”: Oliver and Felicity, WestAllen Wedding Crashers

A Quick Quibble: Supposedly “Straightwashing” Okoye in Black Panther

In Fandom, All Villains Aren’t Treated Equally

When White Villains Get Woobiefied: Kylo Ren Is Just A Monster In A Mask

Queer Coded Villains Aren’t That Awesome’

Sacrifice, Heroics, and Dead Characters of Color

Intersectionality Fail: Star Wars The Last Jedi Without Men

Who the heck is Ben Solo?

Stitch Talks Toxic Fandom

Where Are Y’all Getting Your Characterization From? Finn Isn’t A Coward, Or Selfish, And He Doesn’t Need A Damn Redemption Arc.

In Fandom, All Villains Aren’t Treated Equally

Stitch Elsewhere

Comic Reviews @ Word of The Nerd

“Bond Girl” @ The Mary Sue  (Bond Girl page on my site)

@ ComicsAlliance

How It Feels To Be “Cute For A Black Girl”

Women Write About Comics

Strange Horizons

Anathema Magazine

EFNIKS Magazine