Non-Fiction MasterPost


Urban Fantasy 101

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: 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

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: Major Misogynoir (Fall 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

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

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)

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

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

Intersectionality Fail: Star Wars The Last Jedi Without Men

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