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 – 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
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 – The Authority: Human On The Inside
The Sandman: My Ultimate Problematic Fave
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
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
Comic Reviews @ Word of The Nerd
“Bond Girl” @ The Mary Sue
How It Feels To Be “Cute For A Black Girl”
Women Write About Comics
I Am Curious (Publishers): Lois Lane, Reprints, and Unintentional Ignorance