"Stay Away From My Elves": Racism in Epic Fantasy Fandoms-Damned if you Do, Damned if You Don’t.
Like I said before, I think adding poc into things JUST for the purpose of inclusion is just as bad. But I don’t think adding them in to a fantasy story that has been around for decades with a very strong and dedicated following is the right way to do it. This isn’t about racism, this is about fucking with my fandom.
Stay away from my elves.
I’m all for being happy that a black person wrote a fantasy book with black protagonists, just as themselves, largely (though not entirely) away from any color related power struggles, letting them exist on their own merit and showing the obvious fact that fantasy characters don’t all have to be pale.
It would be nice if the responses weren’t “FUCK YEAR! FINALLY A BOOK FOR US! TAKE THAT YOU HORRIBLE, BORING WHITEYS”.
However I do fail to see how ‘race isn’t a conflict’ as someone (I think) mentioned above, when it’s really just about black supremacy, not white supremacy. BUT HEY DON’T MIND ME. I prefer not to read fantasy with an agenda, even if it’s in my favor.
I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely. I do not withhold judgment based on skin color.
You know, I kinda have a problem with this, as well. I’m white, but one thing I’ve made a major point in my life is to never see skin color. If you had told me this book was part of a wonderful fantasy series that would have been fine. If you had told me the protagonists were people of color and the antagonists where white: still fine. But you had to drive home the thought that it’s so superior just for those reasons, and that’s unsettling.
I mean seriously, you SJS Skidmarks whine and bitch about how authors don’t include enough “non-white” characters in their books. Then when an author DOES do so, you whine and bitch because they aren’t the star or the main character. And when an author makes one a pretty important character you complain about THAT.
Seriously, kindly write “racist” on a club and beat yourself to death with it. It’s what you want, anyways, but no one would likely care enough to humor you. You can make the club any color you want, though I think we can all guess what color it’d be. Funny thing is, regardless of that? It’d still be stupid and incredibly ironic.
“Naturally Thresh would be a black man,” tweeted someone who called herself @lovelyplease.
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue,” wrote @JohnnyKnoxIV.
“Why is Rue a little black girl?” @FrankeeFresh demanded to know. (she appended her tweet with the hashtag admonishment #sticktothebookDUDE.)
“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,”@sw4q
“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote @JashperParas
But wait! Let’s not forget the Fan-made movie that was uploaded and waddled its way around the internet well before the ACTUAL film came out, which has OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS AND FEATURES A BLONDE, WHITE RUE, AS WELL AS DOZENS OF COMMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH “BETTER” IT IS THAN THE ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
According to the filmmaker:
I know that Rue is described as being dark skinned in the book, but I wanted to show Savanna’s acting. I think she would make a good Prim though.
Everytime I watch this, I always think it was so much better than the movie. This vid is just epic. It captures the whole feeling of the book. It’s realistic, and for that reason it’s completely awesome.
it’s just really tough some days, the times when I venture outside my diverse little WOC stanning bubble and get that sharp, bitter reminder of what fandom is actually like at large
that I’m a “niche” interloper at best
when I was talking the other day about why I create things, and I said that I would go even crazier than I already am if I didn’t, this is part of what I was talking about
I have always had to use my imagination to see myself because I’ve never been there
and it’s crazymaking sometimes, it really is
(and I won’t even get into having a Latina Hawke. DA is a lost fucking cause)
I keep telling myself that the ridiculously low ratio of kudos/comments to hits I get on AO3 is just normal, or just because I’m not that good of a writer, or, or…
but I wonder how many people hit the back button once they see this isn’t yet another story about alabaster skinned Jane-chan, once they see somebody call her “Imani” and see that the famed and fetishized red hair is on a brown body and they can no longer pretend she’s white
white fangirls are never forced to “look past” anything the way I am
if I didn’t save art with white Shepards, I would literally have almost no art in my folder. if I didn’t read fic with white Shepards I would have almost nothing to read outside my own work and that of my closest friends.
when people talk about not liking “custom” PCs, I wonder if they really think through the implications of that statement (from arguments I’ve gotten into on here: a resounding “No”)
and the thing is, I can’t compare this feeling to anything else. this isn’t anything like the pouty sadness I feel because I ship a rare m/m pairing. after all, I can still get my Garrus and Thane fix with their respective ships with Shepard, since I OT3 them. would it be nice to see them together more often? sure.
but when I see Sheps being sexy with their LIs, being desired by their LIs, and it’s nothing but white girls
when I see more m/m smut art of Thane with white as balls Sheploo than I do with a WoC Shep
when I see cute fluffy domestic art with Shep having cute alien babies or hanging out with the crew or wounded Shep being cared for and 9 times out of 10 it’s a white girl
it is so demoralizing. I feel like I don’t even belong anywhere. I feel like my Shepard is dumb and counterfeit and garbage. it’s probably childish as fuck, but it’s the honest truth.
this is why I want to learn to draw. it’s a very selfish desire to feel included in a universe I love, a lot. because I don’t need people to look exactly like my Shepard. I get excited as fuck seeing Black Sheps, period. I get excited the few times I see Latina or Asian Sheps. if I could I would draw all of them and they would all be beautiful and tough and getting all the alien junk they ever wanted.
I write a lot of meta, and have a lot of ideas, and I try my best to write fic when I can even though I’m not terribly good at it. but it feels so lonely sometimes. idk.
In Which Korra Fails to Grow as a Person or Learn Anything of Substance
Happy Korra Criticism Day! Let’s get the party started, shall we?
Korra was a particularly disappointing character for me because she has so much potential. She had glaring flaws at the start, but I was cool with this because hey, we’d get to see these flaws addressed and watch her grow and it would be a lot of great character development, right? Except none of that happens. Korra doesn’t learn a damn thing in the entire season, and considering this was originally going to be the whole series, that’s especially troubling since Bryke were apparently okay with telling a story that involved no real development for the protagonist.
Let’s look at this step by step. Korra is constantly rushing into things and ‘trusting her gut.’ The problem is that trusting her gut never works out. Ever. At all. The logical step would be to have her learn to be more patient and think things through. Doesn’t happen. She’s still stupidly jumping into shit in the finale, and worse, the people around her mindlessly go along with her bullshit. Iroh tells her his grandfather would respect the Avatar’s decision, which we all know is bullshit because Zuko never had a problem telling Aang when he was being stupid. It doesn’t make sense for all these other people, some of which have heaps more experience with this stuff than her, to let her go along with what is obviously a stupid and half baked plan, but this just that Bryke see no need to have her learn a lesson from this. And of course, trusting her gut ends in disaster yet again, and the season ends without Korra figuring out that her gut is as dumb as a sack of hammers.
Does Korra learn to be more in touch with her spiritual side? Not really, nope. She meditates for all of five minutes when she gets captured because the plot requires it, but that’s it. She is no more spiritual at the end than she is at the start.
Does Korra learn to deal with the issue of her own privilege and the fact that she participates in the oppression of nonbenders? Again, Tarrlok calls her out on it once and then it’s never mentioned again. Oh, she helps free the group that was round up, but these all are isolated incidents. There is no sense that she’s learned or been impacted by these things in anyway. Honestly, they may as well have never happened. The same is true for her learning that she can’t always get what she wants and to be less selfish; she ‘gives up’ Mako for three seconds and then that’s it, totally undone by the next episode. Any lesson she learns is temporary and quickly undermined in the following episodes.
Flaws are a good thing for believable characters, but making a character totally stagnant and then congratulating her at the end as though she’s come so far…that’s just bad writing.
"Women read comics. Anyone at all engaged in social media knows this. Women read comics and are a driving force behind fandom. I think I could call them the driving force behind fandom and put up a convincing argument. Just think about it: what fandoms have driven America crazy in the last decade? Could anyone dissuade me from saying that they were Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games? “Avatar” may have put butts in theater seats, but you don’t hear about it… ever. No one is immersed in the world of “Avatar” except James Cameron and people who enjoy wearing Na’vi Zentai suits. “The Avengers” was pretty darn huge and, if Tumblr is any indication, a whopping portion of the people driving that fandom online do not possess a Y chromosome. Women engage in fandom to levels that men do not. When women get behind something, their sheer numbers and passion force it into the mainstream. That’s why you can name the actor who plays that werewolf kid in “Twilight” and probably sing at least the chorus to one Justin Bieber song. What do tween boys like? I have no clue. Sports? Probably sports."
Sorry for not exercising my queue more, but y’all are posting some awesome stuff right now and I need it.
It’s true, most online fandoms are dominated, driven, crafted and directed by women and have been for as long as I’ve been participated online. Women rock.
Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.
Fandom is people you don’t tell your mother you’re meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.
Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.
Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky’s law and Godwin’s law and Murphy’s law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you’ve ever had them.
Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn’t care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you’re really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.
Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn’t create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn’t create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.
Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.
Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.
Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.
Fandom is where you found yourself."
If you think this applies to you, please just unfollow me now because you’re embarrassing. This is just in support of obsession taking over your life, it’s not healthy and if you think this is a good quote then wow pathetic.
A couple only have eyes for each other at a Beatles concert in Wigan, 13 October 1964.
The girls in the back are totally adorable but I’m kind of distracted by the girl in the front.
so neil cicierega is still pretty great
N-Neil… I love you……..
how are bronies this fucking stupid
ah neil’s comment are so good
(Source: , via jhenne-bean)
Whenever Tumblr goes down, Snowflake just can’t deal.
Shippers. Cloppers. Grimdarks. Or those who just watch the show for the sake of innocent enjoyment. Does it matter?
“I love how there’s no elitism amongst the Fallout fanbase - Fallout 1, 3, 2, BoS, New vegas, it doesn’t matter where you got on we’re just happy you’re here.”
Except all the 3D Fallouts just don’t have more than 1 or 2 superficial details in connection to Fallout or Fallout 2…