SYWTWAF: Signs You’re Writing the Wrong Kind of Fantasy
- You have decided to write about a plucky White Woman in the 1960’s American deep south. Said White Woman saves the day, and helps the poor Black People. And said Black People are decorative secondary characters meant to show how awesome and great and neat the plucky White Woman is! This is actually a gross oversimplification of someone’s real life and they get no proceeds or profits from your fantasy novel!
"So instead of incorporating a real Black woman’s voice in a novel purported to being about Black domestics, the Skeeter/Stockett character is comfortingly centralized, and I can see why white women relate to her. She is depicted as a budding feminist, who is enlightened and brave. But in reality, she uses the stories of the Black domestics in the name of “sisterhood” to launch her own career, and then leaves them behind. In my experience, the Skeeters of the world grow up to be Gloria Steinem."