“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”
– Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)
STORY IDEA: YOUR DOOR BELL RINGS AND ITS A PERSON FROM AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE “I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER AND I KNOW HOW IT ENDS AND I WANNA CHANGE IT”
WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO ME
just something i made to go along with that science one that everyone uses
I spend a lot of time thinking about how the promise of modern Christianity is the same exact promise that modern romance sells:
That they’re been there all along waiting for you, their love is powerful, you are special to them, they will change you for the better, they will save you.
idk I’m Jewish/atheist and I don’t really do relationships so maybe I’m talking nonsense, but had anyone else thought about this?
I mean, besides Christian rock, which depends on the fact that their songs sound like love songs, and Christian romance novels. Thoughts?
a movie where a grizzled ex-marine is brutally murdered by a gang and his pregnant wife and young daughter go on a revenge spree to avenge his death
1. Don’t think that being published will make you happy. It will for four weeks, if you are lucky. Then it’s the same old fucking shit.
2. Hemingway was fucking wrong. You shouldn’t write drunk. (See my third novel for details.)
3. Hemingway was also right. ‘The first draft of everything is shit.’
4. Never ask a publisher or agent what they are looking for. The best ones, if they are honest, don’t have a fucking clue, because the best books are the ones that seemingly come from nowhere.
5. In five years time the semi-colon is going to be nothing more than a fucking wink.
6. In five years time every fucking person on Twitter will be a writer.
7. Ignore the fucking snobs. Write that space zombie sex opera. Just give it some fucking soul.
8. If it’s not worth fucking reading, it’s not worth fucking writing. If it doesn’t make people laugh or cry or blow their fucking minds then why bother?
9. Don’t be the next Stephen King or the next Zadie Smith or the next Neil Gaiman or the next Jonathan Safran fucking Foer. Be the next fucking you.
10. Stories are fucking easy. PLOT OF EVERY BOOK EVER: Someone is looking for something. COMMERCIAL VERSION: They find it. LITERARY VERSION: They don’t find it. (That’s fucking it.)
11. No-one knows anything. Especially fucking me. Except:
12. Don’t kill off the fucking dog.
13. Oh, yeah, and lastly: write whatever you fucking want.”
– Matt Haig, “Some Fucking Writing Tips” (via alcantrez)
Original illustration by Tom Gauld
“It is in its concern with paranoia, with barbarism and with taboo that the vital effort of Gothic fiction resides; these are the aspects of the terrifying to which Gothic constantly, and hauntedly, returns.”
– David Punter (via fyeahgothicromance)
“Like the gardener Ben in The Secret Garden, Hagrid has some past secrets, he simultaneously invites and forbids the children knowledge, and he, too, serves dead or absent mothers, taking in all sorts of motherless creatures … Hagrid ‘delivers’ and weeps over infant Harry in Book 1, crossing gender lines with his maternity on a motorcycle … Hagrid crosses boundaries and worlds, from Knockturn Alley to Dumbledore’s inner sanctum … A surprising earth mother with a wand hidden in his pink umbrella, Hagrid is a vehicle of negotiation for Harry.”
– The myth of Persephone in girls’ fantasy literature, by Holly Blackford (via aliform)
WOW I’M REALLY FUCKING HAPPY RIGHT NOW