- SFF in Conversation: Beyond Violence – This conversation about “grimdark” fantasy seems to mirror trends we’re seeing in “extreme” romance.
So let’s call it gritty fantasy for now, because that’s a more reliable word. Gritty has almost become a sub-genre. Isn’t that weird, when you think about it? That readers, publishers and authors have started talking about violence (and other Bad Things) as a definable, marketable sub-genre? In fiction, here was a kind of unconscious creep. Readers and reviewers started to equate the level of grittiness – and by that, it was obvious we’re talking about the number of throats being cut – with their enjoyment of a book. They seemed to suggest that increasing violence had become a symbol of good writing in fantasy fiction, that any fantasy books that didn’t feature high kill-counts, shades of grey (i.e. murderers who kiss well) and high testosterone were old-fashioned or dull.
- New CW Show ‘Ze’ Will Add to Growing List of Transgender Actors – I hope they find a trans* or genderqueer actor for this, and I like the name a lot.
The CW recently announced that it is developing a TV show called Ze, the story of a transgender teen crossing over from girl to boy while dealing with an emotionally unstable family in an unreceptive, Texas town. The show will be the first of its kind to feature a transgender leading character.
The CW has not disclosed casting information, so whether the character will be played by an actual transgender remains unknown. Ze, which refers to the gender nonspecific pronoun (as opposed to he or she), is being developed by producer Michael London, whose previous work include dramas Sideways, The Visitor and Milk. He’s also producing the HBO show A Visit From The Goon Squad.
- Fork in the Road – While I disagree with her assertion that one, two and three-star reviews are antithetical to being a courteous colleague to her fellow authors, I still thought this was an interesting post about the evolution of reviewing and book discovery online.
I knew that some of the people I interacted with as an author would feel betrayed by my reviewer activity. I knew that some of the people I interacted with as a reviewer would feel betrayed by my author activity. Because I’d written a harsh review, because I might have ulterior motives when writing a review. So I knew I’d have to pick. I knew which I’d pick. But I hung about at the crossroads, putting it off for as long as possible.
- BISEXUAL WOMEN AND THE PROMISCUITY MYTH – Left to my own devices, I’d probably post an s.e. smith essay in every links post. They’re always good.
Bisexuality is a frequently invisibilised, in addition to marginalised, sexual orientation. Bisexual men are assumed to be ‘secretly gay,’ while bisexual women are erased depending on the gender of their partners; a bi woman married to a man is straight, suddenly, for example. Or, if she’s single or dating, she’s promiscuous, and using her bisexuality as a cover for her promiscuity (no, this logic doesn’t make sense to me either).
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.
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