Pictures From Poppa – A tumblr of pictures her grandfather took, starting when he shipped out to Germany in 1945 during WWII.
- Mind the Queue: Privilege, Diversity and Romance by Suleikha Snyder – Snyder’s response to the Brockmann article is spot on. While it’s great to see more white authors writing a wide variety of characters, if it results in the erasure of POC authors, it’s not progress.
I’m not saying that J.R. Ward shouldn’t have written Lover at Last or Suzanne Brockmann shouldn’t have created Jules Cassidy and Alyssa Locke. I own at least 13 Brockmann titles, and I firmly believe everybody should write everything. We need more of it all. That’s the glory of fiction. But these books don’t exist in a vacuum. Ward wasn’t first; Brockmann wasn’t unique. They were the cheerleaders standing atop a pyramid created by fellow authors and hungry readers. Their books hit because there is an audience out there that wants stories that reflect their experience.
- If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Come Sit By Me – She had me at the post title, but I was also relieved to find out someone else isn’t a fan of the Doors.
Critiques, snarky book reviews, live-tweets like the recent #NobodysBabyButMine hashtag — all these have, over the years, given me that same sweet release. Knowing that I am not alone in rejecting alphahole heroes and humiliated heroines, or in finding a lot of what goes on in paranormal romance super-creepy. (Fated mates? UGH UGH UGH.) And I have given as well as received: I recall in my pre-author days, writing a frustrated and intensely disappointed Goodreads review of one highly anticipated romance. Right up until I deleted that account, every few days would bring a notification that some other Goodreads user had liked that review. Some of them even commented, chiming in with relief: Oh, I hated this one too! I’m so glad you wrote this! I am not alone. I am not crazy. I just did not like this particular book.
- Ask Us Anything about writing diversity in YA (race, disability, sexual orientation) – Malinda Lo, Corinne Duyvis and K Tempest Bradford hosted an AMA on writing outside your own experience. Good variety of questions.
We are three authors here to answer your questions about writing diversity. By “diversity” we mean writing about characters who are of color (not white), disabled, and/or LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer).
Please post your questions about writing diversity! We’re all on very different time zones so responses will come in throughout the day.
- Translating for Bigots – I can’t remember how I found this, but how could I not click a link so provocatively named? I thought it was an interesting read in light of the common “that’s just the way it was” defense people invoke to defend historical romance’s narrow scope. People often mistake stereotype for fact.
“Translating Arab women characters is…extremely fraught. Why? Because if you’re a reader of modern Arabic literature, you know that what happens in modern Arabic literature. People date in modern Arabic literature; people have sex in modern Arabic literature; people drink and take drugs. And a lot of times, you will just translate what you find on the page, and you’ll find that reviewers find this peculiar.”
If a reviewer — who Talib sees as a proxy for the reader — finds an Arab woman not wrapped in ten layers of fabric, forced to marry her cross-eyed cousin, and pushed to the back seat of a car, then, “the reviewer says, ‘What an unrealistic depiction of Arab women.’”
“There is a hostility in the reader’s mind” to characters who don’t fit particular stereotypes, Talib said.