March Open Thread

March 1, 2014 Open Thread 6

Happy first of the month!

Read a book with a marginalized character you want to recommend? Run across a terrible portrayal you want to warn others to avoid? Just want to rant about the general state of the genre?

Let ‘er rip in the comments. Nothing is off topic, but no promo, please.

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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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6 Responses to “March Open Thread”

  1. Ridley

    I bought more books, because of course I did, and They Say Love Is Blind looks both interesting and terrifying. A BWWM IR romance with an overweight heroine and a blind hero could go wrong in so, so many ways (especially with a cliched title like this) but if it’s good, that could be amazing.

    That I regard reading disability in books as “terrifying” should tell you a lot about how bad fiction mangles disability on a regular basis.

  2. Jinni

    I was a bit disappointed with the portrayal of the Asian hero in The Dom Project. Other than his mother screaming Mandarin into the phone, there was little to distinguish this hero from your run of the mill Caucasian guy.

  3. nu

    @Ridley: Justified. Feel the same apprehension picking up depictions of marginalized characters.

    So this is the correct place to post random links, I take it? Lol. Found an interesting blog by an editor about diversity: Publishing by Omission. Old but good. And I read an interesting complaint here about wanting to see the minority populations within minorities reflected too, e.g. Chinese-Malaysian, which I understand, but I wouldn’t recommend every single time because then it starts to look like you’re avoiding depicting the majority population in X country.

  4. Liz Mc2

    I recently read and enjoyed the second of Suleikha Snyder’s Bollywood series, and I’m looking forward to Bollywood and the Beast. One thing I like is that they’re set in India, so the characters are NOT marginalized or outsiders; at the same time, their culture impacts their identity and relationships in realistic and interesting ways. This one had an interracial romance with a British hero, and I enjoyed the jokes about colonization that were part of the couple’s sparring–they had an edge to them, showing that history was still alive for the heroine, especially. I also like the fact that her heroines are ambitious and don’t have to compromise career goals for love.

  5. Ridley

    @Liz Mc2:

    I’m looking forward to Bollywood and the Beast.

    Rameau liked that, but I’m wary of a book called “Bollywood and the Beast” with an angry, scarred, disabled hero. It sounds like it’d play into some disability cliches I hate.

    @nu: Any post with more than one link in it goes to moderation, where it sits until one of us approves it. So that’s why your comment didn’t appear right away.

  6. nu

    Oops, sorry about the double post! I hope the new book doesn’t disappoint! I’ll look forward to your review. :)