With the upcoming fourth season of A Game of Thrones about to hit TV screens, you will soon see ‘If you like reading GRR Martin, why not try these authors?’ displays going up in bookshops. I will give a book of mine, of their choice, to the first person who can send me a photo of such a display that isn’t entirely composed of male authors. Because I’ve yet to see one. I have challenged staff in bookshops about this, to be told ‘women don’t write epic fantasy’ Ahem, with 15 novels published, I beg to differ. And we read it too.
But that’s not what the onlooker sees in the media, in reviews, in the supposedly book-trade-professional articles in The Guardian which repeatedly discuss epic fantasy without ever once mentioning a female author. That onlooker who’s working in a bookshop and making key decisions about what’s for sale, sees a male readership for grimdark books about blokes in cloaks written by authors like Macho McHackenslay. So that’s what goes in display, often at discount, at the front of the store. So that’s what people see first and so that’s what sells most copies.
Juliet E. McKenna being brilliant (so what else is new) on the SFWA shoutback, public perceptions of the field, and equal access to offensiveness, sexism and idiocy. (via dduane)
I MEAN ALL OF THIS FOREVER. If you ever want to get me really riled up, lets talk about TWO MALES edited a SF/Fantasy collection called Dangerous Women, and how George RR Martin continually gets lauded for his “feminism” while other more revolutionary authors are ignored, and how books about young male heroines are shelved in adult fantasy, and how YA is considered “cheesy”, and how a lot of times urban fantasy starring women gets shelved in romance, and how anytime writers include diverse casts they get told it is gratuitous and YES YES ALL OF THIS. Give me all your NK Jemisons and fuck off forever with the same old shit.
What’s super fun is that my original story idea that I want to develop into a novel is fantasy-adventure based with a focus on female characters and oh good, I’m so glad to know THIS is the BS I’ll get to deal with when getting into the industry.
From Justice League “A Better World.” The team rescues Hawkgirl from the alternate dimension’s Arkham Asylum and goes back through the portal to their own world, where the Justice Lords are wrecking shit. In the last image we see Justice Lords’ Martian Manhunter coming down to talk to Hawkgirl and Superman.
Black Widow gave out eight coins to people whom she had hurt when she was a KGB spy. Avengers Assemble #12-13 covers Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye paying back one of the coins’ debts. Then #13 ends revealing that Clint has one of the coins too!
To whom is Clint writing that letter? In Hawkeye #9 (first image, by artist David Aja) it seems like it’s to Jess Drew, but in Hawkeye #12 (second two images, by Francisco Francavilla) it’s pretty intentionally framed to make it seem like Clint’s letter is to Kate Bishop. But then in issue #13 (last image, art by David Aja again) we can see the actual letter is addressed to Jess. So is Hawkeye #12 a red herring on the Clint/Kate thing, or no?
Title images and the front hall of Gone Home.
Images from Gone Home, a wonderful indie game by the Fulbright Company.