anonymous asked:

Hi there! Thank you a lot for your work WWC Team! <3 I've got a question, thing is, I created an almost exact anti-stereotypical black woman (besides the submissive/aggressive trait, her relationship is fairly balanced). There is still more to her of course, besides these flat traits, but before I give her a name and keep her as an fixed presence in the story I wanted to inquire whether this anti-stereotypical thing was already a troper and mistake to make. Thank you very much for your patience.

Subverting Stereotypes: Black Female Characters:

I don’t think it’s a trope per se, but it can be. Hand-picking traits just to avoid stereotypes could actually make your character’s existence forced and contrived. Why not let her develop naturally? No need to construct her piece by piece like Frankenstein’s monster, assuring she’s perfectly anti-stereotypical in every facade.

You might write yourself in a box with her in this way; for what happens when she gets angry? Oops, there’s the Angry Black Woman stereotype so I suppose she can’t show that emotion, even if she has the right to feel the emotion and perhaps act on it.

I’d say let go a little. Let your character be herself, whatever self that may be. I think it’s good to be aware of the stereotypes and harmful portrayals that exist, and yes, to create portrayals that so often Black female characters are denied (allowed to be gentle, soft, loved…) Just make sure you’re still writing a dynamic character and not a caricature who just happens to be the opposite of what we typically get from the character.

Many stereotypes exist towards Black women so I can’t say which ones you’re subverting exactly, but even so, make sure each of your Black characters are varied and not all exact subverted clones. One may be outspoken with a snarky sense of humor; these traits don’t equal “sassy.” Another might be protective and really care for her family and friends (who love and care for her in return), it doesn’t equal “mammy.” Another might fight a potential romance because she’s been wounded in the past; it doesn’t mean she’s “strong, independent and don’t need no man.”

In any of those cases, make sure she’s more than that, especially since yes there’s a likewise trope that exists around those traits.

On that same note; it’s not your job to keep people from stereotyping them. You might not be able to help it if someone sees your Black girl who makes amusing comments as “Sassy.” If their limited imaginations don’t allow them to see Black women as more than the molds they’re comfortable with, that’s not your problem.

~Mod Colette

I don’t think there is a trope for making a character anti-stereotypical from what I’ve researched. Maybe an Anti-Sue? The trap is making the character too perfect. To swing to the opposite end of the pendulum is to say that in order to be a hero, a character of color must be perfect.

Although it isn’t a trope per se, you can run the risk of subverting one stereotype for another stereotype that could be equal damaging. I mean, if you are subverting the stereotype that Black women are loud and aggressive and you make her quiet and submissive, that is just playing into another stereotype, albeit not a common one. The complexity of your characters personality shouldn’t just be a list of stereotypes juxtaposed against other stereotypes. As Colette said, just let her develop naturally. So what if some of the things she does are stereotypical, it doesn’t mean she’s a stereotype. If that’s just her personality, then it’ll come through that she is doing some things because that’s her and not because she’s Black. 

As Mod Colette has already said, you can make your character so anti-stereotypical that you’ve sanitized some of what makes your character interesting and stripped her of her culture in some ways. As long as your character is well rounded, has strengths and weaknesses, and doesn’t come off like you are trying too hard (i.e. having the character be perfect), you shouldn’t have any problems. 

 ~Mod Najela

Is it normal to be stressed for fictionnal characters ? I guess so ...

I watched the last Jisbon sneak peek over and over, and I can’t help myself I just want to know what happenned before that scene ! Because, of course that was awesome to see them like this (Lisbon being so flirty, Jane apologizing, Lisbon being touched by his apology, … They were so cuuuute and lovable !) but I think something is wrong with Jane and it may be because of Pancake guy, I don’t know …

I mean, She tried to caught his attention 5 or 6  times before he decided to raise his head and look at her ? And I never saw that before, case or not case ! Or maybe I don’t remember …

I know that they are going to talk about it, and everything is going to be Okay at the end but I NEEEEEEEEEED TO KNOW !!

anonymous asked:

I've been trying more and more to consciously include more diverse people in my stories, and I noticed I'm always very, very afraid of including them as characters or into groups who are unambiguously evil, because I'm worried that even when I include others among the good guys they'll be used as examples for spreading harmful stereotypes about these people. I want to add more diverse (and not only racially) to my stories but is this is a valid concern or I'm worrying too much?

Villains and Racial Diversity Concerns

I think you are worrying too much, not to say that your worry isn’t valid or unfounded. It’s been talked about before, but I don’t think you have to worry if your characters are balanced. That is to say that it’s equally likely that a POC can be a good guy or a bad guy and the reasoning for that isn’t attributed to race or ethnicity. If the good and bad characters are well rounded, have some agency for their own choices, then you should be fine.Here’s the villains tag!

 ~Mod Najela 

anonymous asked:

Hey! I want to write a book with both a demisexual character and an asexual one on it, any tips? I still need to learn more about the sexualities, sooo... :)

Anagnori’s resources are the best for fiction writers. For more general information, I would recommend Asexuality Archive and Demisexuality.org. For individual experiences, check out my “am I asexual?” and “am I demisexual?” tags. Hopefully those help!