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Day Twelve: Genre

I’ve always loved Fantasy. The maps, particularly drew me in. I loved learning the geography of a new world, the customs of it’s people, how everything worked–it’s always fascinated me. Whether or not there’s magic in the world I’m reading about, the creation of an entirely new world has always been magical to me.

Reasons why everyone should read The Girl of Fire and Thorns:

  1. incredibly intelligent heroine
  2. poc heroine
  3. overweight heroine who struggles with weight but learns to love herself
  4. a heroine whose strength is in military, strategy, and war, to whom other men look for an opinion after she puts them in their place for initially dismissing her
  5. a young naive sheltered pampered princess who grows into being a kick ass rebel leader and queen
  6. did I mention kick ass heroine
  7. who don’t need to man (though they’re there)
  8. her faith in herself is most important
  9. a book in which religion is one of the main themes, but it isn’t pushed down your throat
  10. a fantasy book not based on western cultures

pro-tip: read the girl of fire and thorns by rae carson

- the main protag is a brown, overweight WOC that is not defined by any of those things

- there’s religion, spirituality, adventure, fantasy, and appreciation for coconut scones

- the romance is prime, but not center-stage

- there is a central, realistic depiction of eventual friendship and respect between two characters of the opposite sex

- elisa’s character arc is an honest-to-god tour de force that will make you weep with appreciation (lots of finding your own self-worth, not giving so much credit to ~fate~ and ~destiny~)

- pre-modern fantasy that’s not based around Western history

- it’s a completed series, which means you don’t even have to wait for more

- there’s a novella out with short stories about some of the sub-characters, giving them even more depth

- the ladies are diverse and well-written, all given individual agency (3 of them are literal queens of their own right, and each of them is well-respected for their varying types of strength and individuality)

it’s honestly the series everyone is looking for, but no one knows about

go read it