• sjm: doesn't kill anyone in the inner circle
  • sjm: gives us exponentially more bi characters than we have ever had in her books. clearly listened to what the fandom wanted, and made one of the main characters bi.
  • sjm: starts using other words for skin color aside from tan
  • sjm: one of the main characters in biracial
  • sjm: explores other courts and fills them with poc
  • sjm: does world building and addresses specific questions the fandom had
  • sjm: writes enough of elucien and nessian to give us fic ideas and ensure that those ships stay interesting
  • sjm: doesn't force either traumatized archeron sister into a relationship with an over eager mate
  • sjm: makes sure this book is still feyre's book
  • sjm: also consciously sets up plot lines to be explores in the spin offs and introduces unresolved conflict to ensure that the series has somewhere to go
  • sjm: gives us heart pounding battle scenes
  • sjm: gives us smut like we clearly wanted
  • sjm: tells us about amren's backstory and makes it count in the end
  • sjm: introduces a ton of new characters, most of whom are wonderful
  • sjm: writes lovely conclusion to feysand's arc that had me weeping
  • y'all: this was the most trash book i've ever read, it was horrible, she didn't do anything i wanted, there wasn't enough of MY ship, she's a terrible writer, wtf.

Title: Dress Codes for Small Towns

Author: Courtney C. Stevens

The Story: 17-year-old tomboy Billie McCaffrey knows that she’s not the kind of girl who’ll ever win the prestigious Corn Dolly, presented once a year to the worthiest woman in her Kentucky town at the harvest festival. She’s fine with that – she has her best friends - the Hexagon - and their schemes and adventures, and she has her art. When the harvest festival is threatened, Billie and her friends set out to save it, and as their plan takes shape, the dynamics within the group shift and change, and Billie asks big questions about her relationships with herself, her friends, her family and her community.

The Characters: I absolutely adored Billie! I loved how much time the story spent on her art, and her faith, and I loved how much she loved her town in spite of it not always loving her back. I liked her quietly supportive relationship with her mother, and her fraught relationship with her father was sometimes hard to read, but incredibly compelling. I loved the whole Hexagon, but especially sweet, thoughtful Davey, charming Woods and cautious, determined Janie Lee.

The Representation: Mash is biracial (Black and white). Thomas is Black. Billie (and several other characters) are observant Christians. Billie dresses in a masculine style and is figuring out her gender identity and sexuality, as are other characters. A side character is demisexual and attracted to people of many genders.

Why I Loved It: This is such a wonderful, big-hearted book. I loved its portrayal of an intense and loving group friendship, and how frank Billie is about being platonically in love with the entire Hexagon in different ways. I loved the sense of a shared history between them all. I loved seeing characters grapple with questions about their sexuality, and come to a greater understanding of themselves without necessarily having all the answers yet, and I loved how being part of a small community in Kentucky complicated that, but not always necessarily in expected ways. I also loved that the book touched on cosplay and geek culture!

Dress Codes for Small Towns is out August 29th 2017, from HarperTeen.


Books read in 2017:  Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I just sort of want to say something before we continue. You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say – We don’t. That’s all.

anonymous asked:

Naf posted their biracial OCs! Can you do a list too~?

Anonymous said to mothsbymoonlight:Who are your biracial/mixed race characters?

I’m only gonna do active/online babies for right now but here we go~ From left to right! (If I don’t list parents it’s because I haven’t really thought about it, but the point should still get across alright!) 

  • Astrea (Ocean of Cycles) - black/white. White mom/black dad
  • Darga  (Ocean of Cycles) - afro-italian, Italian mom/black dad
  • Emion (Ocean of Cycles) - native/slavic/turkish, mixed turkish/slavic mother, mixed slavic/native father
  • Rilu (Solaris) - afro-polynesian; black and hawaiian
  • Leslie (Cheers!) - japanese/hawaiian 
  • Quinn (Unlucky) - black/japanese
  • Phoebe (Fruit Parfait) - russian/korean
  • Lilianna (Citron Bonbon) - afro-latina
  • Sara (Sam&Sara) - south asian/white - british bengali dad, british irish mom
  • Jessica (Picture This) - afro-latinx, black-mexican mom, Colombian dad
  • Eden (magicalgirlverse) - ashkenazi jewish/japanese
  • Candace (Starless) - latinx/white/chinese; super mixed family
  • Sage (Shards of Moon) - white/east asian, irish/japanese
  • Sorrel (Shards of Moon) - afro-romani

And as always, if I find/flesh out more, I’ll add them!

anonymous asked:

Hey, not trying to pick a fight at all, but I didn't realise there was whitewashing in carry on? I'm really confused?

One of the main characters, Baz, is biracial. Baz’s mother is Egyptian and she’s described as having dark olive skin. Baz, like his mother, is described as having dark skin as a baby, “a reddish gold” is the word he uses. However, after Baz gets turned into a vampire his skin is described as white/pale/gray explicitly, seven times. At one point a POV character describes Baz as “as pale as snow” even. All of the official cover art likewise depicts him as white. That’s not all though, another character, who’s biracial herself, says “Baz is the whitest person i know”, despite the fact that she and Simon literally just talked about the fact that Baz’s mother is a WOC. Simon then says Baz’s only white because he’s a vampire. Baz is not white, and using vampirism to whitewash him is just distasteful. The author sounds like she expects brownie points for diversity while still keeping the main character white, which is a cop-out i’m not here for.

People on tumblr photoshopping artwork and pages of canon biracial characters to give them darker skin or more overtly stereotypical racial characteristics are the most embarrassing fumble to witness. Like, light skinned & white passing people exist too. They have stories and struggles unique to their experiences and a place at the table, and don’t need well-intentioned chuckleheads spraytanning them to have their identity validated.

anonymous asked:

Writer to writer, how do you go about creating characters who extend beyond your sphere of personal knowledge. I don't want to be one of those cishet white writers who only write cishet white characters, but equally as terrifying is misrepresenting whatever group I want to give representation to. Its a really big dilema for me because I have not been exposed to a whole lot in my life yet, so my go to point of reference for creating realistic human characters is myself. Please, any tips?

My main character is biracial, so I get ya. I am not Japanese, so I’ve done my best not to misrepresent Japanese people. As far as tips, this sphere of race/gender/sexuality/ability/etc, while scary on the outside, is much the same as any writing. And this is the part where I make a list. Because, well… lists.

1.     Find an understanding through research. This type of research is so important because you need to understand the culture of the group as well as what’s okay vs not okay. After all, your character would probably know all of this and it’s your job to represent your character as accurately as possible. For example, if your character is LGBTQ, you could start a polite dialogue with some out, open, and willing to talk LGBTQ folks. Ask them if they’d be okay with answering a few questions about your characters/concepts/etc. Many people (including my queer self) would be delighted that you would even care and be more than happy to help you. Just keep in mind that it’s best to get multiple perspectives on any topic because no one person is the Voice of Their People™. If you feel awkward about real life talk, internet talk works too. If you feel awkward about that, there’s plenty of resources just a Google search away—it’s just like any other part of the process.

2.     Make them human before anything else. Just because a character is, for example, a person of color, their entire identity doesn’t revolve around their skin color. Basing their personality off of one aspect of their life is a great way to make very stereotypical and offensive character. Obviously, people are more than just a single identity. Understand that there are many different people in the world and that just because some people are of the same race/gender/sexuality/ability does not mean they will all have the same experiences/personality/culture/etc. We’re all human first, so treat your character like a human. Also know that the problem isn’t only in who your character is, it’s in how you present them through their POV.

3.     Don’t preach what you don’t know. If you are not in the same demographic as your character, it’s best to avoid making the book’s main conflict about their experience with oppression within their demographic. Example: I am a cis woman, so writing a novel about a trans woman coming to term with her gender identity is a hugely inappropriate. It’s so deeply intimate and not only would I have no fucking idea what I was talking about, but I’d be silencing the voices of those who are already oppressed. It’s great being an ally and all, but taking their stories and their struggles without having more than a skin deep understanding is not okay. Instead, use your privilege to lift up those identifying writers/stories and support the ever-loving shit out of them.

4.     Enlist beta readers. If you’re worried that people could take something the wrong way or that your character isn’t coming across right, enlist beta readers within that demographic that might be able to shed more light on it. Ask things like: “So this character has depression, did I present it right?” This DOES NOT mean to recruit allies and hang on to their every word. Allies are great, but they can be like over excited dogs. They just want to help you do the thing, but in the process, they can fucking break EVERYTHING. Listen to them of course, but know that they have no better judgement than you—their voices are not the ones you should be following through on. Granted, it can be hard finding multiple identifying people who are willing to beta a whole book, so if you have non-identifying people saying a certain aspect of your book is ignorant/disrespectful/etc, listen to them and check in with someone who is open and willing to talk. (See #1.)

5.     Listen to the voices within the community. It’s that easy and it’s the most important one. Don’t magically cure disabilities. Say that your bisexual character is b i s e x u a l. Listen to what people within these groups have been saying forever.

All this being said, sometimes certain specific things can just plain not fit with your book’s plot/theme/characters/whatever. A lot of the time (especially in think pieces), being politically incorrect is used as a tool to shed light on the problems in the world around us, but know that some people might only see it as problematic. What you decide to do is ultimately your judgment call and you can only act with the best intentions. Hope this helped!

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anonymous asked:

Biracial lance is beautiful and would make sense as to why he feels misplaced around everyone else.

Also, why he tries so hard to fit into a group. I’m the anon who said he felt misplaced

Biracial Lance explains so much about him, and honestly, we need more biracial characters in television/The media/everywhere. Because they really do get less coverage than people of color who are full blooded people of color. We also need too stop the misconception that biracial people are purely a race and then white. Like Lance?? I honestly think it would be hella cool if Lance was Cuban and Asian. Yeah… That went a little lot. But, still. I agree with everything you said.

anonymous asked:

Is there anyway you could do one of those character ID atlas posts with all of your biracial characters (or at least the main ones)?

  • (left to right)
  • Samantha (Sam&Sara): white/east asian, German dad, Japanese mom
  • Morgan (Romaine Hearts): black/white, mixed White dad, Jamaican mom 
  • Renee (SalaDays): white/east asian, Japanese dad, British mom
  • Symphony (White|Outlines): black/white, both parents are also biracial, of mixed Italian and Somali heritage
  • (left to right)
  • Marduk (Solaris): black/east asian, Ethiopian and Japanese mix
  • Constance (Ocean of Cycles): black/white, mixed Black dad, Irish mom
  • Elliel (Ocean of Cycles): central/south asian, mixed Kazakh and Indian. Mainly Kazakh but has Indian blood somewhere in her ancestry

I am so god damn tired of people complaining about Cassandra Clare. She has such wide representation and is always, always willing to talk about it. She answers asks, she listens to her fans, she cares. Like, she wrote one of the first m/m couples in a YA fantasy series. She fought hard to keep them in it. She then proceeded to give that m/m couple a long relationships, with realistic ups and downs. She is writing a book about them, rather than a f/m couple who she was offered more money to write about. She has also given us 3 bi characters, a f/f couple who is married, another m/m couple, an autistic character who is so adorable and cool and who is going to be one half of an m/m couple (i think), a bi half fae who we see with men and women (you know like a real bisexual), many PoC characters, including a black woman who goes on to be the literal leader of the pack, a bi asian man/warlock who she is writing a 3 book series about with the help of an asian author, a biracial chinese/english character who has a chronic illness, and more than one latinx character. She has also shown us a legitimate poly relationship, she has proven time and again that she cares for the LGBT community, and that she wants to give kids stories they can see themselves in. 

Cassandra Clare could literally shit on me and I would still avidly read her books. She gave my ever-confused bi-self Magnus Bane. I will always go hard for cassie. 

anonymous asked:

Hello! This blog is amazing. I'm writing a sci-fi with a race-, ethnicity-, religion-, and gender-diverse cast, and two of the main characters are queer biracial women (one bisexual Malaysian/African-American and one asexual Japanese/Brazilian-American). Would if be possible for you to post a list of resources talking about how different "mixes" result in different experiences and prejudices, and/or the intersectionality of being biracial and queer? Thank you for your time!

Hello and wow and thanks! First I’ll say go you thats really great for wanting to write characters that aren’t all white and all straight. We need more diversity in sci-fi. I myself am a writer and almost never write white protagonists because as a multiracial poc, queer minority, I too appreciate diverse characters.

Those are some really specific types of characters you listed. And I’d like to assume you are somehow connected to those identities and not fetishizing or reaching for some stereotypical understanding of identities you have no knowledge about. So If you are writing as a queer person of color who is multiracial yourself, or a person of color, draw from your own experiences and your surroundings. Its hard to speak from experiences that aren’t yours and I personally write drawing from my own, my friends, partners, or people I knows experiences because those are ppl close to me who have trusted me with sharing certain things. But I understand that avoiding stereotypes is important and speaking about characters like they have some broad singular experience is not ok. So maybe one of those character is a bit of you or someone you know. 

But if you are in fact neither queer, nor mixed, nor a person of color and asking in a creepy, fetishy, “mysterious other” type of way I would recommend you either stick to writing what you know, find other ways to incorporate multiethnic characters into your writing, or research hardcore. Otherwise it seems like you’re looking to stereotype characters and provide broad problematic overviews in place of accurate, unique, diverse experiences. And we have enough of that already. You can thank Disney and most media that’s failed to properly portray non white characters. 

 I think it’s important, but should be done in ways that are as least problematic and offensive as possible. All I can say is people are people and no two experiences are the same. Even if you’re looking at two malaysian/black bisexual women from the same town. I can tell you, I’m very close to two families whose biracial kids are the same mix of ethnicities, same ages and live less than a mile away from one another and their experiences and struggles are completely different. experiences. We don’t have a checklist of struggles and life challenges that certain types of mixed people face over others. 
That is comparable to asking for a list of experiences that heterosexual, White americans have. Literally impossible to list.

 Write your characters as people and draw from experiences you are aware of, or have carefully and respectfully researched, learned about, or gone through. 

The only list of resources I can provide you with are these links: 


[cracks knuckles] aight pal lemme tell you A Thing™. The biracial Danny headcanon came from my fic Paranormal Activity VII, henceforth referred to as PAVII, for convenience. I thought to myself, “Self? How can I make this fic more diverse?”

And then it hit me. Make a character biracial (because I don’t see enough biracial characters in fanfiction, and I wanted someone like me). Danny’s Korean heritage comes from Jack, in this headcanon. ok now sTAY WITH ME HERE I CAN EXPLAIN!!

I was once told that Korean men were actually pretty tall on average, being about 5′11 (a full three inches taller than the average American man!!!) Jack, as we all know, is a fucking giant. I had already been considering making one of Danny’s parents Korean, but before I heard that Jack’s height had been a huge roadblock to me. However, not many people have naturally black hair without being Asian. Both Danny and Jack have naturally black hair. I know it’s natural because black hair is recessive. If Maddie’s hair is naturally red, she has two red alleles, since red hair is also recessive. I know her hair color is natural because of her sister, Alicia, who also has red hair. Therefore, if Maddie’s hair is naturally red, then both Jazz and Danny have a chance of getting either red or black hair. I know Danny’s hair is naturally and genetically black thanks to the theme song: 

“There was a great big flash, everything just changed; his molecules got all rearranged!”

If his molecules got rearranged, that means his cells, DNA, and genetic code were all altered when he got zapped. Therefore, in order to go with the whole “inverse colors” thing, his hair had to be naturally black. In order to be naturally black, the only parent with black hair had to pass on both black alleles. I reiterate: I have never in my life seen a white person with naturally black hair.

I chose to make Jack Korean because I’m a quarter Korean. It’s a lot easier for me to accurately write him, since I know the culture and can get information firsthand from my grandmother, rather than internet searches that may or may not be accurate.

I got off topic a bit and I apologize (genetics are really cool!!!), but yeah. I headcanon Danny as half Korean, half white, and he gets the Korean half from his dad.



I’ve seen some of these going around, but most don’t really specify which ones are mostly centered around sexuality and/or which genre it is. Since most mention the character’s sexuality, I’ll be putting a scale of Low - Medium - High when it comes to how relevant the topic of sexuality/gender is to the book (not counting romance, but rather the ‘angst’ or something around it), plus the main genre. 

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Black women don't often find themselves in the studio system. With 'Everything, Everything,' director Stella Meghie has

Article by Tre'vell Anderson via Los Angeles Times

“There’s a conversation that’s happening right now that is helpful,” said Meghie. “But things are [only] going to change when projects like [‘Everything, Everything’] are made and they hire more women and minorities to direct and write. Otherwise, it’ll be up to us, like I did with ‘Jean,’ to do it for ourselves.”

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An adaptation of the bestselling YA novel by Nicola Yoon, “Everything, Everything” stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue of “The Hunger Games”) as a teen with a medical condition that requires her to stay inside her germ-free, super-antibacterial home. But when a cute boy, played by “Jurassic World’s” Nick Robinson, moves in next door, she’s willing to risk her life just to swim in the ocean. Anika Noni Rose and Ana de la Reguera also star.

After meeting with Yoon, the two made a play for Stenberg, who they felt would best capture the essence of the book’s biracial main character. Yoon, who is black and married to a Korean American, wrote a character in which her daughter, who is mixed, could see herself reflected. Featuring, but not about, a biracial couple, and with four black women — Yoon, Meghie, Stenberg and Rose — at its core, “Everything, Everything” is an outlier in more ways than one. Its singularity, however, positions the picture at once as progressive and sobering.

It certainly isn’t the sort of movie Hollywood typically produces.

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raccooninthegirlslockerroom  asked:

Unfortunately, Bill (the biracial lesbian character) wont be on the show when moffat is off, the new director fired her. Im really disappointed she will only be in one season and its still moffat's season. Ill probably watch a couple episodes just for her, but idk if ill be able to power through all of the season because of moffat. Ugh.

Oh what the hell?!  Is that true? But why?

Character: Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-man 2099

From: Spider-man 2099

Representation: Racial, Abuse survivor

Their Importance: He was the first ever biracial character to take the role of spider-man, being Mexican/Irish. This character was created in the mid 90’s and has made a resurgence in comics in 2013. He currently has an ongoing comic right now. He is also a good example of how childhood abuse can affect someone into adulthood.

Issues: Miguel is a survivor of childhood physical and emotional abuse from his father and has shown signs of the after effects of that abuse, sometimes being very emotionally closed off from others and suppressing his own emotions. Even as an adult, his mother is emotionally abusive at times, showing strong favoritism towards his younger brother. Miguel is the child that his mom had during an affair that she regrets and his biological father isn’t much better. While Miguel’s comic doesn’t tend to dive into racism towards Hispanics often, there are times when his biological father/boss purposely calls Miguel “Michael” because he thinks it sounds better than his actual Spanish name.

Thanks to @hayley566 for the write up! 

anonymous asked:

don't cancel tom yet! it looks like he's just being considered for the role! hopefully guy ritchie hears about the backlash (hopefully there is a backlash, outside of tumblr) and changes his mind. after all, it's TOM HARDY. it's not he can't put the man in another movie.

i dunno anon i feel like he was already cancelled after making taboo 

wasn’t he supposed to be playing a dude who’s like… half black and is in love with his own damn sister??? sdkfjhkjgh 

im not gonna rag on spirit riding free. 

its a cheesy, cute horse girl show that i would have loved to see years ago as a kid when spirit first came out, and im gonna keep in mind that the core audience isnt me. 

i want young girls and boys to enjoy this show. honestly, i do. i’ll let everyone air their grievances as i know it can be cathartic, but i don’t want negativity to scare people from liking the show. 

ill post some things i liked while i watched the show, but it contains spoilers under the cut

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