• 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.

i don’t wanna sound like an asshole but when people are like “don’t wait for characters to be reintroduced as lesbian/gay/bi/trans, etc. support new lgbt+ characters!!!” it’s like cool fine yes i’m sure they will become my new children but sometimes you don’t want to read about new characters?? like you have those established comfort characters that you really identify with that you’d love to actually be like you??? and i know creators don’t owe us anything but it would be really nice from time to time to have established characters be lgbt+ because sometimes new gay characters just don’t mean as much as our faves

Spider-Man was fucking DOPE!

Man, I haven’t seen a Spider-Man movie so good for a very long time. I disliked Garfield’s version and I wasn’t really expecting much from Tom Holland, but after Civil War, my hope actually did skyrocket. And Spider-Man: Homecoming has not disappointed me. Though, it had one small minus.

Spoilers ahead, obviously.

Here’s my list of things I totally loved:

  • Bear papa Tony Stark. Seriously. A++++ character development. Tony is nothing but a sweet angel, I promise. He doesn’t steal the show either.
  • They chose not to follow the boring-to-death Mary Jane/Gwen Stacy bullshit, instead they chose a NORMAL high school-like hardcore crushing/relationship. Not the big, eternal love at the age of 15. Yes, Peter was clearly having strong feelings for Liz, but it wasn’t all unnecessarily too much. They kept it totally natural and realistic. I will love them forever for that.
  • Biracial relationship, biracial marriage. Nice.
  • Many POC characters.
  • Ned is basically me the entire movie, honestly
  • Did I mention they kept it all REAL? Peter cried more than once, because he was in danger, because he was confused, because he is still a kid. Yes, he is tough, he is smart, he is strong and brave, but he is also only 15 and he is allowed to be weak and to learn out of that. I think it was really, really awesome.
  • Zero plot holes. Like, literally, none. They packed it all up nicely, addressed issues from CA:CW and Avengers both 1 and 2. I wish all the other movies and TV-show makers would do the same with their stories.
  • Karen, the suit lady and her instant-kill mode. Yup.
  • The Bank of Queen’s scene, with criminals wearing Avengers’ masks, so a casual viewier would get the “they’re seen as cirminals now” vibe. Small thing, done mostly for fun, but I like it anyways.
  • Also, Happy mentioned the plain contained “materials for Cap’s new shield”. I think I had an orgasm just by hearing that.
  • Oh and about Cap: I can’t even imagine the amount of fun Chris Evans had by jumping into his old Captain America costume just to film those lame educational movie clips
  • Also, the amount of trolling in the post-credit scene is strong. Very strong.
  • Assholes. Seriously. And Chris Evans’ shit-eating grin when Cap said “patience” was the worst. Fuck you, sir.

Things I did not like:

- Peppers Potts. What the even fuck. Like why? Where did she pop out from? Seriously? Just ????????


Ok guys, I feel like I need to clarify what I meant with Pepper.

It’s not that I don’t like Pepperony, or Pepper Potts herself. I freaking love Pepper Potts (as an individual character and not a part of Pepperony ship) and if Tony can’t be with Steve, then Pepper is honestly the best choice for him. (reason I’m saying Steve would be better is because Steve is much more understanding and delicate when it comes to Tony and that’s something Tony desperately needs)(but Stony can happen only if Stucky cannot tho. Stucky #1, always).

Anyway, all I’m saying is just that she popped out of the blue and it looked like nothing happened? Judging by Tony’s face in CA:CW when he said Pepper “needed a break”, it looked like she dumped him permanently, because she disliked his lifestyle and/or was too stressed herself (and that’s totally understandable, tho). It was probably the big drama effect that was meant to contribute to Tony’s general stress, frustration, and the feeling of not being in control of his life (again). I get it now after watching Spider-Man, it actually makes sense.

I just don’t like the way they put Pepper back in the story. Like nothing happened, like Tony was never heartbroken, and they’ve been happily together since 2008. Even though I love to see Tony happy and and head over heels in love, I wish they would save it to the Avengers movie and explain what actually happened between them and how did they resolve the conflict.

Pepper Potts is a strong and smart woman, she’s definitely the Stark Industry boss material, and of course she is a human being that’s constantly put into stressful situations thanks to Tony and his identity as Iron Man. I am not saying that she should block her own feelings just to make Tony happier, but if his lifestyle is too stressful for her and she cannot accept it, maybe it would be better if they weren’t together. Not because they’re not in love, but because Tony needs someone who will stay with him no matter what. He needs this psychological and emotional stability, and I don’t think it does him any good if Pepper constantly changes her mind whether to be or not to be with him. Either she stays and accepts him, and Tony of course does everything to soothe her stress, or they split. I just don’t like the emotional roller coaster Tony is constantly put through: he deserves cuddles, soft kisses and patience. Pepper deserves psychological stability, too.

That’s why I disliked the way they put them back together: I simply cannot know how they resolved the conflict. I miss it, because I wanted to see if they’re actually doing it properly this time. If they did, then I’m totally happy for Pepper’s return too.


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.

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.


How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Summary: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Thoughts:  Grace and Eva are two girls who have a connection on the deepest levels: both with absent fathers and lost mothers, accepting their feelings for other girls, on the cusp of adolescence and adulthood with no idea what they want from their rest of their life.

I can’t express how much it means to me to read a love story between two girls caught in trauma and grief. Their love is not a bandage or a solution, but they are able to find peace, understanding, and safety in each other. They know that healing is a long, slow journey that they are just beginning, but they are beginning it together. My struggles look nothing like Grace and Eva’s, but this book showed me that I can fall in love with a girl who will love all of me, and we won’t have to hide our painful pasts from each other.

“A beautiful story about love’s paradoxical ability to be the most difficult yet most effortless thing in the world. Ashley Herring Blake breaks your heart for these girls and then stitches it back together with starlit magic.” - Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights


  • Death of mother
  • Absent fathers - one dead, one never met
  • Alcoholism and child neglect
  • Humiliation after breakup - Jay posts screenshots of sexts with Grace online for the whole school to see

In my enthusiasm in persuading people to watch The Get Down, I forgot to make a masterpost of trigger warnings for the show, for which I am truly sorry. Despite how good the show is, there is a lot of heavy content within it. 

There are spoilers in this post, but I am trying to make it as spoiler-free as possible.

First off, here are some general warnings for the show:

  • Abuse
  • Ableism
  • Drugs/Smoking
  • Racism/Racist Slurs
  • Rape/CSA
  • Homophobic Slurs
  • Misogynistic Slurs
  • Violence (especially against children)

And underneath the cut will be trigger warnings for each episode, including timestamps

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anonymous asked:

haven't the slightest clue w feartwd but like they just killed travis. so basically now it's all whitey pastey cast with 2-ish poc (not really counting ofelia cos mercedes isn't even hispanic or whatever muck up casting they did)

We started with a majority POC cast and this is where we’re at. Red is dead, blue like you said Mercedes doesn’t technically count as Latina and she doesn’t even get screen time anyway. Frank - the actor - may be biracial but Nick - the character - is white. Clearly. He has two white parents. If not then you’d have to tell me that Alicia is biracial too which…no. 

They killed/wrote off all the POC from Mexico and this is what they got instead. A bunch of whites with heavy implied racist tones. 

What did this show do?

Yes, ML does seem to be treating certain characters unequally

And no, it’s not a case of the show treating Marinette better than Adrien. 

(Note that this is spoiler heavy after this point)

Now I don’t want to jump ahead of the game, but does anyone find it even a little bit strange that of all the spoilers and promo clips we got of the new season so far, Chloe and Adrien seem to have the most heavy material, story wise? But for Marinette and Alya, we don’t really know what’s happening with them at all. 

And for Alya, it’s more understandable given her side character status, and we do know she’ll be getting a miraculous eventually. But in terms of what her storyline could be we have no idea beyond that. But for Marinette, our main character, we know very little about what she’s getting up to besides the most basic hero stuff, and ship related issues. 

Compare that to Chloe’s inevitable redemption arc, and the 3 parter on her family being akumatized. We have plenty of information on her this season to generate interest and guess at where her arc could go. Then there’s Adrien, who’s dad is the villain, who’s mom is missing under mysterious circumstances and could potentially be another villain. They’re more connected to the lore of the miraculous and what the entire story’s main conflict centers around. 

This whole set up just seems very strange to me. I don’t want to jump ahead before we know for sure, but that fact that so many BIG spoilers have been dropped on us already, and nearly none of them center around Marinette’s character is… concerning. Or even Alya, again. We know she gets the fox miraculous and we’re getting more into her siblings, but then what?

Also another big issue I’m finding more and more upsetting is Marinette’s parents and their lack of character depth. The lack of Tom and Sabine’s screen time on the show is concerning to me. They’re usually present as a unit, usually there to play ‘good parent’ until the scene doesn’t need them anymore, and that’s it. And again, no spoilers regarding them at all that could give me any sort of clue as to what we have in store for them. We’re meeting Marinette’s grandmom, yes, and I want to assume this means we get an episode strictly about the Dupain-Chengs, but that’s how Kung Food should have gone, and even Sabine was no where in sight for that episode. We learned more about Adrien in that episode than her own parents, who by right should have been present at the least. 

I’m not trying to necessarily call out the show for something nefarious, but it sure is an annoying coincidence that the two rich, white kids and their parents in this show are seemingly getting more depth to their story arc than our biracial main character and her poc best friend. 

Here’s to hoping I’m totally and 100% making a mountain out of a mole hill. 

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: 


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:

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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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.

I have had to sit through so much crappy overwatch character design discourse in the past few days so I’m sorry if I come across a bit touchy here but

who fucking cares

if they only made pharah being biracial to “cover their asses”, then guess what? they realized there was a problem, fixed it, and in doing so, made a biracial character, which we do not have nearly enough of in the first place! i literally cannot think of any character in any piece of media ever before this that was egyptian/native 

I fucking hate blizzard too but you know it’s ok to just be happy sometimes

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.

This is going to be a long rant and I’m not sure if will make much sense, so bear with me.

I am a writer, working on, among other things, a specific project. It’s a show in which nobody’s race has much bearing on the plot or their characters (I flesh out their characters before I assign an ethnic background, so these roles could literally be played by anyone), but it is a very racially diverse show. The diversity is less about making any specific point or representation and more because I feel like it (and every ethnic background represented comes from someone I know with that background).

I try to avoid tokenism, and to me that’s more about quality than quantity. To me, even if you only have one, say, bisexual character (which I’ll use as an example because I’m bisexual), if they’re a well-rounded, interesting character whose personality and role go beyond their sexuality and they aren’t stereotyped, they’re not a token. A character who is essentially a bisexual warm body added in for representation is tokenism.

That said, because of the way some people on here are about representation I have this weird fear that I have to represent ALL experiences. Like it’s not enough to have an Asian character or two. Not even enough to have an East Asian character and a South Asian character. You got to have an Asian character who was adopted, you have to have a biracial Asian character, etc.

I know logically that humanity is such a diverse group that no one can possibly capture every experience, at least not without an absurdly large cast, and that to just have enough diversity to suggest that there are a number of Latino experiences or black experiences or bisexual experiences is doing pretty well. Knowing something logically and feeling it are two different things (especially when you already deal with anxiety).

I already have a problem with having too many characters in my stories, and I feel like this makes it worse. I find myself wondering if I actually want the character or jus the representation; for example, there was one character who is Muslim, and as I was debating whether to add her to my already-huge cast, I found myself wondering if I really liked her or if I just wanted Muslim representation. (When I tried writing the first episode without her and felt really sad, I realized I actually did want her in there.)

Ultimately I have sort of an “I’ll do whatever the shit I want” mentality so I probably won’t let it get to me too much. And since I come up with a new story idea roughly every week, it’s not like I’ll never have another opportunity to represent X race or Y sexuality, it feels like it’s not enough to say “Maybe next show.” That you have to represent everything or you’re an X-ist or a Y-phobe.

TL;DR: Representation is great and it’s good to express that no one demographic is a monolith, but the Tumblr mentality that no amount of representation is ever enough can be really stressful to a writer who does want to present a diverse cast but also just wants to tell a good story.


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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