The Song Of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. You will cry, you will smile, you’ll cry again, you’ll smile sadly, then you’ll bawl like a baby. Honestly this book is amazing, it’s beautifully written, and it has two incredibly rare things; canonically LGBT main characters and a centaur. READ IT.
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Hahaha imagine a dystopian world where women were seen simply as vessels for babies…wouldn’t that be horrible….sure glad that hasn’t happened…..
The Gospel Of Loki, by Joanne Harris. It’s Loki’s autobiography of how he destroyed the world and was a cheeky handsome little shit. Need I say any more?
Romeo And Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Honestly I’m usually not one to read plays but I loved this. Mercutio is the best minor character ever, and it’s genuinely so beautiful to read (even if you’re not into love stories).
Prince Of Shadows, by Rachel Caine. It follows the same storyline as Romeo and Juliet but it’s from Benvolio’s point of view and it’s so good omg. Also Mercutio is the best minor character ever (did I already mention that?).
Blind Beauty, by KM Peyton. Okay so you know that one girl in your class who was always obsessed with horses? That’s me. I got this book when I was 9 and I still love it 7 years later. Even if you’re not a horse person, you’ll love this book. The main character is a strong independent badass girl who wants to be a jockey, her step dad’s evil, her horse is practically a donkey, and it’s so good. I cried.
Born To Run, by Michael Morpurgo. Technically a kid’s book, I read it when I was 6 and I never forgave any of the people who let me read it because it broke my heart. I still love it tbh.
Not Bad For A Bad Lad, by Michael Morpurgo. Okay it’s another kid’s book, and it’s just a short story, but like I said I was the horse girl and it was my favourite when I was little.
A Tyranny Of Petticoats, by Jessica Spotswood. Do you like short stories? Do you like historical fiction? Do you like badass female leads? Do you like diverse characters? READ THIS BOOK NOW
FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY, by bell hooks - non fiction - Hufflepuffs care about justice, equality and inclusion, and they aren’t afraid to fight for what’s right. Helga Hufflepuff never stood for discrimination of any kind and for this reason I would recommend this amazing and inspiring work by bell hooks, which presents a passionate theory of feminism sure to appeal to the socially-conscious Hufflepuff!
THE PRINCESS BRIDE, by William Goldman - fantasy - Adventures aren’t just for Gryffindors! And in any case, The Princess Bride is about lots of things, not least of all perseverance, endurance and working hard for revenge (like Inigo) and for true love (like Westley). A funny and hearwarming story that could be read aloud in the cosy Hufflepuff common room for everybody to enjoy.
A LITTLE PRINCESS, by Frances Hodgson Burnett - children’s - “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” I dare you not to cry when reading the story of Sara Crewe, a kind-hearted girl who goes from the most pampered student in an all-girls school to the lowliest servant when her father dies, and stays just as loving, friendly, generous and patient, because even all the terrible things she suffers cannot change the fact that she’s a princess in her heart.
FANGIRL, by Rainbow Rowell - YA; romance - Cath is a Hufflepuff with crippling social anxiety. When she goes to college, she has to juggle the challenges of her new life, a bad home situation, a new distance from her twin sister, and a crush on her intimidating roomate’s cute boyfriend, Levi (also a total Hufflepuff). It can be quite sugary-sweet at times, but I think Hufflepuffs will appreciate the characters a lot.
PERSUASION, by Jane Austen - romance - Anne Elliot is unfailingly dedicated to her family. When she’s 19, she’s reluctantly persuaded that her engagement with naval officer Frederick Wentworth is beneath her family’s status, and gives up on her love. She spends years being treated terribly by her family but enduring it with the patience of Job. When Frederick reappears in her life, he’s rich and respectable, and looking for a wife, while Anne (at 27) is quite “on the shelf” by Regency standards, but strong, quietly dignified and much more mature than the girl she was. Could Frederick ever forgive her? Could Anne hope for a chance of happiness?
COTILLION, by Georgette Heyer - historical romance - Did you know that Georgette Heyer is the inventor of the Toaster Strudel Regency historical romance? Cotillion is absolutely hilarious (it’s actually more of a comedy than a romance, really) and follows Kitty and Freddy, who get up to all sorts of hijinks in London after getting fake-engaged. They are consistently underestimated by the people around them but are, of course, as trustworthy, kind, friendly and dependable as you’d expect from two Hufflepuff cuties!
SCANDAL IN SPRING, by Lisa Kleypas - historical romance - Daisy Bowman is a nice, romantic, kind girl who is told by her father that if she can’t find a husband by the end of Spring, she would have to marry the bridegroom of his choice, Matthew Swift, whom Daisy hasn’t seen in years, but considers to be cold, aloof and ruthless. As they reacquaint themselves, however, the idea of marrying Swift starts looking decidedly attractive…
RADIANCE, by Grace Draven - fantasy romance - Ildiko and Brishen are nobles who enter into an arranged marriage to seal an alliance between their kingdoms. Just a teeny, tiny, problem: Brishen and his people aren’t actually human. This is a cool twist on the Beauty and the Beast story because both parties think the other is a Beast. But Ildiko and Brishen are both decent people who try to make the best out of a difficult situation and end up forming a deep friendship. If being a Hufflepuff is all about accepting those who are different and not being judgmental, these two are definitely Hufflepuffs.
THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak - historical fiction - Liesel Meminger is a girl who comes into the care of Hans and Rosa Hubermann feeling like there’s not much in the world that isn’t scary or dangerous. However, through the patience, humor, warmth and kindness she finds in her new surroundings -even during WWII in Germany-, she slowly begins to see everything in a different light. This book is filled with tons of Hufflepuff characters that not only see the value of being accepting and compassionate, but of actually following those feelings with actions that benefit those that might need it most.
THE COLOR PURPLE, by Alice Walker - historical fiction - Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, this epistolary novel tells the story of Celie, a black woman that has to live a life filled with as many hardships and heartbreaks as you could imagine. Don’t let that depressing summary convince you of not picking up this book though, because what makes it great is that it’s actually a story very much about the triumph of the human spirit. Celie sees the world in a really moving way, and it helps to show you just how big of an impact empathy and acceptance can make in someone’s life.
MAUS, by Art Spiegelman - graphic novel - This graphic novel set tells you the true story of Art Spiegelman’s father, who was a survivor of the Holocaust. Here you’ll find a man that, in true Hufflepuff fashion, works carefully and relentlessly to make the best he possibly can out of a horrible situation for himself and his family. As with most of literature set in or about this time period, you get to see how it in some ways shaped the man he was later in life, but that doesn’t prevent you from seeing just how intelligent and perseverant he always was.
THE HISTORY OF LOVE, by Nicole Krauss - fiction - I honestly think this book is better if you go into it not knowing much about it, but I’ll tell you this: it has 3 stories that are linked in one way or another, it’s a book about human relationships and the endurance of love, and it will probably make you very very sad and very happy at the same time.
UPROOTED, by Naomi Novik - fantasy; romance - This book may have been marketed as more of a romance but the most important relationship in it is the friendship between Agniezka and Kasia. You could argue Agniezka is actually a Gryffindor on account of the many brave deeds she performs to save her friend and her village but I just think she has a very laid-back, Hufflepuff vibe, and more than bravery it is her loyalty and empathy that define her.
DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, by Juliet Marillier - fantasy - [tw: rape!!!] Sorcha, the protagonist, is very much a Hufflepuff. She is fiercely loyal to her six brothers and her people, and kind even to her enemies. She is really into plants and healing (herbology, anyone?) and always rushes to help those in need no matter their social station or if it will get her in trouble. And when her brothers are cursed she really goes above and beyond to save them, in an impressive display of patience and hard work.
Hey. Do you care about women? Do you care about comics? Do you care about women in comics? Yeah? Why aren’t you reading Rachel Rising?
Rachel Rising is by Terry Moore, who is most famous for Strangers in Paradise–a massive, decades-spanning work chronicling the long romance between two unlikely women. He is particularly celebrated for his ability to draw a variety of female body types, and in general, the female-dominated nature of his comics. Terry Moore’s women are brave, frightened, sassy, shy, angry, demure, and everything in between. They are, in short, characters afforded the respect we’re always clamoring for. Much of his work is explicitly feminist in nature as well–which brings me to Rachel Rising.
Rachel Rising is about a young woman who wakes up in a shallow grave. She’s dead, but….not. She goes on to discover that 300 years prior, her small Massachusetts town slaughtered hundreds of young girls in an effort to root out witches, and moreover, that she might have been one of them. Then Lilith–actual, biblical Lilith shows up. Without going into too much spoilery detail, Rachel Rising is a story about revenge, nonconformity, good and evil, witches, demons, and death. It’s creepy, stark, and really, really good.
It’s also in danger of ending, due to financial concerns. So check it out at your local comics shop, or buy it digitally through Comixology. Whatever you do, give it–and more female-dominated comics–a chance.
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.
Juliet is a chubby lesbian Puerto Rican girl who just came out to her family and is about to spend her summer with Harlowe, the author of a book that has helped her to discover feminism. During this summer she will learn a lot of things about herself, about feminism, racism and white privilege, and the queer community; she’ll get to question everything and everyone; and she’ll understand that Harlowe doesn’t have all the answers.
I firmly believe we need more books like this one. Books that talk freely about feminism (including polyamory, menstruation, or masturbation), books with a main character who needs to ask lots of questions because is still learning and is facing many issues that are new to her. Because it’s ok not to know all the terminology, to have doubts, and to ask (politely and respectfully) when you need any clarification. And that doesn’t mean that other people are better than you.
Also, we need more books with so many queer and PoC spaces, books that talk about how important is to find people you identify with and make you feel that you belong, books that question white allocishet privilege.
*I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
i want to get into other comic editorials besides marvel and dc, could you recommend me what are some good ones and what comics should i read?
Sure can! I’m not sure what kind of genres and characters you’re specifically into, so I’m gonna go for broad-spectrum stories here. , I highly recommend getting a Comixology account. It’s really well-organized, delivers your comics to whatever device you want to read them on, and makes it a lot easier to access work by smaller publishers. For real, just explore their browsing options and click on what looks interesting to you! That said:
Image Comics: Image is really coming into its own–I’m starting to hear people refer to a “Big Three” instead of a “Big Two” and while that’s sort of a hilariously backhanded insult towards the industry, it’s also exciting. Right now, Saga is one of the biggest series in comics, a fantastic space opera with amazing art and characters and imho, it deserves all the hype it gets. The Walking Dead is Image’s most famous book–I haven’t read it (zombies aren’t really my thing), but check it out if your'e so inclined. Sex Criminals has made a pretty huge splash with just 4 issues, so now is a great time to jump in. Some other popular currently-running series include: Chew, Alex +Ada, Pretty Deadly, Lazarus, Velvet, Fatale, East of West, Morning Glories, and Rat Queens. I’m not caught up on all of those (okay, I haven’t actually read East of West or Morning Glories yet but my friends love ‘em), but they’re all fairly roundly enjoyed. Some older/completed Image comics I’d recommend are: Phonogram, I Kill Giants, It Girl & The Atomics, Girls (haven’t read that one yet, but my friend liked it a lot), Nowhere Men (ditto), Mara, and The Pro. Image Expo revealed a lot of exciting new series in the comic year–I’m particularly excited for Ody-C, The Wicked and the Divine, Shutter, Bitch Planet, and 8house. Image is honestly fairly accessible as comic publishers go–just browse their website/comixology page/Wikipedia entry and look up what looks interesting!
IDW: IDW is mostly licensed stuff, but they put out Locke & Key, Parker, and The Rocketeer. A lot of their licensed stuff is pretty decent actually, so take a look and see if they do comics for any franchises you’re already into.
BOOM! Studios: The Adventure Time comics are all fantastic–they play around with side characters the show could never devote any real time to, pull in all kinds of cool webcomic talent and just have a whole lot of fun in a lot of different ways. I’m not into Regular Show, but I hear the comics are pretty good too. BOOM! also did Irredeemable and Incourruptible, which I’ve heard mixed things about but got enough buzz that you might want to check it out. CBGB was pretty cool too.
Dynamite: Dynamite has rebooted it’s Red Sonja span of comics recently, with Gail Simone at the helm–we’ve got everything now from Queen Sonja, to Tales of Red Sonja, to Lil’ Sonja. I’d recommend you start with the first issue of the revamp and go from there. Beyond that, there’s a lotta classic cheesecake at Dynamite, from Dejah Thoris to Vampirella, which, yes, is capital-P Problematic but I had a lot of affection for them as a kid looking for any women in comics, so I’ll toss them in here. :P. Oh, and American Flagg which I read a tiny bit of years ago. I honestly remember nothing of it but it’s fairly well known.
Abstract Studio: Abstract Studio is actually just Terry Moore’s own publishing company. Strangers in Paradise is his most famous work, a loooooong and complicated love story between Francine Peters, an all-American good girl and Katina Choovanski, a punky bad girl with a tough backstory. SiP is not perfect and probably ran past its expiration date but I totally love it and rec it wholeheartedly. Rachel Rising is Moore’s currently-running series and I urge everyone to check it out too because Moore is thinking of ending it due to financial concerns.
Top Shelf: Lotta good stuff at Top Shelf. Alan Moore has published some work here, most prominently From Hell. Blankets is here as well, probably one of those most well-known and accessible graphic novels around. I’d recommend Essex County, Alone Forever, Chester 5000, Owly, and March. Honestly, I’m seeing tons of stuff on the TS Comixology page that I’ve never heard of before but now really want to read!
Monkeybrain: Bandette is adorable and fun and also appropriate for all ages. I’ve heard really interesting things about High Crimes, Subatomic Party Girls and The Double Life of Miranda Turner.
Archie Comics: cough Afterlife With Archie cough
Fantagraphics: Fantagraphics is where you’re going to find Love and Rockets, one of the absolute pillars of the alternative comics world. They have done an amazing job of making 30+ years of work accessible to new readers–check out the Guide to L&R on their website. Fantagraphics stuff ranges from collections of older work like Nancy, Carl Banks’s Disney comics, and the old EC horror titles to weirder, more avant-garde stuff, so I highly recommend digging into their website on your own to see what you’re into. Some stuff I’d recommend: Hip Hop Family Tree, Meatcake, Wandering Son. I highly urge you to check out their stuff for yourself though–none of these publishers have a unified universe or voice the way DC and Marvel do, but Fantagraphics least of all.
Oni Press: Well, Scott Pilgrim of course. But also: Wet Moon, Salt Water Taffy, Hopeless Savages, and Queen & Country. Again, like Fantagraphics, there’s no unified voice here.
Slave Labor Graphics: If you’re looking to feed your inner goth kid (we’re talking the one who wears Tripp pants and listens to Good Charlotte specifically), you’ll find Nightmares and Fairytales, Gloomcookie, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Lenore here. They’ve…kind of peaked, tbh? And a lot of this work is out of print now (but pretty cheap if you buy it used on Amazon), or severely dated. But it’s still worth a look, I think.
Vertigo: Vertigo is technically a DC imprint, but I’m going to put it on here anyway as it’s really it’s own separate publisher, in terms of content. Vertigo has put out a lot of stone-cold classics over the years, and a lot of interesting little stuff that maybe didn’t take off the way Sandman did, but are still worth reading. I recommend: Fables, Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Y: The Last Man, Scalped, Pride of Baghdad, Cuba: My Revolution, My Faith in Frankie, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, We3.
Dark Horse: Empowered. I love Empowered so much (though be warned that it’s basically softcore. BUT IT GETS AMAZING TRUST ME.) The Avatar: The Last Airbender comics are good, if you’re into that series. The Fifth Beatle got a lot of buzz this year. You’ll find all the Hellboy stuff here, and Sin City. Oh, and Blacksad, which is fantastic. That’s all I’m really familiar with–definitely look into Dark Horse on your own and see what piques your interest.
a couple days ago, i asked people to rec fantasy book that were written by women and starred a woman protagonist. since finding these sorts of books is something of a Recurring Problem for me, i figured i’d make a list of all the books! i organized as best i could, let me know if something’s goofy!
author recs ilona andrews (my rec– wife/husband writing duo) leigh bardugo (my rec) n.k. jemisin shannon hale kameron hurley ursula leguin anne mccaffrey robin mckinley tamora pierce lj smith patricia c. wrede
high or historical fantasy (alphabetical by title) ya the firekeeper saga | jane lindskold girl of fire and thorns | rae carson graceling | kristin cashore a great and terrible beauty | libba bray the grisha trilogy | leigh bardugo (my rec)
howl’s moving castle | dianna wynne jones the naming | allison croggon princess ben | catherine gilbert murdock the queen’s thief series | megan whalen turner (not a lady protag, but lots of awesome ladies) seraphina + shadow scale | rachel hartman six of crows | leigh bardugo (my rec) sevenwaters series | juliet marillier (my rec, dark/triggering themes for book one: daughter of the forest) snow like ashes | sarah raasch the sunbolt chronicles | inistar khanani (my rec) thorn | inistar khanani (my rec) the water trilogy | kara dalkey
adult bel dame apocrypha series | kameron hurley (dark themes/graphic) brother to dragons, companion to owls | jane lindskold deathless | catherynne valente (folklore) deerskin | robin mckinley (warning: dark themes) the elements: descension | lauren drube (available on inkshare) the hero and the crown | robin mckinley the hundred thousand kingdoms | n.k. jemisin the fifth season | n.k. jemisin (rec’d multiple times!) parasol protectorate series | gail carriger (steampunk) the spiritwalker trilogy | kate elliot the study series | maria snyder (warning: dark themes) the tombs of atuan | ursula leguin uprooted | naomi novik (warning: sex/violence)
urban fantasy ya the darkest part of the forest | holly black the lynburg legacy | sarah rees brennan
the mortal instruments/infernal devices | cassandra clare shadowfalls (born at midnight) | cc hunter shatter me series | tahereh mafi
adult alex craft series | kalayna price (my rec) the broom closet mysteries | marianna roberg (irish mythology + paranormal) the edge series | ilona andrews (my rec) kate daniels series | ilona andrews (my rec)
honorable mentions for dudes writing lady protags who don’t suck the craft sequence series | max gladstone (urban fantasy/adult)
This trilogy was described to me as “Gay Game Of Thrones” and was the series to get me into original gay fiction - I had no idea there were so many quality stories out there until my recommendations on Amazon started filling up with the most awesome looking books!
I read this trilogy in four days flat, I was completely obsessed. The plot is so intriguing and clever, I can’t imagine what was going on in Pacat’s brain when she conjured up all these twists and turns!
The story starts with Damen, warrior prince of Akielos being betrayed by his half brother, stripped of his identity and shipped of to neighbouring Vere as a pleasure slave for their own prince, the cunning and beautiful Laurent. Through a series of events Damen must fight for his people, his crown and his life, all without Laurent ever finding out who he really is…
These books are one of the darker series I’ve read since embarking into the world of LGBT fiction, but I’m quite a wuss and there was nothing too much for me, if that tells you anything at all lol. There are a lot of complex themes especially regarding sex and rape, mentions of past abuse and off-page deaths. If that’s not cool with you, this might not be your cup of tea. I for one am extremely glad I gave it a chance!
I would just say that I know people who couldn’t get on with this series at all, or actively hated it for various reasons. And I get that, I really do. But I adored it, absolutely.
Damen and Laurent are such interesting characters, and seeing as 95% of the story-telling was from Damen’s point of view I loved how Laurent was portrayed. The development of them both is wonderful and like I said earlier, the plot is ingenious and the ending just brilliant!
Definitely worth giving a go if you want a slow burn romance and nail biting action!
(NB: The aesthetic is by me, though I own none of the images. Featuring Jason Momoa as Damen and Jamie Campbell Bower as Laurent.
If you want to follow my gay recs, I’m using the hashtag “#juliet recommends gay books” - I’ve got a whole bunch more AMAZING books to rec, and I’d love you to check them out! I will also be saving them on my main page under “Original Gay Fiction Recs”.)
“The boys in Derek’s class were often mean skinny guys like Stiles, but if they could have seen the boy in front of him now there was no doubt they would have been in awe. The routine was perfect, a seamless show of football skills that would have made any professional jealous”
Stiles loved football. There was little he wouldn’t do to take the place he was being offered at university for a full board sports scholarship. Getting away from his abusive dad certainly sweetened the deal too. If only he knew his mum would be okay if he left, he would have been away months ago. And of course, he didn’t factor in that college boy Derek would be dropping into his life, the very reason he wanted to get out of that place, drawing them together. It’s out of Stiles’ hands
Derek looked at the boy and turned to the road, and then turned to look at the boy again, he wanted to see Stiles´ face to ensure that what he had said was true, after all, Stiles said nothing clear in his monologue that he could confirm with his super hearing, as usual.
“Shit, Der.” Stiles shivers. “You promise when we get to the room—” “I’m going to lock the door, undress you, and make up for every minute of the past six weeks.” Derek grins when Stiles’s pupils blow wide with lust. “And we’re in the chapel, so you know I’m not lying.” “Forgive us, Father,” Stiles mutters, and grabs Derek’s hand. “For we are about to sin so hard.” ~~~~~~~~~ For the past four years Derek and Stiles have been roommates at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Boarding School. For the past two years, they have been secret lovers. Now, as senior year dawns, one boy begins to seriously consider coming out, while the other feels pressured by church and family to deny his identity. There’s also some Romeo and Juliet, a lot of fluff, a heap of angst, and Jeff Davis as a priest, because… reasons. In short, it’s the bare: the rock opera/Teen Wolf mashup that just wouldn’t get out of my head.
“No, this can’t be happening. I refuse for us to be Romeo and Juliet. No. It’s not happening. No. So just stop. If you don’t wipe that smirk off your face, I’ll kill you. I mean it!” Stiles stared down at Derek, who just rolled his eyes. “Yeah because that worked out so well last time.”
A hunter!AU were Stiles is part of the Argent clan, and does not live up to the hunting prowess of his older twin, Allison. In an attempt to prove himself to his family, Stiles sets out to take down the most vicious alpha of the area, Derek Hale. Through Stiles’ bumbling attempts to kill Derek, and Derek’s mocking banter, the hunt turns to a game and enemies turn to something more.
Stiles Stilinski is a bullied Junior at Beacon Hills Highschool. He has a best friend name Scott McCall who cannot protect him that very well, and three particular tormentors: Isaac Lahey and his twin goons Ethan and Aiden. One day, Stiles is attacked by the three and it goes far beyond the usual insults and shoves this time. Though as Stiles is in trouble, a hero appears and decides to save the day. That hero is Derek Hale.
War is hell. Falling in love with enemy solider Derek Hale, secretly mating him, and then accidentally being left behind by him when the war suddenly and violently ends is a special kind of hell apparently reserved for one human omega Stiles Stilinski. But Stiles is determined to find his mate again, because Derek left more than just Stiles in a war-ravaged and werewolf-hating country - and with danger at every turn and nothing but Derek’s gun and his own wits for protection, hell hath no fury like Stiles now.
Over 1,000 years ago, the Great War between Vampires and Lycans began. Many are ignorant of how it started, uncertain who to believe now that reading into the past is forbidden.
But most believe it all started with the birth of Derek Hale, the first Lycan, a werewolf capable of retaining his human form. Spared by King Jon as a baby, he is beaten and belittled by Gerard, the most ruthless of the Vampire Coven’s Elders. The one comfort Derek finds in his life is Prince Stiles, son of King Jon.
Stiles and Derek grow up together—two lonely children seeking companionship which slowly evolves into love. Their love is forbidden, separated not only by their status as royal and slave, but as Vampire and Lycan.
When the lovers make a plan to escape—to be together in a land far away from rules and regulations—fate has other plans.
“Whatever helps you sleep at night, Stilinski.” Derek drawls out, deciding the chance to do any work had now passed and let the sheets from his hand fall to the desk. “Oh, I sleep just fine. But should you really be thinking about your students in bed, Mr Hale?” Stiles smirked, enjoying the way Derek’s face heats up at his teasing. Their relationship had always been like this, teasing each other and Stiles always crossing the line. Derek just shook his head at Stiles, clearing his throat.
Or where Stiles returns from holiday and visits Mr Hale in his classroom, itching for Derek to confess that he missed Stiles.
Also, as long as we’re talking about genres and the cultures that shaped them, let’s discuss superheroes within the context of Jewish-American culture!
Basically: 20th century Jewish-American culture was a massive influence upon the superhero genre. Many, if not most of the prominent figures of the industry, especially between the 1930s and 1960s, were Jews, many of whom changed their names to something a little less Semitic: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Will Eisner, Joe Simon, Flo Steinberg, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Gil Kane, and a million others. That list right there encompasses the creators of Batman, Superman, The Spirit, the modern Green Lantern, the Atom, The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, The New Gods, Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man. I don’t know if I’d say understanding the impact of Jewish-American culture is absolutely essential to being a well-rounded comics fan, but I think it’s important and encourage anyone who cares about the genre to study this aspect a little more deeply.