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The Stormligth Archive (book 1&2) by Brandon Sanderson

Summary

So I decided to do a joined review for both of these since I’ve read them in a short span of time. 

Writing

I enjoy Sanderson’s writing a lot. I was a bit perplexed by the change of pov occurring at the beginning of Way of Kings though (There’s like 3? 4? side character’s pov before getting to one of the main characters). 

Story

In the first book, the story moves really slowly. Things pick up a bit in book two, but I still feel like the 1300 pages were not justified. It’s like three “regular” novels worth of pages, but I didn’t feel like I read three times the story, just one story dragging down a bit. 

World

The extensive worldbuilding is the main reason the story moves slowly. The world of the stormlight archive is fascinating, and many different kinds of magic are explored. There’s also a true diversity of cultures, and I really loved that aspect of it. Some of the norms in this world, such as women covering their left hand, made me think on our world’s custom, too (as any great book should, in my opinion).

Characters

I’m in love with Shallan and Jasnah. I’m pretty sure the reason I loved the second book more than the first is that we see way more of Shallan’s pov! I admire Dalinar, but I find his pov too slow at times. As for Kaladin, I can only take so much pain at a time (seriously, poor guy. He deserves better.) I really enjoy most of the secondary characters, too (some in a “love-to-hate” kinda way but still).

Conclusion

These are a very solid start to what I hope will be an absolutely epic series! They are a tad long for my taste (I could have done with 200-300 less pages in the middle of each book) but they are overall very good. I’m very excited for the next one! 

❇ ⋆ ❇ ⋆ ❇     8.5/10     ❇ ⋆ ❇ ⋆ ❇

I am all for poc being cast in roles that highlight their cultural history and struggles

But can we also campaign for giving poc roles that are about an average person with average problems????? Roles that are given to white people by default…….

A black girl in a romance movie where the greatest obstacle isn’t her race and the greatest reward isn’t that she ends up with the white dude…….

A romantic comedy where all the poc characters aren’t stereotyped by what Hollywood classifies as their culture…..

A coming of age story starring a diverse group of children instead of a token (stereotyped) minority character…..

Can we make movies that don’t make the family dynamics in black or latinx culture dramatic or toxic?????

Can we have more Muslim representation in general????????

Can we show non-christian religions as more than oppressive?????

Can we give poc more roles than the ones that were “written for them”?????

Can we make movies showing the true diversity of society rather than trying to convince ppl that poc are just sprinkles in a white world ????????

Whence all this passion towards conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and you will have no tyrant states. Why, if they follow this conformity business, they’ll end up by forcing me, an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but the lack of one. Must I strive towards colorlessness? But seriously and without snobbery, think of what the world would lose if that should happen. America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain.
—  Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (born in this day in 1914)
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Feminism’s not about us convincing you that gender equality is worth engaging in only because there might be something in it for you, or in it for your sister or your mother. The question is, what’s in it for humans? Happier, healthier, more successful children? Being able to take proper paternity leave and see your baby? Being able to talk to someone if you’re feeling shit? Actually getting to be yourself? Getting asked out by a woman? Better sex? A marriage that is a true partnership? More diverse and interesting perspectives in art, culture, business and politics? Getting to crowd source all the innovation and genius in the world, not just half of it? A highly increased number of safe, confident and fulfilled people on the planet, particularly women? World peace? Seriously. World peace!

If I ever make a post about wanting diverse books and you’re considering recommending a book by SJM maybe just like…don’t?

My emails to Netflix

I just wrote to the four people listed in this post about the cancellation of Sense8 and I thought I’d post what I said in case anyone wants a bit of an outline for what to write. Don’t write exactly what I said, obviously, or they’ll just be more likely to dismiss us all, but feel free to use this as a loose template for your own complaints.

It’s a bit long so I’m putting it under a read more

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I am a Sheith shipper. Like, I ship Sheith so much it hurts sometimes. But if I see Klance artwork that is beautifully done (or any other ship for that matter) I am going to admire it and give credit to the wonderful, imaginative, and talented creators. You know why? Because true fans understand diversity and love other fans regardless of who they ship. In the end, we’re one big dysfunctional family, but we’re a family nonetheless. So let’s start acting like it. :)

theatlantic.com
I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country.
By Rumana Ahmed

I might have lasted a little longer. Then came January 30. The executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries caused chaos, without making America any safer. Discrimination that has existed for years at airports was now legitimized, sparking mass protests, while the president railed against the courts for halting his ban. Not only was this discrimination and un-American, the administration’s actions defending the ban threatened the nation’s security and its system of checks and balances.

Alt-right writers, now on the White House staff, have claimed that Islam and the West are at war with each other. Disturbingly, ISIS also makes such claims to justify their attacks, which for the most part target Muslims. The Administration’s plans to revamp the Countering Violent Extremism program to focus solely on Muslims and use terms like “radical Islamic terror,” legitimize ISIS propaganda and allow the dangerous rise of white-supremacist extremism to go unchecked.

Placing U.S. national security in the hands of people who think America’s diversity is a “weakness” is dangerous. It is false.

People of every religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age pouring into the streets and airports to defend the rights of their fellow Americans over the past few weeks proved the opposite is true––American diversity is a strength, and so is the American commitment to ideals of  justice and equality.

American history is not without stumbles, which have proven that the nation is only made more prosperous and resilient through struggle, compassion and inclusiveness. It’s why my parents came here. It’s why I told my former 5th grade students, who wondered if they still belonged here, that this country would not be great without them.

The fact that Moonlight won Best Picture and 90% of people are only talking about the mix up meme is exactly why the Academy purposefully did this ~accidental switch~. They want to satisfy those asking for recognition for diversity but also keep the achievement from being the focus of the night, because it would put more pressure on the Academy to continue the act of celebrating true diversity. I’m not saying that you can’t make jokes and share funny memes about the fake out, but don’t lose focus on what the important part is - the part that White Hollywood is trying to hide from you.

anonymous asked:

You may think Italy's accepting a lot of refugees, but compared to countries like France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands Italy is not racially diverse. You have a lot of Romanians and Albanians so an ethnically diverse certainly, but statistically speaking very few non-ethnic-Europeans so not racially diverse

not true 

Sense8 Appreciation Post

Season 2 is even better than what I hoped for. I’m not seeing any hype about this show so let me tell y'all how amazing this is. True diversity, every character has a real story, international connectivity, and by the time you realize it you even forget their differences like you truly be like “there goes Lito being emotional for no reason again” or “Van Damn is so darn cute and adorable” or my girl Sun like “fuck them up girl! Beat his ass”. I tell y'all Sense8 is in my opinion the best show on Netflix right now! Don’t @ me

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So, I just found out about the new Eurovision 2017 slogan (personally I find it really cool) and I look at the YouTube comments, and it’s full of hate for the logo and slogan “Celebrate Diversity,” most of which I find atrocious.

This is the slogan:

First off, I saw a comment saying, and I quote, “the emblem of anal beads”. This is mocking Ukrainian culture and the Namysto that the logo is based on. On the official Eurovision website, it states that “Celebrate Diversity is the central message for this year’s event and is complimented by a creative logo design based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace known as Namysto. More than just a piece of jewellery, Namysto is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and celebrates both diversity and individuality.” Comparing a unique aspect of Ukrainian culture to a sex toy is just unfathomable. It disgusts me how immature people are these days. Sure, it doesn’t look like all the other logos, but that’s because Ukraine wants to do something unique and keep a theme that is beautiful and honestly, should be taken more seriously.

There’s also a comment from a person, I won’t say names, so let’s just call him Steve. Steve commented on the YouTube video, “Celebrate Diversity….what liberal bullshit is this? Its all fun when Diversity means unique countries with a strong national image, but if every country has the same “diversity” of people, then nothing is unique about them and the actual diversity is lost.“ It’s a little hard to understand, but I think they are trying to say that in every country and culture there are the same types of people and true diversity is not prominent. But I think that the logo and slogan wants to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity between cultures as well as people, because we all are different and unique. Every person has their own personality and belong in a different culture. As the executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand says, “The notion of celebrating diversity builds on last year’s theme of ‘Come Together’ and is at the heart of Eurovision values: it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music”.

So, my final question is, why criticize Ukraine’s effort to celebrate the diversity of the Contest and people around the world? Why make fun of the logo if it is an unprecedented sight? The production team worked long and hard to create a slogan with meaning to Eurovision and Ukraine’s message that they want to portray (even if we’ve heard or seen the words diversity many times), and a logo filled with meaning and historical culture to go along with it. 

So why do people hate it so much?

anonymous asked:

Did you ever notice that "having a diversity of views in our media outlet" means that we will hire any white dude, no matter how mediocre a thinker, to espouse views that are essentially the status quo, but if you're a POC, you better have 2 Pulitzers so we can be sure you're "qualified"?

Yeah, and honestly, The News, if you’re looking for true diversity, maybe no more white people on your air for the next… I don’t know, 50 years? Even then it probably wouldn’t even out.