<b>Cassian:</b> did you eat?<p/><b>Nesta:</b> did you eat?<p/><b>Cassian:</b> are you copying me?<p/><b>Nesta:</b> are you copying me?<p/><b>Cassian:</b> i love you<p/><b>Nesta:</b> yeah i ate already<p/><b>Cassian:</b> <p/><b>Nesta:</b> <p/><b>Cassian:</b> :(<p/><b>Nesta:</b> *sighs*<p/><b>Nesta:</b> *whispers* i love you too<p/></p>
In both ACOTAR and ToG
there is a limited amount of representation. I’m not talking about LGBTQ. But
rather, I’m talking about PoC and diverse body types.
I’m not saying there isn’t
characters of color in both series. But I am saying there is a lack of
representation. I know SJM can’t describe the characters as Latino, Asian or
African. But what SJM could have done is described them in a way that brings those images
to mind. In fact, the only characters I can think of that are PoC are Nesryn,
Nehemia and Tariquin, Rhys, Cassian and Azriel.
Now, I know their
ethnicity does not play a major role in the plot. But as an Asian American, it
hurts when I read my favorite series and know that no one looks like me.
Everyone in the series for the most part is white. They may differ in hair and
eye color. But they are still white. And they are also all tall, drop dead
gorgeous and, in my mind, model-esq. Which brings me to another point.
Not everyone in the world has six pack abs, is tall as hell, and have legs that go on for
day. Nor does everyone have a broad back or broad shoulders. And neither is
everyone well-endowed in both the chest, butt and penis area. In fact, when I
look around, I cannot find anyone to match that description. And I know that
this is a fantasy series with “ideal” men and women. But when reading this, I
also can’t help but compare myself to these characters. I know, it seems
stupid, but I do. I do compare myself. And the thing is, not everyone has the “ideal”
body. Rather, some people have curves, some have a small butt and small
breasts. Some people are strong, but don’t have muscles to prove it. Some
people are short and some are tall. And some do possess the attributes that SJM
describe Aelin, Feyre & Co. with having. But not everyone has that. And in
my opinion these characters don’t need to have those attributes to be described
as gorgeous. In fact, in Leigh Bardugo’s duology, Six of Crows, there are two
main character women. And one of the women has curves, while the other is a PoC.
Though they are just two in a small pool of diverse women in YA fantasy books,
that is just my point. There is not a lot of diverse characters. And yes, we
are as a society slowly moving forward with rectifying this, it is still slow.
Now, I’m not suggesting that
SJM re-write ToG and ACOTAR to accommodate my want for diversity. In fact, I
know she won’t even read this post. But the reason I feel like I should and I
want to post this is because of the ToG TV Show that is in the works.
I know many will disagree
with me, but with this TV Show, we don’t need a cast that fits the descriptions
of Aelin & Co. to the T. In fact, the only thing we really need is a great
script, amazing actors, and for the show to follow the series. (Oh, and have
Aelin have the Ashryver eyes, but that can be rectified with contacts)
But back to the point of
When I am scrolling
through the tags and see a PoC represent one of the main characters, or a drawing
of a person that doesn’t have that “ideal” body type for Aelin, Feyre & Co.
I am overwhelmed with a feeling of joy, satisfaction and justice. Because while
they may not be the description of the characters, I personally, feel like these
depictions are the way my favorite characters should be described. And so, to wrap this up, let’s start diversifying ToG and ACOTAR, if only in our fanfics and fan art.
And know many people will disagree with my on this
point, I get that, I accept that, and I respect that. But this is my personal
opinion so please, don’t attack me.
<b>Mor:</b> *eating breakfast*<p/><b>Rhys:</b> Mor, did you see Feyre today? She looked so pretty. Her eyes are so beautiful.<p/><b>Mor:</b> Yes, she looked very nice to-<p/><b>Rhys:</b> nICE?? MOR YOu DON'T GET IT. IT'S LIKE STarING AT THE sUN.<p/><b>Mor:</b> *nodding absently as she eats her protein bar* yes Rhys<p/></p>
I have not read a single book in the Wings of Fire series. Heck I havent even bothered to look at the actual covers of the books yet. My only jumping off point is hearing an acquaintance describe said series as “Warrior Cats, but with dragons”.
Using the wisdom of pictureless descriptions and vague information on the internet, I have managed to draw what I think several of the dragon species in the series would/should look like.
Me: “Oh look, a cool looking children’s book series about dragons. This should be a fun read.”
Book: “A violent shudder went through the SandWing’s whole body. He … flopped slowly onto his side on the sand. Disfiguring burns had melted his facial features, and his wings were charred into black strands between large holes. His talons had large scorch marks in the center of their palms.”
The second book: “She peeked around and saw Moray busily cleaning up the blood and bone fragments around the main hall.”
Also the second book: “The skinny green dragon was shrieking in one long, high-pitched scream. Tsunami stopped and pressed herself back against the wall, horrified. Queen Coral had already yanked out each of Tortoise’s teeth one by one. They rose through the water, tiny and white, toward the roof. Now Coral had her claws stabbed into Tortoise’s exposed underbelly. Clouds of blood filled the water, nearly hiding the queen and Tortoise in a red haze.”