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18 January 2019 @ 12:32 pm
I've been waiting and waiting for an academic / meta book that considers BBC Merlin - and here's the first I'm aware of, from NYU Press, with thanks to my sister for the rec. It's not due out until 21 May 2019, alas!

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games
by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Blurb: Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This problem lies not only with children’s publishing, but also with the television and film executives tasked with adapting these stories into a visual world. When characters of color do appear, they are often marginalized or subjected to violence, reinforcing for audiences that not all lives matter.

The Dark Fantastic is an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction. Grounded in her experiences as YA novelist, fanfiction writer, and scholar of education, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some of the most popular stories of the early 21st century: Bonnie Bennett from the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Rue from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Gwen from the BBC’s Merlin, and Angelina Johnson from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Analyzing their narratives and audience reactions to them reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world.

In response, Thomas uncovers and builds upon a tradition of fantasy and radical imagination in Black feminism and Afrofuturism to reveal new possibilities. Through fanfiction and other modes of counter-storytelling, young people of color have reinvisioned fantastic worlds that reflect their own experiences, their own lives. As Thomas powerfully asserts, “we dark girls deserve more, because we are more.”

Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42129087-the-dark-fantastic

 
 
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16 July 2018 @ 05:40 pm




merlinreverse is going to run again this year after taking a break last season. But we'll be back and better than ever this fall!

For updated rules/FAQ, check out this post here, and to check the schedule, see this post here.

We're looking forward to this new challenge, and we hope so are you!
 
 
01 February 2018 @ 06:50 am


A representation fest
February 26- March 4th


As femslash February simmers down, I invite the fandom to keep the lady positivity alive just a few days longer! As we know, the characters of Merlin are predominantly, well, male. This fest is to celebrate the female characters of Merlin - whether they’re a main character or in one episode only or anything in-between, as well as to be deliberate in our interpretation of characters who are not cis men. This fest will celebrate fanworks about canonically female characters, gender/sex re-interpretations of characters (cisswap/exploring different gender headcanons), and bring together the fandom around these awesome characters. All a work needs to do to be included is feature a canonically female character or a clever re-imagining of existing characters.


As a part of the week there will be:

  • Opportunity to submit unique works

  • Daily prompts

  • Lists of recommendations of existing fanarts/fanworks


There will be more information about these items as it approaches fest time- We start taking recommendations in February.
 
 
13 June 2017 @ 10:32 am
ICONS (34):
- Katie McGrath (+ characters)
- Merlin

preview:

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29 April 2017 @ 04:19 pm


the_pendragons have just opened their fourth Merlin Re-Watch discussion for 1x04 The Posioned Chalice! While, they are an Arthur/Gwen community, all Merlin fans are very much welcome and encouraged to join us. The episode discussion will run for 7 days. To join us, please click HERE OR join us on Chatzy HERE ! We hope to see you there!
 
 
 
20 April 2017 @ 06:36 pm


the_pendragons have just opened our third Merlin Re-Watch discussion for 1x03 The Mark of Nimueh! While, we are an Arthur/Gwen community, all Merlin fans are very much welcome and encouraged to join us. The episode discussion will run for 7 days. To join us, please click HERE OR join us on Chatzy HERE ! We hope to see you there!
 
 
12 April 2017 @ 10:54 am



A fandom auction to help finance the second Merthur OTP Convention.
To visit the Auction and/or learn more about it, click the banner.
For more information on COiNELOT, visit
@coinelot on tumblr.

 
 
09 April 2017 @ 01:14 pm
24 ICONS:
- Katie McGrath: Slasher, Supergirl, Leading Lady, Merlin
- Colin Morgan: The Living and The Dead, Good Omens, Humans
- Merlin TV: Arthur Pendragon, Morgana Pendragon



more HERE
 
 
03 April 2017 @ 07:07 pm
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the_pendragons have just opened our second Merlin Re-Watch discussion for 1x02 Valiant! While, we are an Arthur/Gwen community, all Merlin fans are very much welcome and encouraged to join us. The episode discussion will run for 7 days. To join us, please click HERE! We hope to see you there!
 
 
19 March 2017 @ 11:48 am
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Due to no one participating in our Re-Watch discussion for 1x01 The Dragon's Call last week, I've decided to extend it for this week. So now you'll have until Saturday the 25th of March to participate. Join the Re-watch Discussion here!

We hope to see you all there!