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Interesting new book coming out!

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.”

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Merladies - A representation fest

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.