I think I can speak for a lot of people – especially aromantic and asexual people – that romance (and sex!) are pretty boring subplots when they’re used constantly. In a book of my life, my subplot or plot B wouldn’t be about finding True Love or something like that…. so why does it have to be everyone’s?
Here’s am example: Jughead Jones in the Riverdale tv show. Jughead is asexual and aromantic, which is canon via the comics. So while his subplots in the show are 1) dating Betty and 2) joining a gang or whatever, they should be a lot different. Like…. food, because obviously my boy Jughead is in love with food more than he is with people.
So, I’ve compiled a list of other subplots that could be used instead of the really boring and stereotype-y “s/he finds love!!!”
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In all my time as a writer and reader, I’ve heard a lot of people ask why diversity in books (and tv shows, and movies) is important. Whether it’s for people of color, disabled people, mentally ill people, or lgbtqia+ people, people want diversity. And a lot of people don’t get why.
From about age 7, I had a role model in a book series that I liked. Like me, she had brown hair. She was white*. She liked books. She liked learning. And if you can guess where this is going, her name was Hermione Granger.
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If you know me at all, you probably know I’m aromantic and asexual. I’ve received tons of questions/comments on that, ranging from “isn’t that just celibacy?” to “do you still want a relationship?” and “every human being wants sex.” Believe me – it was just as confusing for me to figure it out as it is for allosexual/alloromantic people (aka, people who do feel sexual/romantic attraction) to get that I don’t feel the way they do.
There’s no warm happy fuzzy feelings when I see someone cute. If I DO think someone’s cute, it’s from an aesthetic point of view. And no, that’s not the same as romantic or sexual attraction – otherwise I’d be bi, seeing as I have swishes (aesthetic crushes, and yes, the name is funny) on both John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Do I want to date either of them? No. Do I want to wake up in the morning next to them and make pancakes? No. Do I think they’re both very pretty and good actors and wish I could somehow manage to capture how they look in my writing or in some other form of art? Yes, yes I do.
So, with further (or is it no further?) ado, here are some Frequently Asked Questions I’ve answered, and my explanations!
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Sadly there is no header for this post, because I got a new computer back in February and forgot to check to see what font I was using! Oh well, guess that means it’s time to switch to a new one?
I don’t think many people are checking this blog on a regular basis (except for my mom) but if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t updated for several months! When I got my new computer, I lost the password to my blog, and COMPLETELY spaced out on what it was until recently.
Plus, back in February, I was in the hospital. It wasn’t anything super serious – I was really depressed back in January and February, and I ended up being admitted to an inpatient stay. That, plus all the outpatient therapy I had to go through… well, I didn’t really want to get on my blog, or try to figure out my password.
But now I’m back, and will be writing more book reviews and the like! (Maybe I’ll even update on all the delicious food I’m gonna start making, because I am an Adult and Adults need to learn how to feed themselves.)
Anyways, you’ll be seeing me again soon!
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Sometimes, there are books that look REALLY good, and turn out not to be very good at all. Sometimes, there are books that don’t look very good, and turn out to be one of the best books ever. And sometimes, there are books that sit somewhat in the middle – either they look good and are okay, or they look bad and aren’t too bad at all.
This… is kind of one of those books. It was okay, but it wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad, though. It was pretty… interesting, and had a really authentic voice, and a few other things ( but I’ll get into those when I start the actual review. ) Plus, the cover matches my blog aesthetic! #important
There will be some minor spoilers below! I haven’t quite figured out how to hide spoilers, so please forgive me on that area. More major spoilers will be colored white, and you’ll have to hover over them to read them. Because for some reason you might want to read this book.
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In my years as a writer, I’ve noticed there’s a HUGE… well, not dislike, but I guess that’s the closest word? of fanfiction. Like Anne Rice and George R. R. Martin.
“Every writer needs to learn to create his own characters, worlds, and settings. Using someone else’s world is the lazy way out.” – George R. R. Martin.
“I do not allow fan-fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan-fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes.” – Anne Rice.
“OK, my position on fan-fic is pretty clear: I think it’s immoral, I know it’s illegal, and it makes me want to barf whenever I’ve inadvertently encountered some of it involving my characters.” – Diana Gabaldon.
Honestly, as a fanfic writer, that kind of makes me feel weird. I started out writing fanfiction when I was younger, on the Warrior Cat Forums ( the authors of the Warriors series encouraged it, from what I can tell. ) And without writing that fanfiction, I never would’ve been told I was pretty good at writing, to the point that I decided I wanted to write my own original works. ( I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember, I just started off writing fanfiction. )
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As fate would have it, there are really no couples in my novel. The main characters are 12, almost 13, but 12 nonetheless. Plus they are too busy doing other stuff and have no time for romances.
But! There is a relationship that is heavily in the background ( and since I think it’s somewhat cute, and I like the characters, I’ll probably end up writing a short story prequel of sorts about them ) between the main characters’ faerie mentor, Branwen, and her human husband, Iain Darrow.
So, because I really want to do the Beautiful People writing meme ( hosted by paper fury and further up and further in and also linked above via that lovely button ), and I have no other couples to write about ( yet! ), Branwen and Iain’s relationship will have to do.
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