Unless you’ve been under a rock since late 2015, when The Force Awakens came out, you probably know about Kylo Ren. He’s the whiny, inspired-by-nazis, bratty man child who tons of women in their late twenties and early thirties are in love with… and all his behavior gets hand-waved away by these fans because he’s “attractive” (excuse me for having good taste in men, but no, he’s really not), because he “had a bad childhood” (excuse my language but SHOW ME THE FUCK WHERE?), and also because of one very important fact…
“But Cade!” I hear you saying. “What does that have to do with anything?”
Look me in the (metaphorical) eyes and tell me that if a man who tortures, injures, is based off a Nazi, whines, throws temper tantrums, killed a bunch of people would be loved by everyone if he was, for example, played by a black dude.
“People like that guy from, ummm,” you say, spinning a wheel to find a villain of color whom everyone likes. I’m gonna guess you can’t find one who’s done everything Kylo has. If you have found a villain who’s murdered, tortured, whines, throws temper tantrums, is a Nazi, and happens to be a person of color, congratulations!! You’ve hit the jackpot!
You know what your reward is?
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When I wake up every day, my motivation is to get out of bed, get school/work done, and talk to my friends. And, hopefully, to get some writing done! Pretty much everyone has some kind of motivation – whether that’s to succeed at school/work, spend time with their family, etc.
And in fiction, motivation is VERY important. Without it, where would any novel go?
Take Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, for example. Early into the book, Percy discovers he’s a demigod – the son of a Greek god and a mortal mother. His mortal mother is captured by another god, who thinks Percy stole something of his. Percy’s motivation is to get his mother back, no matter the cost.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss’ motivation is to keep her family fed and safe. When her sister’s name is reaped for the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers so that her sister isn’t harmed – even if that means that Katniss will probably die. She loves her sister and wants what’s best for her.
Now, both of their motivations change over time, but still keep the same core – they want to protect someone. Percy eventually ends up at the center of a prophecy that could change the world, and Katniss at the heart of a rebellion. But both Percy and Katniss want to protect their families, their friends, and the people around them.
This is a value.
Both Katniss and Percy value their friends and families – their relationships, if you will. So their motivations largely center around their values.
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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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