1. malindalo:

As I said last night on twitter: To everyone who thinks it’s bizarre or shocking or scary to write lesbians into fantasy novels: do it anyway. It is awesome is what it is.
To clarify because this is tumblr and now I have more than 140 characters, what I mean is every so often I see someone blogging or tumblring or tweeting about how difficult they find the concept of writing about lesbians is, especially in speculative fiction. And by difficult I mean they really want to — maybe they’re lesbians themselves — but they’ve been conditioned by the mainstream to believe that (1) lesbians don’t exist in fantasy so if you put them in there it will be “bizarre”; (2) putting lesbians in fantasy will shock mainstream readers and thus the story/novel won’t sell so it’s not worth the time to write it*; (3) writing lesbians is scary because there are so few of them in SFF what if you get it wrong/it’s frightening to write something you desperately want to see/myriad other writerly fears based on marginalization.
So that explanation went on longer than I anticipated. There are lots of fears. They can stop you. But I hope you’ll push through them to the other side, which is full of awesome lesbians in fantasy! (And every other genre, I might add.)
* This was my biggest fear before I wrote Ash.

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    malindalo:

    As I said last night on twitter: To everyone who thinks it’s bizarre or shocking or scary to write lesbians into fantasy novels: do it anyway. It is awesome is what it is.

    To clarify because this is tumblr and now I have more than 140 characters, what I mean is every so often I see someone blogging or tumblring or tweeting about how difficult they find the concept of writing about lesbians is, especially in speculative fiction. And by difficult I mean they really want to — maybe they’re lesbians themselves — but they’ve been conditioned by the mainstream to believe that (1) lesbians don’t exist in fantasy so if you put them in there it will be “bizarre”; (2) putting lesbians in fantasy will shock mainstream readers and thus the story/novel won’t sell so it’s not worth the time to write it*; (3) writing lesbians is scary because there are so few of them in SFF what if you get it wrong/it’s frightening to write something you desperately want to see/myriad other writerly fears based on marginalization.

    So that explanation went on longer than I anticipated. There are lots of fears. They can stop you. But I hope you’ll push through them to the other side, which is full of awesome lesbians in fantasy! (And every other genre, I might add.)

    * This was my biggest fear before I wrote Ash.

    Listen when a ten is talking. 

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  3. Do you think other recappers of pll get as many people saying they should write exactly what ~they want to read and ~their specific interpretation of events/ships/etc -- or is that specific to you?

    I think it’s specific to all writers who write for minority groups. Representation for LGBTQ peoples is better than ever, but it’s still sparse, so it matters a lot what sites like AfterEllen say. I don’t blame people for wanting to read what they want to read. Luckily I’ve been doing this long enough that people hollering at me about that doesn’t bother too much anymore. I work really hard to be an awesome ambassador for the lesbian/bi community — with my brainparts and my heatrparts and my soulparts — and I’m content in that knowledge. :)

  4. Hi Heather. Just wanted to say I love your recaps, regardless of ships. Reading your PLL-recaps, and any other, is just great. I hope AfterEllen holds on to you for a looong time. Also, do you think there are any real chances Alison is honest (for once) about her feelings for Emily. My baby-dyke-heart almost wishes for it even though I'm a Paily-shipper at heart.

    Thanks so much! 

    If Alison really is honest, it’ll be a love story for the ages. It’s almost like Paige healed herself and Emily is the only person who can heal Ali, right? At this point, that’s what I’m seeing, but only if Alison is for real. (And I have a hard time believing she is, just based on pretty much every flashback we have ever seen of her.)

    I’m not writing off Emison. What I’m saying is: What I know right at this moment in time makes me not want them together right now at this moment in time. We’re in the middle of maybe the most bizarre (and bizarrely complicated!) story on earth. I will declare my endgame allegiance only after Tippi has sung her final funeral lament. :)

  5. Which Hogwarts Houses would you sort the characters of Pretty Little Liars into? Personally I see the four main Liars as being Aria in Ravenclaw, Spencer in Slytherin, Hanna in Gryffindor, and Emily in Hufflepuff. Would you agree? And what about the other characters of Rosewood?

    Yep, that’s how I see it too! 

    Mona, Jenna, and Melissa all seem Slytherin to me too, which makes me want to be evil a little bit, but I feel dirty just saying that, is how much of a Hufflepuff I am. And I think Paige is kind of a Slytherin too. It’s tricky. The line between Gryffindor and Slytherin is practically imperceptible if you even just squint. 

  6. Reading your amazing replies to the PLL fans just reminds me why you're my favorite recap journalist and Hufflepuff. I may not tweet you like I used whenever I read your recaps but I still love you and pretty much everything you say from a safe distance.... More precisely from the other side of the Atlantic ocean. Anyhow, please keep going because I'm loving to read the replies! (Also that Mona was is totally Hanna, like cannon of the cannon of the cannon)

    Thanks, lady! 

  7. I agree with the other anon. I adore your writing but the bias with Paige/Paily is so hard to stomach that I have to skip that part of the recaps b/c it feels like you are writing about fan fiction Paige and Paily, not canon Paige. I want interesting and engaging stories about queer girls and right now, Alison and Emily have angst and mystery. Ali may be a psychopath but it's interesting to watch. I'm willing to let the story play out before writing her off so quickly. lots more PLL to go.

    Totally fair. But I mean, that’s the thing about recapping: You have to respond to what you just saw added to the things you’ve been watching for five seasons. What we’ve seen from Ali for five seasons plus what I see now makes me not trust her. If the story plays out differently, I’m not falling on some kind of Paige-shaped sword (wanky!). I’m reacting to what I see now. You can’t withhold judgment on a thing and write interesting recaps every week. It’s impossible. 

  8. Peyton, brooke, or brooke and peyton together?

    I just kind of want Hilarie Burton to record all the audio books I listen to? 

  9. Which do you prefer: adult dramas or teen dramas?

    I just prefer the things that make me laugh and make me think. Swooning is a bonus but not a neccessity. 

  10. Do you watch Rookie Blue? And if so, what's your opinion on Gail/Holly?

    I do not, sadly. It’s on my list and if I had a Time-Turner I would absolutely be all over it. One day maybe! (Or maybe not! Maybe we’ve finally reached the age where no one person — except PunkyStarshine — can watch all the lesbian TV!)