It’s Time To Retire the “Make Your Own” Argument

It’s a wonderful time to be a nerd on the internet, more or less. There are inclusive spaces almost everywhere, and many of these inclusive communities are doing a great job holding gatekeepers and tastemakers responsible for the chronic lack of diversity in mainstream media properties. Nerds have become the best kind of pop/geek culture critics by…

Here (Not) Be Dragons: Mirror Empire and the Search for Imaginative Fantasy

A Quick History When I say Fantasy Novel, you say– You probably sighed and said “Swords”. Or “Castles”. Or “Wizards”. Or “Dragons” or “Eternal Evil” or “Destiny”. And you’re not wrong. Many of the works that are considered canon for the Fantasy genre feature these elements because of the genre’s roots in supernaturally embellished tales of old: …Homer’s…