Backstories: Why Black Characters In Fantasy Need Them

A commenter with the supremely awesome nom de plume Rom, Spaceknight (I’m going to be Magnus, Robot Fighter in comment sections from here on) left an interesting question in the comments of my Dragon Age: Inquisitioning While Black post: I think African flavored fantasy is cool, and I have no problem with it at all…

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…

A Score of Roses Link Roundup

(image from the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook. I took this from Saladin Ahmed’s Twitter, and I’ll properly attribute it when I’m not posting from a phone.) There’ve been a couple of mentions of my story “A Score of Roses” recently that I wanted to share with everyone, because I’m a…

Elves of Color, The Color of Elves

I. The Color of Elves Last week the above picture of fans cosplaying as Drow was posted by the official Dungeons and Dragons twitter account. The internet saw this picture, and, as these things usually go, accusations of blackface surfaced: @Wizards_DnD @r_a_salvatore Guys given the recent shit you’re paddling through re: inclusiveness maybe posting blackface…

We Don’t Need Westeros

Two or three days ago, the forward-thinking geeks of twitter were set all abuzz by this article, wherein readers are treated to George R.R. Martin’s giving of answers directly from the handbook of oblivious white man talking points when he was confronted by fans about the lack of diversity in the hit show Game of Thrones: “Westeros…

Lessons About Story Crafting From Avatar: The Legend of Korra

WARNING: This post is NOT spoiler free, so if you haven’t watched Avatar: The Legend of Korra yet and you care about spoilers, stay back. Back, I say! If you’ve read this blog faithfully (or even sporadically), you might’ve picked up that I am a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. This next bit I say with…