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Elders who contribute meaningfully, whose experience & wisdom are respected. Collective policymaking (even in monarchies).
Just because Western (esp. American) narratives default to youthful, heroic individualism doesn’t mean it’s the only way to build a protagonist.
Domesticated species, architecture, etc. that make sense for the terrain/biome depicted. Even—or rather, especially—in #SFF, consistency in worldbuilding makes a story that much better.
Yes, I want more battle rhinoceroses. I admit it. #MSWL
Addendum: anger that masquerades as love, as idealism. Characters who persuade themselves of the righteousness of their own cause, who rationalize extremism born of a seed of compelling truth—because that’s how it so often begins.
You know what I’m talking about.
Different types of love & loyalty at war with each other, esp within the same person. Romantic love. Familial love. Love of country. Love for one’s people. Love for the downtrodden.
Love is stronger than hate, and opposing loves often make the most powerful conflicts.
Beautifully choreographed fight scenes that advance plot, develop character, and worldbuild.
Yes, #BlackPanther has the advantages of a visual medium. It’s harder in prose fiction, but it can be done so, so well. (See @FondaJLee.)
White characters interacting with non-white societies at a disadvantage. Non-white civilizations that do not exist for the white gaze, that treat with outsiders on their own terms. #Wakanda, and hundreds more nations like it. #SFF #MSWL
Postcolonialism 2.0: multifaceted conflicts that go beyond colonizer and colonized. Give me diaspora, give me infighting on all sides, give me vehement disagreement about a nation’s future that is borne of genuine patriotism and idealism. #SFF #MSWL #BlackPanther
Economically realistic motives for colonialism & war. Vibranium is spot-on as an analogue for resources that drove (historical & current) conquest: oil, gold, tea, slaves, spices...
#SFF is full of war stories; give ‘em better reasons than righteousness & border conflicts.
WOC in science who are brilliant, fearless, multifaceted, and celebrated for their contributions. (This last point is important.)
Shuri is the Disney Princess of my dreams. (I was a STEM kid; I have FEELS, ok?) #MSWL #SFF #BlackPanther
Kosoko Jackson add A PLACE FOR WOLVES on Goodreads @KosokoJacksonA friendly reminder before we start 2018 Twitter Pitch Season.
Not every book with a black MC can be "Black Panther meets XYZ."
Friendly reminder to publishing:
Not every diverse BOOK in the next 3 yrs can be "Black Panther meets XYZ."
Use this as your chance to EXPAND. pic.twitter.com/G5yig0m2bs
BLACK PANTHER. My heart is full; my brain is on fire.
I want stories like it in my inbox. I want to help them reach readers. But, as one wise writer notes, “#MSWL = #BlackPanther!” is reductionist—however truly felt.
So, a list of specific things I LOVED & want more of in #SFF:
Melissa Caruso @melisscaruI have one thing to say to all the agents and editors who will be receiving novels containing swordfights in ballgowns in 6 months. pic.twitter.com/yMiUpXkLFH
heidi heilig @heidiheiligmy soul is so full of hate these days. i wonder how many other people out there will point to Nov 2016 as their villain origin story.
Katherine Fabian @krfabianConcept: Werewolves with irregular shifting cycles
“Yeah, I haven’t shifted in, like—“ *checks app* “—42 days? So I’m just chaining myself up in the basement every night, you know? A bit annoying, but it saves on mess.”
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanWar disproportionately/differently impacts different populations w/in the same society. Veterans vs civilians, but also: different socioecon groups, industries (wartime vs peacetime economies), urban vs rural, ethnic minorities—esp ones w/ historic ties to "the enemy." #MSWL #SFF
I see lots of books about kings, generals, &c.—the people who get to make decisions that shape a nation. But theirs aren't the only stories about war, nor always the most interesting—or necessary. (& history is full of great generals who became AWFUL peacetime leaders) #MSWL #SFF
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanAlso, there are multiple narratives in any conflict. Whose story are you telling—and why? Is it the most interesting version of this war? Give me postwar occupation, colonialism-in-the-name-of-peace, refugees/displacement, war crimes trials, &c. #MSWL #SFF twitter.com/mary_c_moore/s…
War disproportionately/differently impacts different populations w/in the same society. Veterans vs civilians, but also: different socioecon groups, industries (wartime vs peacetime economies), urban vs rural, ethnic minorities—esp ones w/ historic ties to "the enemy." #MSWL #SFF
Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore@Sarah_Guan pic.twitter.com/gejqD56win
Also, there are multiple narratives in any conflict. Whose story are you telling—and why? Is it the most interesting version of this war? Give me postwar occupation, colonialism-in-the-name-of-peace, refugees/displacement, war crimes trials, &c. #MSWL #SFF twitter.com/mary_c_moore/s…
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanMy #VeteransDay #MSWL: we see a LOT of war in #SFF. I get it—fate of empires, epic battles—exciting stuff. But what about the aftermath? What happens when the veterans come home? Give me counseling centers, VA hospitals, retraining for civilian jobs, running for local office, &c.
On a less individual scale—how does a nation shift from wartime to peacetime governance? Citizens will forgive a shocking amount of tyranny in the face of a clear foreign threat. Is the administration willing to give up those powers when the war ends? If not—what then? #MSWL #SFF