4/26/2021 0 Comments
There are some books that immediately strike our minds when we talk about fantasy: Harry Potter Series, Lord of the Rings, ever favorite Game of Thrones, etc. We all know these books are entirely fictional and have like no chance of occurring in real life. They are the innovations of the authors, something that is confined to just those pages.
And moreover, people disregard fantasy nowadays. ‘It’s too childish!’ ‘You know that is never happening!’ ‘That is so stupid, what was the author doing?’ And if by chance they stumble upon creations like GOT, ‘Wait, isn’t that too dark for its genre?’ In fact, half of my family is considering the theory that my cousin’s introverted and absentmindedness has been born from reading too many novels!
But I will proudly say fantasy is a genre that will never ever get outdated (20 years of Harry Potter and it’s still alive and kicking, isn’t it?), and in fact with time, fantasy makes even more sense! (Archie comics predicted online schooling, didn’t they?) I personally began my venture into the reading realm with this genre, and let me say it, I fell in love. As a fantasy author, I can also feel how exciting it is to write such books, to have the power to do anything on those pages. Fiction is integral to our lives, and fantasy is one of the most important categories of fiction.
The Cliché and the Coveted:
In a survey done by yours truly, I have compiled from a range of groups their favorite (and least favorite) tropes in literature. A fair bit of it depends on personal preference, as indicated by the romantics making grabby hands at the newest heart-throbbing drama, and the academics picking apart every nook and cranny of their fiercely wordy novels. That preference can spring from a plethora of options, be it life experience, culture, or the urge to slap a band-aid over our own healing wounds via reading the stories we love.
Calling all avid readers and literati: submit a guest column about literature, and we'll publish it.
There was once a time in my life where I didn’t understand whom or what I would eventually become. I also didn't know how much of the weight on my chest would truly be lifted, and how much hope I would gain. What I also didn't realize was how much support I would have throughout my journey.
Literature undoubtedly plays a vital role in influencing the lives of humankind. That’s why diversity in books is so important to combat stereotypes and discrimination in society. However, writers and publishers have been slow to write marginalised people such as disabled characters, minority characters, LGBTQ+ characters and more.
I won’t specifically be talking about writing Black and LGBTQ+ characters today (Erica J. Kingdom already did an in-depth post about that here), but I’m here to discuss why you should include disabled characters in your work, how can you do it accurately and what harmful ideas you should avoid. I’m using detailed research and survey results I have consolidated, as well as my fourteen years of experience living with disabilities on this planet.