Professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas stops by to talk about her book “The Dark Fantastic”, and yes, we deep dive into all sorts of discussion about and around #BlackGirlMagic, specifically focused on four stories with passionate fandoms — The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, BBC’s Merlin, and The Vampire Diaries — and how representation reflects (or doesn’t) characters in fictional worlds and how in most cases, those black characters are trapped in a particular story path.
We also talk about stories that focus women and girls of color as the heroes and not the sidekick or the inspiration for other protagonists (typically through some sort of personal sacrifice), the four steps in the cycle of the dark fantastic (spectacle, hesitation, violence and haunting), ways better storytelling can break this cycle, and so much more!
You have until March 13 to vote for “The Dark Fantastic” for this year’s Hugo ballot!
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