On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles

The Belles is the type of young adult novel that teens and adults alike will want to read. It is a novel perfect for the post-Disney Princess era in which girls and women have been taught to revere royalty, but not to sit around and just look pretty waiting for their white knight to save them. The girls in the story are pretty and strong and feisty and independent and quite proactive. It has all of the pomp and circumstance of Marie Antoinette’s royal court, the magic of a Harry Potter novel plus a fantastical take on Mean Girls. In a word, it is perfect amalgamation of what the people want. Continue reading On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles

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Back To The Future With Octavia Butler’s Kindred

I found Octavia Butler’s Kindred on Audible last year. Her name sounded familiar and I knew that she was a famous writer, known for some sort of fiction that I didn’t typically read. She was a science fiction writer. A spinner of fantastical yarns. Not my normal reading fare, and yet, I felt a bit ashamed not knowing more about her. My life literally began with a love for the written word. My father named me after the poet Nikki Giovanni. I have immersed myself in writing and reading and novels my entire life, and I consider myself knowledgeable about most of the female authors one should know when they care about such things. I should have known who Octavia Butler was and why she is considered one of the best science fiction writer Continue reading Back To The Future With Octavia Butler’s Kindred