People tell me I look mournful. They say, “Cheer up, Dan, it’s not that bad!” Sometimes I just look into space, which freaks people out. If I was ever required to do anything other than look haunted, I could. I’m a happy person. 


 He turned out so great looking. Thank you whoever cast the first Harry potter movie.
People tell me I look mournful. They say, “Cheer up, Dan, it’s not that bad!” Sometimes I just look into space, which freaks people out. If I was ever required to do anything other than look haunted, I could. I’m a happy person.
He turned out so great looking. Thank you whoever cast the first Harry potter movie.
nprbooks:

Ann Leckie’s debut novel, the space opera Ancillary Justice, has won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel. The book, which is narrated by the artificial intelligence of a starship that has been transplanted into a single body, has been sweeping up many of the major sci-fi and fantasy awards, including the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards. In a review for NPR, Genevieve Valentine wrote, “A space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias, Ancillary Justice is an absorbing thousand-year history, a poignant personal journey, and a welcome addition to the genre.”
Other winners of this year’s Hugo include John Chu’s “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” for best short story and Charles Stross’ Equoid for best novella.

More book news here.

nprbooks:

Ann Leckie’s debut novel, the space opera Ancillary Justice, has won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel. The book, which is narrated by the artificial intelligence of a starship that has been transplanted into a single body, has been sweeping up many of the major sci-fi and fantasy awards, including the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards. In a review for NPR, Genevieve Valentine wrote, “A space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias, Ancillary Justice is an absorbing thousand-year history, a poignant personal journey, and a welcome addition to the genre.”

Other winners of this year’s Hugo include John Chu’s “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” for best short story and Charles Stross’ Equoid for best novella.

More book news here.

I worry that the diversity conversation is getting bogged down in extremism. Writers should include diverse characters because it's realistic--our world is diverse. And we all should read diverse books and fight publishers who won't publish them. But this idea that every book must be a pantheon of diversity, that white or straight protagonists are no longer acceptable, and that every diverse character must be a billboard of culture and adversity--that is positively absurd! WRITE PEOPLE, the end.

Anonymous

pocwritinggroup:

writingwithcolor:

Nobody is forcing you.

Nobody said that white or straight protagonists are no longer acceptable. We want to add PoC and LGBTQIAP+ protagonists for readers who are in those groups, because they have so very little representation to begin with. Nobody said anything about taking the white or straight ones away. The fact that you’ve written in here with this Ask says a lot about your attitude, and it’s nothing good.

You have misunderstood the purpose of what we’re trying to do. The end.

-WWC

Anon fears the erasure of white/straight protagonists. They try to sound supportive, but towards the end you can see their true intentions with words like “pantheon of diversity” and “billboard of culture and adversity.” 

Ten thousand years of sighing

wondereads:


Bloomsbury Children’s Books are to reinvent the children’s hardback and paperback editions of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. Redesigned inside and out, all seven books will feature covers by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle. Along with the brand new artwork, and an updated author biography, the editions will also be reset to create a child-friendly reading experience for a new generation of readers. The titles will also contain highlights from Pottermore, the digital platform for Harry Potter. All seven titles will be published on 1st September 2014.

Read more here!

wondereads:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books are to reinvent the children’s hardback and paperback editions of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. Redesigned inside and out, all seven books will feature covers by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle. Along with the brand new artwork, and an updated author biography, the editions will also be reset to create a child-friendly reading experience for a new generation of readers. The titles will also contain highlights from Pottermore, the digital platform for Harry Potter. All seven titles will be published on 1st September 2014.

Read more here!

kellyangel:

I made this long Twilight summary a while back but I never shared the whole thing with you tumblr. I should probably point out that I’ve only seen 2 of the movies and not read any of the books so there might be 1 or 2 teensy errors…. 

hello! I was wondering if you had any recs for books with nonbinary characters? It really makes me sad that I can't find ANY books where nb people are protagonists... thanks!

Anonymous

queermediarepresentation:

Yes, we do! No where near as many as we’d like, i’m afraid, but I can point you in the direction of a few at least. As someone who is cis and not non binary I apologize if I get anything wrong in the following recs. The recs below are a mix of non binary and genderfluid, I hope you don’t mind.

First is Static, with a genderfluid main character who can literally shift between male and female genders, we’ve written a review on it here if you want to check that out. There is also a trans character who’s in it pretty often. Make sure you pay attention to the trigger warnings because there are quite a few. I’m not 100% sure if this is what you want because the main character goes between identifying as male and female rather than being non binary. 

According to riptidepublishing “Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler is a non-traditional vampire novel (they eat chi) set in a sort of dystopian future, and that features non binary characters who tend toward androgynous.”

Wallflower by Heidi Belleau is a new adult self-discovery/contemporary romance novel that features a genderqueer character. Again, not precisely non-binary, but the character explores being both male and female and ultimately does not put a label on anything. (description of this and blacker than black taken from Riptide’s tumblr.)

Every Day by David Levithan has a non binary character who switches bodies every day though I don’t think the fact that the character is non binary is touched on much, I haven’t read it personally so if anyone else knows let us know.

Xavin from the Runaways graphic novel series is an alien who doesn’t see gender in the same way as humans, while she uses her female form most she does take male form pretty often too. Xavin becomes romantically involved with Karolina who is a lesbian. 

Compared to the rec list I published earlier this is so short, and I’m sorry about that, I wish I had more for you. I’m opening this up to any followers who might know more so keep an eye on the tags in case they reblog this with suggestions.

-Lauren

blackpaint20:

A Danse Macabre, (1891-1893)
William Strang

blackpaint20:

A Danse Macabre, (1891-1893)

William Strang

anguis218:

Portrait of Katheryn of Berain, “The Mother of Wales” (detail)Adriaen van Cronenburgh1568

anguis218:

Portrait of Katheryn of Berain, “The Mother of Wales” (detail)
Adriaen van Cronenburgh
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