Unfortunately, the show is wrong, on both counts. Changing a scene from consensual sex to rape is not just a pedantic issue of accuracy—it’s a problem with story. The Daenerys Targaryen who falls in love with a man who granted her respect when no one else would is different from the Daenerys Targaryen who fell in love with her rapist. It changes that relationship. (Dany falling in love with Drogo, and calling him her “sun and stars,” makes a whole lot more sense now, doesn’t it?)
Similarly, Jaime is a figure of chivalric love in the books—despite his arrogance and ruthlessness, his devotion and sense of duty to Cersei, the only woman he has ever loved, is so fervent as to border on adoration. Admittedly, the show can’t rely on his point-of-view chapters, as the book does, to communicate that love. But given what we have seen Cersei Lannister capable of—her ex-husband is hardly the only man she’s had killed—is it even conceivable that she would stand for it? Jaime raping Cersei is a major anomaly for these two characters—even based purely on what we’ve seen in the show. It’s just not something that either character would do.
“ … the world is a fabrication of the will. Art—always—requires visible unrealities … Let us admit what all idealists admit: the hallucinatory nature of the world. Let us do what few idealists have done: seek unrealities which confirm that nature. ”
the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to a endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.
A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told her I would write something about it that might help. So, here we have it: How to write POC without pissing everyone off and doing a horrible job.
In general, it comes down to three things. Research, Persistence and Consideration. Also. for the point of this essay, I am going to use Black women, Native Women and Mixed Race women as they each represent different individual (yet very important) racial struggles that need consideration.
1. Research is by far the most important thing. EVER. For this example, I am going to use black women.
It is important to start by trying your hardest to forget anything you think you know about black women and black female identity. As a white person, anything you would know about them you probably learned from media that is not controlled by or monitored by black women themselves. Meaning that it is likely not a good representation of black women at all. Or maybe you just have a black friend.
Which you should consider in the same way you would a control group for a science experiment.
One or two subjects would not provide conclusive evidence in regards to any hypothesis. Having one or two or even five black friends can’t help you with understanding the complex history of black discourse….
In order to start from scratch, I would first spend some time reading literature written by black women for black women. Learning the way black women have discourse among each other is the first step to understanding their perspective AND emulating their voice. Literature is the genre of media where POC have the most liberty (unlike film) to discuss certain topics or parts of their identity.
Then, I would delve into “complaints”. There are thousands upon thousands of articles where black women complain about their portrayal in media. These complaints are both valid and often eloquently expressed. It is important for you to know, what things black women (WOC) are already so fucking tired of seeing in regards to incorrect or offensive portrayals of themselves. Not only will it help you avoid making the same mistakes as white writers before you (an example of this: Arthur Golden and the hot mess that is Memoirs of a Geisha), But it will also get you upset about certain ways black women (POC women in general) are portrayed, and make you want to write them better. This can improve your writing in that not only will you avoid being offensive, but you now have the chance to be progressive and kick stereotypes out the window!
Finally, I would take some time to follow some tumblr blogs that are run by the group you’re trying to write. This part of the research can really help because you’ll get a first hand, contemporary dialogue about issues within the specific POC community. Which leads me to my second topic…
As a white writer who doesn’t want to write stories filled with only white people, this is important for me to think about. I went to a panel about this sort of thing at AWP and while it was interesting and useful I think this post was every bit as useful and gave me a lot to think about.
Sooo……. I joined Tumblr in November 2008. Since then I have posted 133 times. I realized that as of this moment I have liked 7,133 posts. Meaning, of course, that over these many years I have felt compelled to click “like” (heart!) on posts 7,000 more times than I have been compelled to post or reblog. I am pretty sure this says something about me. Not really sure what though, but it’s probably unflattering. *shrug*
I suppose this post will make it 134, but I don’t think it will take me long to like something again. I have a not-posting-enough problem, and I have a liking-too-many-posts problem. I really do intend to post more. And maybe make another Tumblr or two, one that’s more writer-oriented, one that’s more fandom or whatever….. it will happen someday… someday….
"Hannibal" paper doll: Dress up Dr. Lecter with your very own cut-out cannibal! (Designed by Jayme Perry)
I don’t know what’s more enjoyable, the Hannibal TV show or the fandom for the TV show (official sources and otherwise). I mean, who doesn’t need a paper doll of everyone’s favorite cannibal?? That just goes without saying. Complete with dapper swag suit, plastic murder suit, yes-it’s-people kitchen chic, and a Will-Graham-vision “wendigo” head. I’m a little skeptical however, about Hannibal’s underwear. I’d expect something more like a smoking jacket or nice robe, velvet slippers, maybe some paisley somewhere.