YOU ARE THE HERO GOTHAM DESERVES
I’M CRYING BECAUSE OF THAT CAPTION
my package still hasn’t came i give up
did you try switching hands
I was mucking around with Audacity, listening to songs in reverse. For the fun of it, I put on everyone’s favorite song, Blurred Lines. And shockingly, I heard something I had never expected to hear. Robin Thicke was fooling us this whole time. He wasn’t trying to be misogynistic, he wanted us to listen closer to the song and understand that he in fact does believe his lady partner needs to be treated with the utmost respect.
You might find it VERY hard to believe, but I implore you to listen very closely (with headphones if you can, because it can be hard to hear). The message I’m talking about comes in around the 30 second mark.
this was beautiful
i love this post so much
oh my god he’s actually brilliant
i fucking called it
this is beautiful
…the future of Pizza (X)
YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS.
I hope all food is ordered this way in the future
yesterday in the car my mom said “theres always the one gay twin out of a pair” and my twin brother and I shot a glance at one another because we’re both the gay twin
Delphine LaLaurie was a sadistic socialite who lived in New Orleans. Her home was a chamber of horrors. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the mansion’s kitchen, and firefighters found two slaves chained to the stove. They appeared to have started the fire themselves, in order to attract attention. The firefighters were lead by other slaves to the attic, where the real surprise was. Over a dozen disfigured and maimed slaves were manacled to the walls or floors. Several had been the subjects of gruesome medical experiments. One man appeared to be part of some bizarre sex change, a woman was trapped in a small cage with her limbs broken and reset to look like a crab, and another woman with arms and legs removed, and patches of her flesh sliced off in a circular motion to resemble a caterpillar. Some had had their mouths sewn shut, and had subsequently starved to death, whilst others had their hands sewn to different parts of their bodies. Most were found dead, but some were alive and begging to be killed, to release them from the pain. LaLaurie fled before she could be bought to justice – she was never caught.
Holy shit this is real.
If you don’t think female psychopathic sadists arent the most terrifying members of history….you’re very VERY wrong.
holy crap I thought ahs made that up
DON’T WORRY HUMAN
I WILL TUNNEL US TO SAFETY
i dare you to rewatch all the episodes again with the knowledge that goto’s girlfriend is actually a figment of his imagination based off the girlfriend who went missing so long ago
Hidenori was sending himself e-mails. He would imagine how she’d have responded. At first I was very surprised. But if that was what it took to ease his pain. I had to accept it.
Not long ago, the lovely Tay tweeted me asking for my thoughts on dreamcasting for Dualed if it were to be made into a movie. More specifically, what I thought about Amandla Stenberg being cast as West Grayer.
Amandla is such a talented actress who was fantastic as Rue in The Hunger Games, so I tweeted back that she’d be great as West. How could she be anything but?
Tay then followed up with a link to an awesome fanmade Amandla-as-West edit that I happily reblogged on my author tumblr. And when I noted that the name of the tumblr that created the edit was actressesofcolor, I thanked Tay for reminding me about the importance of diversity in YA, a facet of the industry I was only becoming more and more aware of at the time.
And because despite all the articles I read about the dearth of many things POC in YA—writers, characters, proper character treatment on book covers, its lack of presence when it comes to the more mainstream awards, notables, lists, etc.—and despite being a POC writer myself, I don’t even always remember that all my characters in Dualed are, in fact, POC. Mixed, Asian—non-white.
My forgetfulness is because 1) like a lot of writers, once I’m done working on a book (in this case a duology, and I was already finishing up with Divided when Tay tweeted me), my thoughts move on to new projects with new characters; and 2) I wrote Dualed’s characters to be POC, but other than creating the setting so that the characters couldn’t be anything but mixed, race—and racism—are nonfactors in Dualed and its plot.
I wish I could say the reason why I wrote them to be POC was simply Why not? Because it’s true that my characters could have easily been all white as all colour. So there is that.
But most of my answer comes down to something more personal. It comes down to my being a kid and struggling through a childhood where racism was huge and being ostracized for the sound of your last name and language were routine. Where not being able to identify with anyone around you was a constant reminder of being different. Only after I moved to Vancouver—with its large Asian population—for school did my being Chinese become less of a thing. And I did feel safer there. Less noticeable. Acceptable.
It’s a shame that as a kid, I was embarrassed to be non-white.
My main escape came—of course—through books. Science fiction, contemporary, fantasy, horror…I loved it all. I loved the characters and the worlds and how everything evolved and resolved. It was a break to live in someone else’s head for a while, to enjoy their victories vicariously. I also realized how few of those books featured prominent POC characters, or were written by POC authors. Within millions of pages, I was a kid who experienced thousands of emotions and survived thousands of disasters and achieved thousands of goals. And not to diminish any of that, but much too little of it came about through characters whose eyes looked nothing like mine.
That’s a shame, too.
There are more YA books with POC characters now, and more POC YA authors, too. Still, both remain vastly underrepresented within the industry, and somehow that needs to change. Buying, reading, and talking about books with diverse characters are great starts, as is supporting POC authors.
My creating Dualed’s characters to all be POC was as much a conscious decision as a natural one, and it wasn’t simply to make up for the Chinese characters I couldn’t read about as a kid; I’m no longer one, and I no longer need them to look like me. I wrote my characters to be all shades and colours because I wanted them to look more like my kids. They are mixed, and of YA reading age, and I want them to be able to see themselves in characters much more than I ever did.
Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband and two kids, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). Her debut novel, DUALED, is available now. DIVIDED, the sequel to DUALED, will be published May 27th, 2014.