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Somebody told a real life woman that her skin was too brown to play an imaginary creature. That basically in the whole fictional world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where you have dragons and trolls and talking trees, where you draw the line, where imagination is capped out, no more room, is for a brown hobbit.
Like firery eyeball thing, no problem but don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. That shit will blow your mind.
This is something that I’ve wanted to do with Black Mask & Pale Rider. Put in more diversity into a fantasy setting. I have a plot organized which would end up being a huge arc that crosses over between Earth and the elven home world. The story on Earth would follow Shani and Pania joined by a North West Mounted Police constable and a Metis journeyman (basically an adventurer) as they search for Pania’s younger sister. On their home world, the story would stretch from the nation of Brytalonia and pick up characters along the way to fight against a great evil.
The diversity would come in the form of the characters. Frigg Elva Xanthe, adopted daughter of Heinrich and Hildegaar Xanthe and sister to Avalona. A black elven woman born of the eastern Muhareen elves. Then there’s the queen of Semerkhet who leads her army to join the fight. The Judan elves who march across the desert. The Muhareen join the battle with the Riders of the Muhareen. Which is revealed they don’t ride horses, they ride dragons.
There would be Arabic representations, black representations, and even Native American representations because on Earth, where Pania’s younger sister was taken, it’s the members of Chief Whitecap’s tribe who find her and give her shelter.
It would be cool to see a movie like that. And there shouldn’t be anybody who’s claiming “historical inaccuracies” because we’re talking about elves and pixies and dragons. There is only one historical accuracy that would need to be followed faithfully, because the time when Shani and Pania arrive on Earth is 1885, during the Riel Rebellion in the Saskatchewan territory.
I’ve done a little bit of research and I’ve found that every culture and race on Earth has their own equivalent to elves and pixies and dragons. From African cultures to Native American cultures to Middle Eastern and Asian. There is no reason why fantasy characters such as elves have to be white.
We do not publish “reverse discrimination” stories. ”Reverse discrimination” stories are single issue stories that follow a predictable premise: what if [privileged real life group] was actually discriminated against/oppressed/un-privileged?
Examples: what if most of society was gay, and straight people were the discriminated minority? What if most male babies were killed and men were kept just for breeding? What if everyone was intersex, and cis-sexual people were considered “freaks”? Etc.
Not only are these “single issue” stories about discrimination (usually by authors with no real life experience with the forms of discrimination described, it’s just made up), these stories do not further our mission of promoting the inclusion and representation of real life minorities in spec fic. In fact, these stories do exact the opposite — they pretend that privileged, majority authors can understand and write about the dis-privileged/minority/oppressed perspective if they just turn the tables in a simplistic, linear thought experiment.
These stories also often frame the real-life oppressed people as the new oppressors: violent, insensitive, bigoted, etc. We believe the spec fic world does not need more “Poor oppressed men! Poor oppressed straight people! etc.” stories. These stories only marginalize already marginalized people even more. Please let minority/dis-privileged authors speak for themselves.
“I’ve been REGULARLY getting plots pretty much like this in the Expanded Horizons slush pile for the four years we’ve been running the magazine. They’re standard fare, even though we have several explicit guidelines telling writers not to send them…which is less a “guideline” and more of a “no really, don’t send us this crap” rule…
“These stories are a dime a dozen. I’ve seen it with LGBT issues, with racial issues, with gender issues, and with other axes of identity. The concept is not new, not creative, not original, not fresh, and not clever. For any axis of real-world privilege, there are sci fi authors (and would-be authors) who think they are so clever for making themselves (as real-world privileged people) the “new oppressed people, oh woe is us!”
“…The sad truth is that this is the status quo of the slush pile, even for a magazine that explicitly demands that these stories not be sent to it. Usually, in my opinion, the authors are not explicitly setting out to be -ist, but they really misunderstand very basic things about How Oppression Works, and it shows, and it hurts.”