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thesadnessofpencils:

Emphasis mine:

While I never say “never,” the likelihood of a transgendered lead character is so slim as to be invisible.

Here is why. I support myself with my writing; I do not have the luxury of writing books for special-interest audiences. In my limited experience,

This sort of thing always pisses me off from a social justice perspective but it also INSULTS ME AS A READER. I mean, seriously, Lackey is assuming a lot when she assumes that cis readers would BE BORED by a trans narrative. What the hell is that? If it’s a boring read, it ain’t because trans characters are by default boring - it’s because she tends, magical sparkleponies aside, to write really whiney characters. Vanyel isn’t whiney because he’s gay - he’s whiney because HE IS A WHINEY PERSON.

Oh, Mercedes Lackey, this is fail.

Man, I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy since I learned how to read. I’ve been relating to characters who were not at all like myself for just that long. I think pretty much everyone else who isn’t a white male has been doing the same because, you know, science fiction and fantasy have been written from one perspective for a really long time. CHANGE IT UP. I’m tired of reading the same damn story.

  1. jkthinkythoughts reblogged this from cabell
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  3. tonidorsay reblogged this from gcvsa and added:
    I recall seeing it a while back, and I also recall her being much, much more nuanced than this excerpt...
  4. gcvsa reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    Does anyone have a reference for this?
  5. obstinatecondolement reblogged this from cabell and added:
    Ugh. UGH. Thanks so much, Misty, you sure know how to make a person feel weird and freaky.
  6. halloweenismybday reblogged this from twelvefootmountaintroll and added:
    ^ EXACTLY. Lol at cis douchebags making me even more in the mood to work on my comics that actually feature trans people
  7. tronlives reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis
  8. rabbitglitter reblogged this from sailordoooom and added:
    MERCEDES LACKEY WRITES BULLSHIT FOR A LIVING ANYWAY. POO ON YOU.
  9. marcinhaunts reblogged this from twelvefootmountaintroll and added:
    Oh, ML, I am disappoint. I was so influenced by Vanyel’s trilogy as a kid—I can honestly say it changed my life. Why are...
  10. dasheroyjackolantern reblogged this from tigerfeel
  11. katimus reblogged this from plaiddingsbyplaidofplaidness and added:
    Everything I’ve heard about Mercedes Lackey is true. ._. Why would anyone in the spotlight with a (dying, potentially...
  12. sailordoooom reblogged this from sadkhajiit and added:
    I’ve never heard of this writer until right now, but HOLY FUCKING SHIT. I do not have the luxury of writing books for...
  13. anlamasanda reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    "Impenetrably nonsensical transbigotry" is such a good phrase. I feel a little guilty, as always, for not sitting down...
  14. sadkhajiit reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    Didn’t you notice? Didn’t you notice? DIDN’T YOU NOTICE? [image is a photo of hunter giving a disbelieving side eye to...
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  16. plaiddingsbyplaidofplaidness reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    I am dismayed, but not surprised, as Lackey’s attitudes towards sexuality in writing - in general - have always come off...
  17. thestripedsummer reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    CLEARLY people can be interested in transgender characters, there are two big movies coming out in which the main...
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  19. edoro reblogged this from tigerfeel and added:
    Gosh wow it’s like trans people AREN’T EVEN REALLY PEOPLE AT ALL they’re just REALLY BORING TROPES THAT A ‘NORMAL’...
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  21. twelvefootmountaintroll reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    "Those options are not available to a fantasy author." Right. Because you totally can’t invent some fancy bit of magic...
  22. gothicegg reblogged this from tigerfeel and added:
    Isn’t she notoriously poor about portraying the queer community? Am I thinking of someone else?
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  24. whatfreshhellisthis reblogged this from tigerfeel and added:
    UGH WHAT A POOP A BIG POOP I JUST ARUGH UAXYGBLFYB POOPY
  25. katwithcomputer reblogged this from pandorasprings and added:
    I’ve read a lot of Mercedes Lackey. I mean a lot. Like, most of what she’s written a lot. And I actively look for LGBT*...
  26. freibiergesicht reblogged this from pandorasprings and added:
    It’s always amazing to me how fantasy fans and fantasy authors try to dismiss their bigotry based on the genre. I mean,...
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  29. nemertea reblogged this from thesadnessofpencils and added:
    Dear Mercedes Lackey; The amount of time that I spend whinging about my gender difficulties boils down to around thirty...