My kingdom for a Bond-of-Color

I’m not going to call myself a James Bond expert or anything so very trite, but I did spend most of last year (and a huge chunk of this year) both having intense opinions on the James Bond film franchise to anyone that would listen and writing an in-depth article series for The Mary Sue about the movies. It’s pretty fair to say that I get the film franchise better than the average non-Bond blogger.

That’s why I’m pretty uninterested in the idea of casting yet another vaguely attractive white guy in the role.

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ideas for next bond movie:

moneypenny brings her new bf with her when she meets james for drinks or something

he’s like a 29 year old 6′4″ male model type

james gets touchy and insecure ALL NIGHT

srry I did not see this until now but YES tbh I imagine after this encounter bond would casually mention that he might have penny’s boyfriend, “well let’s just say eliminated shall we miss moneypenny?” and eve is like I can make your life a living hell don’t even try

Stuff Stitch Wrote in 2015 – Non-Fiction

I am absolutely here to toot my own horn and get excited about stuff. So here’s a list of all of the non-fiction I wrote and published in 2015 that I’m excited about.

If you’ve been wondering what was the best way to get a grasp of what I write like and what I like to write about, this is where to start. If you want to introduce a friend to work, send them here!

Let’s get rid of gatekeepers in comic book culture (March 2015)

This is a brief but angry post about how feminine people are treated by nerd culture and how we always have to prove that we belong in comic book stores and other nerd spaces.

The Sandman: My Ultimate Problematic Fave (July 2015)

I love the Sandman. It’s definitely formative fiction for me and Neil Gaiman’s works definitely shaped much of what I liked to read and write about in fantasy fiction. So as the label says, it’s my ultimate problematic fave and I love it so pieces!

#NCBD 8/26/2015 – Grayson #11 (August 2015)

When I had time, I’d go and write these intense and in-depth review/recaps for Grayson comics. I think issue #11 was the best one I did and I really liked this comic because it gave us so many different things and snipped some plot threads while weaving others into the series!

Dear Comic Fans: We Get it. You’re racist and racebending scares you. (August 2015)

The actual best thing I wrote in 2015. Snark and sharpness is my thing and I get to apply it here to a conversation about how comic fans/fandom have the most racist reaction to racebending. It pissed lots of dudebros off on Reddit and I suppose I will always be proud of that.

Too Many Alpha Male Assholes (August 2015)

This is a post about my major pet peeve in Romancelandia: the prevalence of the “alpha male asshole” in fiction and why the focus of so many erotic romance (and BDSM romance) novels is a main male character who barely likes the heroine as a person – and who never really seems to change throughout the book.

In Defense of Fanfiction Writers (September 2015)

I’m always going to be a bit pissed about the bum rap that fan fiction writers get. Even when I don’t agree with some of the ideas that fandom fosters and that fellow fan fiction writers are complicit in, I’ll fight for them. This is just one of those posts because fan fiction writers definitely don’t get anywhere near enough respect from in and out of fandom.

[Book Review] Envy of Angels: A Sin Du Jour Affair (October 2015)

This is my favorite book review for my favorite book of 2015.

Straight up. And I also wrote it while tipsy. Read this review and then go buy Envy of Angels, mkay?

Quit Trying to Make Progressive Mark Millar Happen! (October 2015)

One of the most awful things to come out of the “Grayson objectification” thing in the fandom on Tumblr/Twitter (aside from those super invested Dick Grayson fans harassing the creators of Grayson) was where a fan got on their moral high horse to inform us all that Mark Millar handled rape better than the Grayson creative team (who has never used sexual assault in the series so far).

If you know anything about Mark Millar’s work, you’ll know why that’s bullshit. If you don’t know anything about Mark Millar’s work, read this post.

(Content warnings are at the top of the page.)

Robins: Individual Characters, Not Bruce Clones (October 2015)

I wrote this very intense post about Robins and characterization because for once, I was the one grouching about characterization. I feel as if you can’t decide that Robin represents Batman like the character complements Batman but they can both survive without being in each other’s armpits. I also disagree strongly with James Tynion IV’s comments about Dick/Jason/Tim representing Batman’s compassion/rage/intelligence.


How It Feels To Be “Cute For A Black Girl” (October 2015)

What it says on the tin. This post talks about my least favorite microaggression, the comment: “you’re cute for a black girl” and how limiting and horrible it is to be subjected to standards of beauty that were created to put you and yours down.

Fantastic Beasts & Invisible Diversity in the Harry Potter Series (November 2015)

In which I talk a LOT about how creators like JK Rowling need to step up about actual diversity in their fantasy works instead of throwing allegories into everything as if we’ll miss the fact that we keep talking about fantastical racism while there are only one or two characters of color in the work.

Dealing With My Own Kilgrave (November 2015)

After watching most of the first episode of Jessica Jones, I wrote about my own Kilgrave and why the way that Jessica talked to a fellow survivor was something that would stick with me forever.

(Content warnings are at the link.)

Slash Shipping, Pseudo-Progressivism, and Reinforcing Patriarchal Standards in Fandom (November 2015)

This post made a TON of slash shippers very mad.

And very rude.

But here’s the thing: sure, not every single slash fan thinks their ship is like the ultimate in progressive fandom, but many of them do subconsciously. The fact that fandom actively erases women and people of color in favor of focusing on relationships set almost exclusively between white men shows that there’s something rotten in fandom.

The Techniques of Erasure (November 2015)

On a related note, this essay-rant looks at the different ways and techniques that fandom uses to distance characters of color from their narratives (so they don’t have to make these characters interact with their white fandom faves).

On Grayson, fandom, problematic media, and the drive to “defend” popular male characters (December 2015)

7500 words of well researched snark and salt. The DC fandom on tumblr has always been pretty mediocre. I should know. I’ve been a part of it since 2010/11. It hasn’t gotten any better. I decided to write this post and then spend time being positive (but critical) of Grayson as a comic for as long as the comic lasts!

Maggie Stiefvater’s Got An Issue With the Star Wars’ fandom’s focus on Poe & Finn (December 2015)

I love this post because it seems like the opposite of my slash shipping one but it’s not.

The idea is that because Maggie S doesn’t know anything about fandom and what does on with regard to race and representation, that her comments are really messed up. Because fandom tends to focus on white guys at the expense of everyone else, it’s amazing that they’re not doing here and also, that they’re not shipping Finn/Poe at the expense of Rey or Leia’s characterization.

I definitely like that I balanced snark with information and even though Maggie S didn’t appreciate or learn anything from my post, I know that other people did.

I wrote a lot in 2015. Some things I felt proud of but didn’t put up (like my James Bond articles for The Mary Sue or my 4000 word Spectre review). Others, I were a bit disjointed and didn’t hold up well against other things I’d written. I’m proud of myself for making progress as a writer and for being able to be snarky as heck without being actually mean.

Thank you for reading what I’ve written, for sharing my work and for sticking by me in 2015!

Five things that I learned during the “Year of the Spy”

Five things that I learned during the “Year of the Spy”

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Sometimes, when it’s very quiet and I close my eyes, I swear that I can hear the brazen, brassy tones of the James Bond theme song playing in the silence. At first, it was a bit worrying. But now, I’m kind of used to it. It’s all part and parcel of what comes with diving headfirst into “The Year of the Spy”. I’m not sure how this happened, but 2015 officially became “The Year of the Spy” thanks…

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Michelle Yeoh

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng is a Malaysian actress, best known for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she was chosen by People as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1997.

She is best known in the Western world for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, playing Wai Lin, and the multiple Academy Award-winning Chinese-language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in 2000. In 2008, the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time. (X)

The typical fandom experience:

Being unable to find stories with women and/or characters of color that don’t place them in relation to a white dudeslash ship.

If you can’t see that this is a problem fandom needs to fix – actually fix instead of providing platitudes about how much they love these women and/or characters of color that they only use to shore up ships – then you’re part of the problem.

It’s fixable of course, but requires fandom to look at the why and how behind their behemoth-like ships and how they handle the portrayal of women and/or characters of color in the fanworks that they create and consume.

“A product of their time” – Observations on racist (but lauded) writers after Octopussy

Yesterday I decided to use my last Audible credit on a collection of Ian Fleming short stories.

I’m working through Fleming’s original canon very slowly and when I saw that the audiobook for “Octopussy and The Living Daylights, and Other Stories”
was read by Tom Hiddleston, I just had to have it. Tom Hiddleston
reading James Bond seems like the perfect combination of my interests
and I have been talking about how badly I wanted to see Hiddles in a Bond movie. I figured that this was the closest I’d get.

Here’s the thing though: as much as I have complained about the racism in the James Bond films, the books are much worse.

audiobook does not help. In fact, hearing Tom Hiddleston narrate
Fleming’s weird and clunky prose on top of the racism that the first
story is rife with is pretty terrible.

For the rest of the post, head on over here: “A product of their time” – Observations on racist (but lauded) writers after Octopussy