Untitled Urban Fantasy 101 Draft – Sexual Assault in the Genre #1 | Zina on Patreon

Note: This installment of Urban Fantasy 101 and all associated previews will be dealing with sexual assault in the genre. This means that I will be quoting and talking about sexual assault with vivid and graphic language largely pulled from the books that I’m covering.


So because I’m not stressed out enough, I decided to work on an installment of Urban Fantasy 101 that is a super sensitive and triggering subject: sexual assault. It’s cathartic to write about sexual assault and how present it is in a genre that tends to eschew realism where it matters (like with diversity) but can’t imagine worlds without rape.

The full post is currently about 4000 words long (all of which was written today!!) and covers several popular and ongoing series (The Dresden Files, Anita Blake, Dark Swan, and Dark Hunter series) in different segments.

While the tone of the overall piece is “why do writers in this genre write about rape the way they do”, the last two segments of the piece focus on authors who reject writing rape the way many people in the genre do and on methods for writing about rape that are respectful and responsible.

Untitled Urban Fantasy 101 Draft – Sexual Assault in the Genre #1 | Zina on Patreon

These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds

typhlonectes:

In a remote stretch of rainforest on Canada’s Pacific coast, a unique population of wolves has taken to a life of the sea.

Along the wild Pacific coast of British Columbia – a misty wonderland of
craggy glacier-gouged shores and temperate rainforest – there lives a
population of wolves genetically and behaviorally distinct from the
rest. They’ve traded in deer and sheep and mountain goats for the bounty
of the sea. They’ve been known to swim up to eight miles to get from
the mainland to an island; they live on barnacles and herring roe, seals
and dead whales. Some 90 percent of their food comes directly from the
ocean…

These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds