‘Huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists’

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There are a lot of things to like about this book, quirky characters, memorable themes, a good balance between new takes on vampire lore and honoring the original mythos – but I think what stands out to me most is the representation. Considering how popular vampires are in the media, it’s appalling how rare it is to see vampires of color. Doris fits into that category, but that’s far from her defining trait. She’s intelligent, caring, and a huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists.” From Cat Voleur’s spoiler-free review at https://indefenseofthehorror.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/book-promotion-late-night-partners

She runs a pretty cool blog in general, so check it out.

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Fiction: Diversity Fest!

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Mix of public domain silhouette, Eugene Boudin’s “On the Beach,” 1866, France, also public domain.

That show many people seem to love has had its season finale, so fill the void with my short story “Diversity Fest!” here on WP. Bonus: no fee.

And now for the making-of bit: I don’t know if it’s the final draft, but I do think what’s here is (at the very least) a solid, good read.

Lit-Vamp

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This post isn’t about some vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature. Mostly it’s a bit of bias in favor of the Steuert-penned fiction here: https://ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/wednesday-reading-list-82317/ Actually, no, wait. Maybe it is about a vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature — certainly if one generally capitalizes the “l” in “literature,” anyway.

‘The “Privilege” of Vampirism’

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Late Night Partners” is “a full-fledged novella currently selling for less than two dollars” that is “well worth the price,” writes JL. “Doris’s transition into vampirism is not straightforward—it’s a very different narrative from the popular Romantic Vampire type; her sire isn’t there to mentor her, and there is no reason or ceremony to her turning. She simply is thrust into new circumstances and made to accept them and understand herself within them; through her vignettes in the eighteenth century, finally see where the ‘privilege’ of vampirism can run out.”

“7.5/10.” Full review here.

‘…More Human than Most…’

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So what personally excited me about this story is not that it’s just a story about vampires but! It’s a story about vampires with POCs as the main characters. How’s that for representation! … It also portrays a rather different perspective into the lives of the supernatural humans. Like here we sit in front of our TVs, or, faces buried in a book and, yampires yeaaa they have challenges but their lives still seem pretty great! (Apart from their brooding love lives). This book however makes them seem more human than most, with the problems they face, the thoughts they have and the way they deal with all the challenges set to them.” – An excerpt from this review of Late Night Partners at diverse- and interesting fiction in general-centric sowereadthisbook.com.

 

Shrek Thematically > Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is probably going to be a very enjoyable movie, but, much like the Cinderella adaption before it, I think there’s something inherently a bit flat to its themes – in a way that doesn’t make for much improvement over the original two-dimensional animated adaptations.

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