General Discussions

Banned Books Week and Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Fiction, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Review, The Blog | 1 comment

Banned Books Week and Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden by Holly Kench This week is Banned Books Week in the US. In Australia, we don’t have quite the censorship problem that seems rife in the States. Although some censorship does occur, for example I’m aware some of our Catholic schools put limitations on books which include safe sex practices, it doesn’t extend so far as the school library censorship in the US. You can find a list of the top challenged books in the US for 2011, and the reasons, here. I’ve always found the idea of book banning and censorship quite...

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LGBTQ Characters in YA and Why They Matter

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in General Discussions, Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, The Blog | 3 comments

“LGBTQ Characters in YA and Why They Matter” by Allegra Davis   Before starting to write this article, I went on a Google quest for young adult books with LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer] themes. “Great Books for Gay Teens,” one header touted. Another article boasted a directory of “Gay Books for Teenagers and Young Adults.” Of course this was what I was looking for, but upon reading them, something about most of these pieces gave me pause. Yes, it’s true that teenagers on the LGBTQ spectrum may be particularly interested in reading books featuring characters they can...

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When nearly isn’t enough.

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Review, The Blog | 0 comments

The following is a book review I’ve decided to reblog from my personal blog. It is not about an inclusive text, but it leads to a discussion about minority visibility. My thoughts behind this post and some of the discussion that followed it were part of what pushed me to make Visibility Fiction happen. I’d love to know your thoughts. —————— Book Review: “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” by Catherine Jinks; or A Werewolf’s Coming Out. I’ve been looking forward to reading “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” for a while now. I really enjoyed...

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – Book Review

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, Review, The Blog | 3 comments

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – Book Review by Holly Kench This week I realised I now have the perfect excuse to rave about one of my favourite book series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, as if I needed an excuse. I love the Percy Jackson books SO MUCH! Like many people with disabilities that impact their ability to read print, I listened to the Percy Jackson series on audiobook. These are read by Jesse Bernstein who really does a great job of narrating Riordan’s stories. I also enjoyed the film adaptation, though it doesn’t begin to do credit...

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What does visibility and inclusion in fiction mean to you?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in General Discussions, The Blog | 4 comments

Hi Everyone! I thought I should take some time to talk briefly about what I hope we can achieve through the Visibility Fiction Project. Have you ever read a book, or watched television, and thought, “I don’t relate to any of these characters at all.”? I’d be surprised if anyone said no. We’ve all read stories that don’t ring true for us personally, or feel like they were written for someone else. But what about when you can’t find any stories that reflect your sense of self at all? Particularly when we are developing our sense of personal identity, it’s so important to be able to find...

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“Minority Report” – Talking about racial diversity in speculative fiction.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in General Discussions, Race and Ethnicity, The Blog | 4 comments

J.M. Blackman was kind enough to interview me for her “Minority Report” on racial diversity in speculative fiction. You can read the interview here. Here’s a little taster: What effect do you think reading books with primarily white heroines and heroes in them has on minority/mixed race readers, if any? I think this is the most important question because, what we read has a huge impact on our understandings of the world, society and ourselves. Popular culture, including fiction, is a reflection of societal values, so when certain people are not visible in our fiction, the...

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