REPRESENT!: Celebrating Diversity in the Media
Everyone loves spending time celebrating their fandom favorites. Celebrating across fandoms is on the of the best ways of doing this, so let’s try this for a change: a month dedicated to celebrating diversity in the media we all know and love! There are a lot of fandoms in which characters of color don’t get nearly as much love as we’d love for them to get.
We’d like to take this opportunity to change that, at least for a month. In the tradition of things like big bangs and femslash feb, why don’t we all spend a month focusing on our favorite characters of color in fandom?
Whether they are characters with less screen time or whether you’re stanning for a main character, spend May celebrating characters of color!
How to join in:
Make sure everybody knows about the RepFest! Reblog this post, share it with friends, encourage your friends and followers to participate. The more of us create and promote, the more there will be for all of us to enjoy!
What qualifies (types of work):
If it’s a fanwork that you can share with us, it counts! Fanfic, playlists, reclists, graphics, meta, videos- it’s all good!
What qualifies (characters):
The point of this is to shed spotlight on existing canon characters- for this reason, we ask that you choose characters that are canonically characters of color. Characters in which there is a debate/the majority of the fandom considers them white characters can become murky, and can also dominate a fest like this.
A note about shipping:
There is no problem with writing a ship about a relationship in which there are white partners. However, because the point is to focus on the characters of color, we’re saying that if the character of color isn’t the focus of the story, it doesn’t qualify. For example, a Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson fic could qualify, but if the story is actually about Steve while Sam is the love interest, that’s not what this fest is about.
In the end, though, it’s all about us having fun and celebrating characters of color for a little while. We obviously can’t police the tags, nor do we want to (in the end, that would just draw focus away from the characters we’re here to appreciate). Just make sure to tag your stuff REPFEST or REPRESENT FEST, promote, and keep looking for more info as we get closer to May!
(graphic by osbombing)
That tv is huge! It’s bigger than the entirety of my tv and the stand its on, side note I found that stand in my hallway one day and dragged it into my lair like most my furniture found, cheap, or passed down to be effective parts of my apartment.
Neighbor tried to give me their old tv, it was huge. Was huge because I had to let it go the rear projection was messy. This is a comparison of my couch, the neighbors tv, and my current tv. (Gloomy bear used as a scale ruler)
Happy Birthday, Samuel R. Delany, born 1 April 1942
Seven Quotes On Writing
- It’s frightening for one artist to see another one, any other one, turn away from art.
- The pulp hero, though he may be a renegade, is a guy who doesn’t feel. Anything. Ever. And for the adolescent male — pummeled by emotions left and right, whether arising from sexuality or resulting from his necessary encounters with authority — this hero is a blessing, a relief and a release. The world he lives in, where feelings are totally under control, looks to the adolescent boy like heaven!
- The story process is like taking up such a piece of gossip, hunting down the people actually involved, questioning them, finding out what really occurred, and visiting pertinent locations. As with gossip, you can’t be too surprised if important things turn up that were left out of the first-heard version entirely; or if points initially made much of turn out to have been distorted, or simply not to have happened at all.
- The factors controlling a writer’s popularity are as mysterious and ultimately as unknowable as the number of stars in the sky
- Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.
- Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind—-vividly, forcefully.
- As a prose writer, I work with language; and those who work with language turn to poetry for renewal.
Delany is an American author, professor and literary critic. His latest novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders was published in 2012.
Source for Image
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write