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The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

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Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination

Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This probl
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2019 by New York University Press
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I really like both the conceit of the book and the commentary that the book provides. It's a discussion that's needed by fandoms and fantasy fiction in general, and it's greatly satisfying to know that a book like this was published at all. Thomas provides a lot of personal and thoughtful insight to the place of black women in fantasy stories and fiction, and brings her shameless (a word I only use in the sense that being part of internet fandoms seems to often come with embarrassment in general ...more
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Can you imagine growing up without stories and characters that you can identify with? What if all characters looked different from the way you do and villains and slaves were the ones who had the same appearance as you do? How would that make you feel?
This book was a necessary eye opener and biography that analyzed Pop culture and media and how it affects children and teenagers of color.
An extremely interesting read! Pick this one up if you like Roxane Gay or N.K. Jemisin. I'm looking forward to
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Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she is an expert on diversity in children’s literature, youth media, and fan studies.