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Negative images of femininity in the popular Harriet Potter series - The Phantom Librarian
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Negative images of femininity in the popular Harriet Potter series
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jetamors From: jetamors Date: April 29th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably because it usually is. For a while I consciously pictured the characters in SF novels as black or Asian as I was reading, but it got too depressing to constantly run up against 'her creamy skin' and whatnot.
lannamichaels From: lannamichaels Date: April 29th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh. I meant in books where it's not mentioned at all. I barely write description myself so I don't usually notice it when I'm reading. :)
fiatincantatum From: fiatincantatum Date: April 29th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does anyone aside from LeGuin write the other way? As in, not mention a character's apparent race, yet use descriptive words that make it obvious to anyone paying attention? She's the only one I can think of.

Someone oughta do more of that! *makes a note of it*
panamdea From: panamdea Date: April 29th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's the only one I can think of off hand (the total change there between the books and the TV mini series was one of the things that irritated her so much - that and various plot issues of course).

There are various novelists with the same racial ratio, but it isn't as "subliminal".
conuly From: conuly Date: July 12th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Octavia Butler's books are full with non-white people, but she makes a point of it.
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