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07 October 2010 @ 09:51 am
Authors Speak Out  

Been meaning to post this for a couple days and keep forgetting:

Bitten By Books is starting a new column for urban fantasy and paranormal romance writers. It’s called “Authors Speak Out”, and it’s an opportunity for publicity and to speak what’s on your mind. I don’t know that the topic *has* to be controversial, but the one I’m talking about next week in the debut column is–the whitification of characters in cover art–and anyone who’s interested is invited to contact BBB at their contact page. Please mention “Authors Speak Out” in the email!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
SaffronRosesaffronrose on October 8th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
whitification of characters
is not confined to cover art. The Princess and the Frog, a recent Disney release? Mighty pale black folk there.

Picking a white model for an Asian character in art, just because he or she is dressed in something vaguely Asian, is also unacceptable. Are white folk gods, that we make over other races into our own image?

The cover art showing Margrit Knight makes her look vaguely Hispanic, losing some of the skin tone and all of the spring of curls. Drove me nuts.

I look forward to your essay!