Part 2: Blade Runner 2049: fembots and Asian window dressing

Blade Runner 2049 is a film about men trying to control reproduction using artificial slave women. It’s made for the white, straight male gaze by objectifying women and ignoring people of colour and non-binary people.

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rape in fictional worlds

Raping your Female Characters isn’t the Only Way to Depict a Harsh Fictional World

I recently had THAT conversation again; the one where I criticise a fictional world for gratuitous use of rape and sexual aggression against women, only for fans of said universe to defend it by telling me how it’s a harsh world and that’s what would happen. It’s a tiring conversation, so here’s why you don’t have to use rape to ensure your readers know your world is horrible.

Writing a mirror scene

How and Why to Write a Mirror Scene

An effective mirror scene offers another layer to a character’s point of view, by creating a moment in a story where a character catches sight of their own reflection. This moment is generally followed by a realisation, which can be a passing moment of

Christmas gifts for writers

11 Christmas Gifts for Writers

Avoid novelty typewriter-based jewellery, such as cuff-links and get something a writer might actually use. We’ve scoured the web for 10 Christmas gift ideas you won’t be ashamed to give any writer.

The Second Life of Bethany Sweet

Originally posted on Martine Lillycrop:
The afterlife has always fascinated me. I don’t believe we only get one shot at getting it right. One life, then judgement and an eternity of suffering or bland repose. It seems too simplistic for the complex vortex of matter and energy our universe is made up of. Nor do I believe…