#CritYourFaves Sign Up Post

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Introduction:

Often, it’s too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the flaws in our favourite books or series. Although there is no such thing as an objectively perfect work of fiction, it’s difficult to confront issues in the things we love. While it may be uncomfortable, or at times painful, I think it’s essential to point out lack of representation or perpetuation of harmful tropes and themes – no matter what kind of media you consume.

The #CritYourFave blog event encourages you to post discussion throughout the month of October, analysing your favourite book or series through a more critical lens. It’s not my intention to tell you to stop the things you love, but to acknowledge any misgivings they may have. If this sounds like something you would like to do, then sign up below!

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When?

Sign up will open from now until the end of September. You can post from any time between the 1st – 31st of October.

I will be posting a link up at the start of October with the names, blog links, and subject for all those who signed up, so anyone interested can keep an eye on their blog for their discussion post.

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What Do I Need?

Anyone can sign up as long as they have some sort of platform to post their discussion on, be it blog, tumblr, or vlogs. Please use the hashtag #CritYourFave when you promote the post on social media so that others can find your post.

A twitter account is not necessary, but I will be hosting a twitter chat during the month of October. I will also be retweeting and promoting everyone’s post on my own twitter.

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Prompts

Here is a list of possible discussion topics, but of course, you can choose one of your own.

  • The lack of diverse representation in a book series
  • Problematic faves and how to deal with it
  • Discuss a series you love and what issues you had with it
  • Discussion of a harmful trope and how it’s detrimental to the book and its readers e.g. woman in the fridge, racial stereotypes, toxic masculinity
  • Tokenisation in book(s)
  • Post-series revelations (e.g. Dumbledore being gay, Hermione could be black) and why they are not good enough
  • Queer baiting in fiction
  • Unhealthy romance in fiction

I really could go on, but anything goes here! The only thing I ask is to AVOID AD HOMINEM. Please critique and analyse the work, not its creator or authors. Encourage honest discussion, but avoid personal attacks.

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Sign Up

Just fill out the Google Form below.

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If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to throw them my way. For now, happy reading!

24 thoughts on “#CritYourFaves Sign Up Post

  1. I absolutely love this idea Aentee, anything that promotes positive discussion on representation is a great step to not only understanding, but calling out problematic issues and discussing how as readers we can also make a change. I myself, I often miss problematic issues others find in books and find it hard to keep up with the technical or politically correct terms, so this will be an education for me too. I’ve just signed up and looking forward to reading everyone’s posts. Thank you so much for not only hosting, but encouraging discussion ❤ ❤

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  2. This is a really amazing idea Aentee! Often we turn a blind eye because some books are our favorites, and we get too defensive when someone critique it. I think this would be an amazing, healthy and positive way to have a discussion! I’m so sorry I can’t join, but I would definitely stalk through all the participants’ posts! 😀

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  3. I love love love this idea Antee ! I signed up right away and I can’t wait to write my post and for October to come so that I can post it. The community is in great need of positive and constructive discussion right now and this is a great opportunity !
    I’m making October my diverse reading month and this will fit perfectly with the “theme”.
    Thank you for the opportunity ❤

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  4. I would like to join because I love this idea but sadly, I just came back from two years long reading slump and I am finally starting to read again but I will be reading other people’s posts.

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  5. Wow, this is a great idea. Not only does it improve me as a reader but it would make me write more posts on on my blog. I do have a question tho. I’d love to do the Problematic Faves and How to deal with it, I just wanna know what it entails? Thanks! 😊

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    • The interpretation of the prompt is up to you 🙂 I was more thinking of steps to accept and acknowledge issues with a favourite book or series. Please let me know if you want me to elaborate.

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  6. Another terrific idea! Seriously, when are you going run out of awesome! 😀
    I’ll try to catch and read some of the posts as they come, but please do a round up of all of them at the end so I can check out the ones I missed!

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  7. How do you come up with these ideas? It’s awesome how many events you’ve hosted – thank you so much!
    I’ll definitely see if I can sign up – don’t know if I’ll have the time to, because of uni, work, and more – but it’s such a wonderful idea, and I’ll try my best to! 🙂

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  8. I WANNA SIGN UP but I have no clue what I would write about! So I’m hoping that maybe I will come up with something by the time this closes, and if not, I’ll just read through all the posts!

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