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!
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.
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.
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.
Just fill out the Google Form below.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to throw them my way. For now, happy reading!