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Interview with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan, YA Authors

Interview with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan, YA Authors

Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan are two well-known, published authors in the young adult genre and proof that dedicated white fantasy authors can include characters of color in their works. Holly Black has written non-white and non-straight characters in her books since her first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale . Two of her popular book series feature biracial lead protagonists, the Modern...
The Mortal Interview: Cassandra Clare on Diversity

The Mortal Interview: Cassandra Clare on Diversity

Cassandra Clare is the product of an adventurous literary family. Born in Tehran, Iran, she is the daughter of respected American author Professor Richard Rumelt. Her grandfather Max Rosenberg produced the first horror film in color, The Curse of Frankenstein, in 1957 and is perhaps most noted as the producer of the Doctor Who films in the 1960’s. While she was still a toddler, her father spent...
Fans concerned about “Animorphs” cover model

Fans concerned about “Animorphs” cover model

UPDATE!: Scholastic has responded to fans concerns. Please see below… Animorphs is a science fiction series of books for young adult readers, which was written by K.A. Applegate and published by Scholastic Inc. from 1996 to 2001. In May 2011, the series will be reprinted and re-released for a new generation, with two major changes. The book series’ trademark pop culture references w...
Showtime picks up script for “Chew”

Showtime picks up script for “Chew”

Chew is the story of Tony Chu, a Chinese American “cibopathic” detective who gets psychic impressions from things he eats (from food to the macabre.) The comics feature a very diverse cast of characters that is only growing as the series heads towards its 20th issue. We’ve previously featured the comic book Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory in several articles including a M...
Racebending.com Holiday Shopping List

Racebending.com Holiday Shopping List

Looking for some last minute shopping ideas, or something to spend a gift card on? Look no further than this list, comprised of recommendations from Racebending.com staff and our readers from our livejournal community! This is a list of gift recommendations that the average Racebending.com reader or supporter–or anyone interested in more diversity in media–might be interested in...
MEDIA MONDAY: Chew

MEDIA MONDAY: Chew

Tony Chu is a cop. Tony Chu is a special cop. Tony Chu is a cop who gets psychic impressions of the origins of food…or anything else he can eat. A Cibopath. What does this all mean? It means that one of the newest and bestselling comic books, CHEW, stars a Chinese American character that breaks molds about what Asian Americans can be. Living in a world where the US government has outl...
Media Monday: Amadeus Cho

Media Monday: Amadeus Cho

Korean American Amadeus Cho made his 2006 Marvel Comic debut in issue #15 volume 2 of Amazing Fantasy and has quickly become a fan favorite and a pivotal character in The Hulk, The Incredible Hercules book and the recent World War Hulk storyline. The boy genius, also known as Mastermind Excello, is the creation of renowned Korean American writer Greg Pak and Japanese Canadian artist Takeshi M...
Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Over the past few months, Bloomsbury has been under scrutiny for using racebending tactics for the cover images of their young adult genre novels. What blogs across the web have been discovering, this practice is not uncommon. Various other publishers make the decision to whitewash characters of colour for the cover images of teenaged- and adolescent-themed books. Bloomsbury’s first faux p...
Justine Larbalestier, Young Adult Genre Author

Justine Larbalestier, Young Adult Genre Author

Besides being a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Justine Larbalestier is the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, and of How to Ditch Your Fairy. Her latest novel, Liar, was released in October 2009 after controversy broke out over the race of the model on its cover. Racebending.com staffer Catherine e-mail interviewed Ms. Larbalestier about The Last Airbender racebending controvery, Liar, an...

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