This link leads to an essay to which I just want to say WORD.
I rarely mention politics in this particular blog aside from how it impacts the plot and setting of the comics (or animated series) I may be watching.
But I just want it out there, that this blog is me mentioning tropes and fighting against oppression and racism enabled invisibility on TWO fronts.
And yes, my feelings on several feminist blog movements is that NO - You don't get my allegiance for free. You don't know me just because we both have innies, tattas and wombs. Do not count on me to back you up unless you have a cause I've already stated is worth my strength, my voice and my energy.
On that note....
Does this look like a multi-ethnic group of girls to you?
The author claims that Theater Jane, aka Fat Jane is Asian and that Sporty Spice is Latina.
Now that she's said who is supposed to be what, I can kind of see some corralations. But I'm not supposed to be putting a book up to my eyeball, and then eyeballing well known art of a public latina figure to figure out that's a brown skinned young woman who happens to be athletic.
I also shouldn't be trying to figure out if one girl's eyes have the requsite eyefolds or if she's just so chubby, her eye shape has changed.
What does this have to do with assumed alligance? Well I've found myself wondering in the past two days since that interview went up, if the interviewer would even have said anything if I hadn't brought it up first - if she wasn't already aware that I as a WoC had issues with the book and we happen to speak about race SF/F + Comic genre semi frequently.
More over the author's response leaves me cold. She's rambling on and on about diversity and how important it is to her and yet her initial response?
That’s a total bummer! Not white at all.
No, Ms.Castellucci, when (young) women of colour look at your book and don't immediately see themselves it is more than just a bummer. It's yet another book, yet another aspect of fiction and entertainment and the world where we're invisible, were we don't count, where we're not important enough for someone to tell the artist to do more than add some bushy eyebrows and give another girl a short straight haired bob.
Ms Castellucci again says While it’s true that my main characters are white, their worlds are not.
And I call foul.
Don't tell me I have to read book two to see more of the diverse world when book one didn't hold my interest.
Also, why the hell is the book called THE PLAIN JANES if the Latina and Asian Janes don't count as main characters?
Are the main characters only; once upon a blonde Jane, now totally dark haired and emo + her white crush + her white sort of nemisis + the other white Jane + her white parents?
And as for "And Theater Jane, totally Asian"
Just which Asian culture does this Jane call her own? Is she Japanese, Korean, Taiwainse, Chinese, Chinese - Mongolian, or from the Philippines? Do you even know?
Do you even know why it might matter that in a book where the town calls for a curfew on teenagers and start to restrict their freedoms why in the first book there should have been parents of one of those minority students feeling uneasy about that?
Do you even know why that might matter if Theater Jane was Japanese? Or Taiwanese or Chinese-Mongolian?
For that matter, was anyone in that book Jewish? I honestly can't remember, that's how much of an impact your characters failed to make.
Just making it clear, you can be all for diversity as much as you want. You can claim to be trying to walk the walk, but nothing's showing.
And the minorities very likely aren't supporting you in email.