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I am on the lookout for male and female characters who are people of color and are protagonists in science fiction and fantasy books and movies.  I actually prefer female characters (since the protagonists of all of my stories are female) but male characters will work too.  I have done enough research on the female protagonist (at least for now) and I want to deepen my research with female protagonists of color.  

If you know of any good books or movies with awesome POCs, let me know in the comments.  That would be incredibly generous of you. 

Lately I have been reading:

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Oh. My. Goodnesspants.  This is one awesome book.

Why is it awesome? Well, let’s start with the characters.  There’s some pretty awesome stuff present in the characterization.  George R.R. Martin does a good job of capturing each character so much that I’ve become attached to just about every single character.  My favorite character happens to be Arya, but that’s largely due to the fact that I really like female characters who take part in fighting.  I understand Sansa and feel a bit sad for her, but I still prefer Arya over Sansa.  I also like Jon…possibly out of pity but he seems to be a more down-to-earth character.  I definitely enjoy reading about Jon and Arya’s relationship.   Daenerys is also a character that I look forward to reading more about especially since she’s so young to be who she is.  Maybe not in the fantasy world, but in general.

I don’t know why I haven’t read this sooner.  I wish I had.  There some awesome world building going on accompanied with a detailed history.  Of all the houses.

After some thought I came to a conclusion that I definitely like reading high fantasy more than writing it, but it’s still great to try and create a world of my own.  It’s not easy.

This is also a great book for plot development.  I think that George R.R. Martin does an excellent job of showing the reader the story, not telling.   There’s a bit difference between the two.  I don’t feel like my intelligence is being insulted when I’m reading this book and that is a very, very good thing.

I can’t wait to finish the book and the rest of the series.  Maybe I’ll even write.  Who knows?

What am I reading?

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I have a pile of books to read this summer, so I’m cranking out books every one to two weeks.  I don’t think I can go any faster since I’m studying two languages and catching up on video games that I haven’t played during the school year, but I’m still going to read as fast as I can.  

 American Gods by Neil Gaiman is the book that I’m currently reading.  

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It’s different from the books that I usually read, but that’s a good thing.  I like changing things up one and a while.  Not to mention that I’ve always wanted to read a Neil Gaiman book.  Right now I think it’s very interesting from the main character, Shadow, and the mythology and fantasy that surrounds the plot.  I’m about 62 pages in (I need to pick up the pace), but I’ll be sure to write about it when I’m done.  

Since I’m very far behind on my book pile, I’m also reading Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn.  I might finish this one before American Gods, but I’m not too sure.   

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(The girl in the jewel doesn’t look anything like the main character…)

This book by Rae Carson is the second book in a trilogy.  I read the first one last summer after deciding to purchase it from Amazon.  I believe that this is the first set of books that I’ve read with a monarch as the protagonist.  I don’t read much YA fiction anymore (even though I’m technically not too old to read it), but I like the main character because she grew tremendously throughout the story.  I like characters that grow as they experience things because that makes an interesting character.

The first book is called The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Elisa is the main character of both books; the prose is written in first person without POV alternations.  There’s quite a bit of action in both books with enough characterization for the main characters.  It’s a very easy read, but an interesting story nonetheless.  It was a quick, but suspenseful read.

Elisa is a sixteen year old princess who is married off to a foreign king.  She’s also a Bearer, or someone who is chosen by God.  They are marked with a jewel in their navel.  The jewel, or Godstone, possess magic that is used to fight magic (that is used by those whose purpose is to harm).  Naturally, there are people that want to kill her because she posses the stone that harnesses magical abilities.  Whoever bears the stone bears the magic.

How it inspires me: 

Elisa is a character that shows growth.  I love growing characters and I especially love the fact that she struggles with the duties of being a queen as well as a human being. I want my characters to grow and to be as strong as Elisa’s character, but I don’t want them to be perfect and vain.  I happen to have a character that rises to the role of monarch, so I think that Elisa is a good example of a main character who is also in a ruling position.  She makes mistakes.  A lot of them.  Not only that, but she struggles with mundane things such as love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Everything doesn’t work out for her even when she has power; she’s still a normal person even though she’s not in a a normal position.  Overall, I like the sincerity of the series.  I can’t wait for the third!