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WWW Wednesday

: WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following questions:

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What I am reading:

I spent part of the weekend at my family’s super old cabin – I am talking boiling water to wash dishes old – and so I have had more time to read than normal.

Netflix is destroying my life <3.

One fic that I am flying through is A Study in Darkness by Severus_divides_into_H. This story takes place in the Hannibal universe and, if you are not familiar, these tales can get very dark. So heads up.

In this fic, Hannibal imprints on Will Graham and has to work out the myriad of feelings he experiences. As the Chesapeake Ripper, Hannibal revels in the opportunity to break the mind of the very person hunting him. As an alpha, he finds himself caring for Will and desiring nothing more than to build a life together.

Oh, did I not mention this was an Alpha/Beta/Omega fic? Surprise.

Anyway, Hannibal is currently at war with himself and Will – clever, tortured Will – is trying to figure out how to best take advantage of that.

I got no sleep last night…. thanks Severus_divides_into_H.

While at work, I am listening to the audiobook “Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister”.

I can’t express how obsessed I am with this book. A few people have walked past my desk to find me staring, starry-eyed, into space, just in awe of the pure lesbian power this woman exemplified.

This show captured my heart from the very beginning. Everything from her driven stride to her quick wit – each time this woman looks at the camera it is like she is connecting to my very soul and whispering to me from the past “See what I deal with?”

The show itself is a powerhouse, and the book is, if possible, even more brilliant. Seriously I can’t recommend this enough, you just need to check it out.

You can bet I will be writing some beautiful, fluffy fanfiction for this woman in the future. Miss Anne Lister deserves the entire fucking world, do you hear me? The entire world.

What I have finished reading:

Okay I can’t with this fic but here goes: Straight Until Boiled, or How Yondu Udonta Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dick by Write_like_an_American.

See what I mean?

In all seriousness, it is such an amazing story. Warning: it is a little sexually explicit, and there are a few instances of violence. In this fic, set in the Guardians of the Galaxy universe (haha, space puns), Yondu Udonta is a super duper badass who gets a little thrown off course when Kraglin Obfonteri decides to start being super cute.

I’ve read it two times now and I found it just as engaging the second time around. If you are looking for a complex story that will give you all the feels, it is this one.

On a very different note, LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. I technically finished this a few weeks ago, but I can’t stop going back to this book.

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia is a collection of works by queer authors in Appalachia. It deals with the many complex intersections of identity and the deep ties the people of this region feel towards the landscape and each other. It is a beautiful, moving testament about humanity and queer voices.

I know this is another book that I am going to read time and time again.

In my youth, I hated the idea of marking a book. Now though, I know that there is nothing more deeply personal than taking a book and putting your thoughts, hopes, and fears into it; this book is going to be worn, dog-eared, and read to my children. It will have coffee rings on it and sand from the beaches of Minnesota crammed between it’s pages.

Life-altering.

What I’ll read next:

As most prolific fanfiction readers can tell you, what you will read next is an impossible question. I’m currently on a bit of a Hannigram kick, but if, late at night, I follow a particular tag to far down a rabbit hole, who knows what I will end up reading. As always, I am just going to keep my options open and go with the fanfiction flow.

One book that I am going to go try and find at my local library is called “this is how it always is” by Laurie Frankel.

Y’all this book is going to be so good! It has won a ton of awards, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but listen. It is about Claude, a very young boy who dreams of growing up and being a woman. His family is supportive, apparently, but confused. Secretive. Eventually the secret explodes.

It is about families and life and change and revelations and love and this crazy, crazy world. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens!

Additionally:

I was recently pointed towards LGBTQ Reads, a site dedicated to queer book recommendations. If you are looking for more books to read, that’s the place to go… my to-read list is now unmanageable and I am not okay.

Until next week, this was M. coming at you with my top fics and pics.

M.


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Harry Potter and the Magical World of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Okay. 

This here is a big one. 

Like, the biggest. I can’t function until I write about this.

Is it even a real fandom site until I dive into the mess that is this subject?

J.K. Rowling: toot or boot?

Harry Potter shaped my childhood. It shaped many of my first experiences of the fandom world. J.K. Rowling inspired me as a woman, as a writer, and as an activist.

Is she the role model that I need now though? Or should her actions, and inaction, place her firmly in the past?

Can actions today affect the legacy that she has created?

Do we, as fans, move forward with or without J.K. Rowling?

The Beginning:

In 2007, the author J.K. Rowling revealed to fans that her character, famous wizard Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, was gay.

The thought? A-MAZE-ING.

However, the problem with that statement was that there was literally no mention of this in the books or in the movies. No hint. No indication.

Trust me, if there was, ficfans would have found it and spread it.

But it was 2007, and even earlier when she wrote the books. Maybe it was simply to early for that story to be told, I thought to myself.

Come 2016, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released.

2018, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released.

Was Dumbledore depicted as a gay man? The answer is complicated.

What level of representation do we need?

Do I believe that every queer story has to look the same? No, obviously.

I was variety and diversity. I want stories that are all about a person’s gender and sexual identities, and I want stories about queer people that hardly touch on those things because they are to busy telling other aspects of their lives.

I am really sensitive, however, when it comes to the way mainstream media represents us. I think it is to easy for an author to say they are inclusive by commenting, after seven books, that a character was gay the whole time, even when every single relationship in her books to date appeared to be heterosexual.

With seven books and eight movies, I think we as fans are very right to demand a lot from J.K. Rowling when she says that one of her characters is gay.

I was certainly the first to applaud her, I think it is a boss-ally move to make that announcement about the most powerful wizard of all time, but actions speak louder than words. J.K. Rowling had the chance to show the queer community that we would be represented in the Harry Potter world, but did she?

Opinions vary.

Certainly there are some queer vibes. Dumbledore sees Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised so like, you’ve got some desire there. Of course Harry saw his parents, so the desire does not have to be sexual (back down all you AO3 incest taggers, this is not a space for you). So really, we are still left to make that leap ourselves.

Dumbledore is gay. It is cannon. We know it, the director knows it. It really comes down to what they are willing to put in the movie.

Some say they aren’t explicitly addressing the relationship that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had because that isn’t what the story is about.

Others say that they are hiding the nature of the relationship to make the store more palatable for a larger audience.

One thing is for sure though. Eventually, Dumbledore and Grindelwald will have to meet, and then their past will be exactly what this story is about. It will be interesting, I think, to see what the franchize chooses to represent in that moment.

Will they stay true to Dumbledore’s identity as a gay man? Or will they leave just enough induendo in there to throw at fans when they raise questions over this exact issue, while still leaving their films bland enough that even the most homophobic of movie-goers will enjoy the film?

In my opinion, doing so would be a huge cop out, and a letdown to the fans that do believe in J.K. Rowling’s promise to bring more diversity into her stories. Cause on the surface, her stories are filled with straight, white, and cisgendered characters.

As fans, I think we demand more from our mainstream media now, so this story line should be handled with the utmost delicacy if the franchise wants to avoid losing the support of its LGBTQ+ fans and their wonderful allies.

But wait, there’s s’more!

While the debate about J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter universe will doubtlessly rage forever, there are tons of other books that will give us the representation we crave.

We can demand better from the people who say they want to support us, but we can also do our best to support those who are already doing a stellar job of supporting us!

Fanfiction, of course, is my go-to. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out <3.

However, here are three of my fav books that do a really lovely job of showcasing queer stories and capturing a bit of the complexities of the queer experience. I flew through these books, and am currently obsessed with Gentleman Jack on HBO.

I came for the GOT and stayed for the queer representation: story of my life.

Heads up: I do believe I will get a percentage of the sale if you buy through this link. 
If that makes you uncomfortable, then I encourage you to buy these titles through your town's 
locally owned bookstore.

M.