2018 Book Superlatives, Part II

Well, it’s the second week of the new year. How’s everyone feeling? My resolutions aren’t going terribly so far: I’ve made some solid writing progress, begun work on vacation plans, finally braved the hair clippers I bought months ago, and even ate some peas! (Okay, that last one sounds less than momentous, but we’re doing a vegetable challenge this year, and we’re easing our way into it.)

Enough about all that, though. It’s time for the 2018 Book Superlatives, Part II!

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The Great Book Superlatives of 2018, Part I

The time has come for, you guessed it, exactly what it says in the header: BOOK SUPERLATIVES.

This year, however, I’m shortening these rather drastically. Don’t worry; that still means I’ll use about 3,000 words more than necessary; a new year heralds change and all, but not, like, that much change.

In Part I, you’ll find important literary awards such as Best Christmas Story, Book I’d Most Like To See As a Movie, and–of course–my Top Ten of the Year. As always, feel free to leave your own favorites in the comments; I’d love to hear some recommendations, especially if they come with a side of muuurder.

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2018 Reading List – Novellas, Novels, and Graphic Novels

Happy New Years Eve! Doesn’t look like I’m going to finish reading anything else before 2019, so here is the official list of all the novels, novellas, and graphic novels I’ve read this year. (Comics are in italics, novellas are underlined, and non-fiction is in bold.)

  1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF – Amy Reeder
  2. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women – Kate Moore
  3. River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey
  4. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
  5. Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero
  6. Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
  7. Snowspelled – Stephanie Burgis
  8. One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake
  9. Creatures of Will & Temper – Molly Tanzer
  10. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  11. One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
  12. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion – Margaret Killjoy
  13. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  14. Akata Warrior – Nnedi Okorafor
  15. The Black Tides of Heaven – JY Yang
  16. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss
  17. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? -Maria Semple
  18. Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius – Colin Dickey
  19. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  20. Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann
  21. The City of Lost Fortune – Bryan Camp
  22. Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword – Henry Lien
  23. Strong Poison – Dorothy Sayers
  24. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
  25. Jane, Unlimited – Kristin Cashore
  26. Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
  27. The Good House – Tananarive Due
  28. The Westing Game – Ellen Rankin
  29. When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore
  30. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  31. Dread Nation – Justina Ireland
  32. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 – Brian K. Vaughn
  33. Thirteen Guests – J. Jefferson Farjeon
  34. Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke
  35. The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi
  36. In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan
  37. Summer in Orcus – T. Kingfisher
  38. Imposter Syndrome – Mishell Baker
  39. The Five Red Herrings – Dorothy Sayers
  40. The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality – Julie Sondra Decker
  41. The Beautiful Ones – Silvia Moreno Garcia
  42. Hollywood Homicide – Kellye Garrett
  43. A Study in Honor – Claire O’Dell
  44. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman – PD James
  45. Binti – Nnedi Okorafor
  46. Envy of Angels – Matt Wallace
  47. Witchmark – C.L. Polk
  48. Depth – Lev A.C. Rosen
  49. Experimental Film – Gemma Files
  50. Have His Carcase – Dorothy Sayers
  51. Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse
  52. Unbury Carol – Josh Malerman
  53. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy Sayers
  54. The Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockmeier
  55. Jade City – Fonda Lee
  56. Mystery in White – J. Jefferson Farjeon
  57. Abbott – Saladin Ahmed
  58. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee
  59. Queenpin – Megan Abbott
  60. Jughead, Volume 1 – Chip Zdarsky
  61. The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard

I plan to write a 2018 Book Superlatives post later (though it will likely be considerably abbreviated compared to prior years), but here are a few things I’ve noticed this year:

For no real reason that I can determine, I’ve read far, FAR fewer comic books this year. Seriously, this is even worse than 2017. It’s not that my interest has dipped; on the contrary, my To-Read list is positively bursting with comics, many of them aimed for much younger girls. (As well as comics I desperately need to return to: Velvet, for starters, and also The Wicked + The Divine: Year 3, which just FINALLY released.) I just haven’t gotten there yet.

OTOH, I have continued to up my novella game, though I may need to reconsider my purchasing strategy. In the last two years, I’ve read at least 6 different novellas with the intention of reading their follow-up sequels . . . only to completely fail to do that. I’ve managed to keep up with Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, but that’s about it. For Christ’s sake, there are four Murder Bot novellas out there now and I’ve still only read All Systems Red. Clearly, this won’t do.

Once again, I’ve managed to read three whole non-fiction books this year! I’m very proud of myself.

Shocking no one, I appear to have read mostly fantasy, mystery, and YA, with a few scatterings of horror and SF and only the briefest of forays into romance, western, and, IDK, slice of life? I’m specifically a bit disappointed in how little SF I actually read. Thankfully, my book club’s next genre-of-choice is SPACE OPERA, so I should get 2019 off on the right foot.

If I gravitated heavily towards noir last year, this year has been all about cozy mysteries and, most especially, the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. I read four books by Dorothy Sayers (I’m reading the Lord Peter Wimsey books in order; next up: The Nine Tailors) and two by J. Jefferson Farjeon, who I just discovered by happy accident this year. If anyone here is a fan of 30’s English mysteries, what are your recommendations? If there’s a murder at a country manner or a dinner party, I’m interested!

To my knowledge:

Books Written By Women Authors: 44
Books Written by Men Authors: 15
Books Written by Non-Binary Authors: 2

(For the purposes of that stat, I’m lumping fiction, non-fiction, and comics together.)

Favorite New-to-Me Authors include Mackenzi Lee, Justina Ireland, Angie Thomas, Sarah Rees Brennan, Fonda Lee, J. Jefferson Farjeon, and Theodora Goss

Some of my absolute favorite books this year were completely off my radar until the 2017 Hugo and Not-a-Hugo finalists were announced. Award Season can be a stressful pain in the ass for writers–I don’t have much eligible this year, so I expect I’ll be more chill about it, maybe–but I’m really looking forward to seeing what people nominate.

Tell me in the comments about the books you’ve read this year. I’d love to hear about them!

The 2017 Book Superlatives, Part I

Well, here’s the sad truth: I’ve pretty much given up on posting any 2017 movie superlatives. I really didn’t watch that many movies last year, and I reviewed even less. (Can you believe I never even managed to write about The Lego Batman Movie? I’m still bummed about that.) More importantly, though, I’m just anxious to move forward with the new year, rather than spend the rest of the month feverishly writing yet another retrospective. 2017 sucked. I’m really done with it.

Except. I did manage to read a fair amount of books last year. Thus what I have for you today: the 2017 Book Superlatives, Numero Uno.

Let’s just get right to it, shall we?

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The Novellas, Novels, and Graphic Novels of 2017

Another year, another reading list. This was actually a pretty good year for me, though as a writer, I still need to up my game. December turned out to be an especially embarrassing month. (I try not to stress about it, though. Giving myself guilt trips usually results in my reading less, not more.)

As usual, non-fiction books are in bold, while comic books are italicized.

  • Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  • Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
  • Grayson, Volume 1: Agents of Spyral – Tim Seeley & Tom King
  • Hammers On Bone – Cassandra Khaw
  • Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho
  • Batwoman: Elegy – Greg Rucka
  • Final Girls – Mira Grant
  • A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab
  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places – Colin Dickey
  • Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty
  • The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley
  • The Dain Curse – Dashiell Hammett
  • Ash – Malinda Lo
  • Raising Stony Mayhall – Daryl Gregory
  • A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
  • A Closed And Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
  • Ghost Talkers – Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
  • The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco
  • Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
  • A Rage in Harlem – Chester Himes
  • Wake of Vultures – Lila Bowen
  • Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, & Heretics – Jason Porath
  • Mapping the Interior – Stephen Graham Jones
  • All Systems Red – Martha Wells
  • Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot – Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
  • Zero Sum Game – S.L. Huang
  • Two Serpents Rise – Max Gladstone
  • Bearly A Lady – Cassandra Khaw
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
  • The Prey of Gods – Nicky Drayden
  • Phantom Pains – Mishell Baker
  • The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place – Julie Berry
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
  • Pasadena – Sherri L. Smith
  • Double Down – Gwenda Bond
  • The Shadow Cipher – Laura Ruby
  • Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity – Becky Cloonan
  • The Winter People – Jennifer McMahon
  • Beauty Queens – Libba Bray
  • The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  • Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Murders of Molly Southborne – Tade Thompson
  • Hex – Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three, Volume 1 – Tom Taylor
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Book 2 – Kieron Gillen
  • Midnight Taxi Tango – Daniel José Older
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood – William J. Mann
  • A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge
  • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club – Dorothy Sayers
  • And Then There Were (N-One) – Sarah Pinsker
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies – Lindsay Ribar
  • The Backstagers, Volume One – James Tynion IV
  • The Night Sister – Jennifer McMahon
  • Such Sweet Sorrow – Jenny Trout
  • Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End – Ed Brubaker
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year 3, Volume 2 – Brian Buccellato
  • The Rise of Renegade X – Chelsea M. Campbell

I’ll post my 2017 Book Superlatives later this week (well, hopefully) but a few things I noticed this year:

My favorite graphic novel of the year has to go to The Wicked + The Divine, Book 2 by Kieron Gillen . . . which honestly isn’t even fair, since it’s an annual collection, not a single trade. I don’t care. I love this series. The artwork is gorgeous. The mythology is fascinating.  The diversity is inclusive. The violence is EVERYWHERE. The only problem I have with this series is that it’s so damn beautiful, I must have the deluxe editions. But since I just can’t make myself buy the whole thing twice, that means I have to wait for the deluxe editions. Which means I’m at least a year behind on everything and probably won’t get an update until, like, October of 2018. The whole world is terrible.

Other comic book honorable mentions: The Backstagers, Volume One (charming), VelvetVol. 1: Before the Living End (badass), and Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year ThreeVolume 1 (Tom Taylor, why did you leeeeeeeeave?)

I didn’t read nearly as many comic books in 2017 as I have in years past. I honestly have no idea why, but I’d definitely like to fix this in 2018.

I did, however, read a lot more novellas this year, most of them courtesy of Tor.com. I am very much enjoying the boom in novellas right now.

I don’t know if this year had a theme exactly, but noir (both classic and speculative) did pop up a lot: Hammers on Bone, The Dain Curse, A Rage in Harlem, The Long Goodbye, Pasadena, and Certain Dark Things. Considering I wrote a noir novel this year, I guess that’s not so surprising.

I read three non-fiction books this year! I realize that’s pretty pathetic for other people, but it’s actually a record for me. Dare I try for four next year? There’s a book about grave robbing and phrenology that I’ve had my eye on. Also, The Radium Girls.

My least favorite book of the year was a horror novel that’s been pretty wildly well-received by basically everyone else, so at least I still have that whole “geek blasphemy” thing going on strong.

Favorite New-to-Me Authors: Nnedi Okorafor, N.K. Jemisin, Kameron Hurley, Lila Bowen, Martha Wells, and Julie Berry.

Books written by women: 38
Books written by men: 13

Comic books written by women: 1
Comic books written by men: 7

Tell me about the books you read this year! I want to hear about them!

The Award Eligibility Post, Plus Recommended Short Fiction of 2017

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Frantic last minute Christmas shopping when that thing you pre-ordered months ago suddenly didn’t come through, chugging alcoholic drinks while waiting for the death spiral that is 2017 to end, and posting your award eligible works to your blog because, hey, hope springs eternal, right? Seriously, though, it’s basically impossible to keep up on all the great short stories and novelettes out there, so in case you were interested in checking out my work this year and didn’t know where to find it? Well, here you are:

If We Survive The Night” – The Dark, March 2017 (Short Story)
About the girls who don’t survive slasher movies. For those who enjoy multiple narrators, creepy angels, meta horror, not particularly subtle feminism, Purgatory stories, and revenge.

Astronauts Can’t Hurt You” – Daily Science Fiction, September 2017 (Short Story)
About grief, distance, and figuring out how to keep moving. For those who enjoy surrealism, second person POV, and deeply personal stories that you can finish reading in under five minutes.

Three May Keep a Secret” – Strange Horizons, November 2017 (Novelette)
About ghosts, friendship, and secrets–the kind that hurt, and the kind you decide to keep. For those who enjoy YA, creepy imagery, snappy dialogue, dark pasts, lingering trauma, and questioning bi protagonists (plus their new hipster besties).

With that settled, let’s get into everyone else’s work!

To be honest, I dropped the ball pretty hard on my “read more short fiction” goal this year, and did an awful lot of frantic reading in the last month or so. So when I give you my Top Ten of 2017, please keep in mind that while all of these stories are totally awesome and absolutely worthy of your time, there are literally dozens of other awesome stories out there that I never found or got around to reading. Such is the way of life.

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

Top 10 Favorite Short Stories and Novelettes of 2017

1. “Wendy, Darling” – A.C. Wise – Daily Science Fiction (Short Story)

This is a remarkably well-crafted piece of flash fiction that accomplishes so much in such a short period of time. There are any number of Peter Pan stories out there, but this feminist sequel/reinterpretation is probably my favorite of all. Incredibly short, incredibly powerful.

Darling, darling, darling. Not a name anymore. A weapon. A word to soothe, to dismiss, to hush. Be grateful, darling. Be still, darling. Her name taken from her and turned against her. So what does she have left?

2. “Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live” – Sacha Lamb – The Book Smugglers (Novelette)

I absolutely adore this story. It’s a wonderful YA queer romance between two trans high school students, and despite being neither trans nor Jewish myself, I found Avi’s journey here extremely relatable. This story has it all: curses, friendly demons, found families, trust issues, magic. If you haven’t read it yet, it is well worth your time.

Planning an actual murder would be too much effort, right? It’s not as if I’ve ever done anything to any of them. My list of sins is very short, comprising entirely things I can’t do anything about.

Looks just brown enough that you’re not sure where he’s from. Skips school for weird holidays even though his mom has to work all the time, so he just sits in his room, alone, and eats frozen food from the kosher section. Dresses like a boy, which is a problem, because none of us have any imagination.

It doesn’t seem like enough to kill somebody.

3. “These Constellations Will Be Yours” – Elaine Cuyegkeng – Strange Horizons (Short Story)

This space opera is so entirely my jam. The prose is gorgeous. The universe is so original, a fascinating blend of science fiction and fantasy. Just the idea of precognitive people being permanently hardwired into spaceships for FTL travel, I mean, that’s obviously exciting all on its own. But this story is also about slavery and identity and revolution, and I do not have the words to properly describe its genius or eloquence.

We learned to marry doctrine and precognitive science. We learned that all futures are possible, that nothing is inevitable. It is, in fact, simply a matter of discipline to turn from one future to another, as delicately as a dancer might arrange herself: the composition of her arms, the position of her feet. It is possible to step back from the abyss.

4. “The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt” – L Chan – The Dark (Short Story)

I have always been drawn to ghost stories, and this, I think, is the best one I’ve read all year. It is atmospheric and lovely, fresh and surprisingly hopeful. Come for the various strange, creepy, and melancholy ghosts, and stay for a conclusion that perfectly caps this bittersweet story.

All ghosts knew three things: that they were dead, that they were tragic and that they were alone. There were other ghosts, of course, but ghosts don’t count for company, ghosts don’t count for family.

5. “Which Super Little Dead Girl Are You? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!” – Nino Cipri – Nightmare (Short Story)

I mean, come on. Look at that title. This story was made for me, people. The whole thing is actually formatted as a personality quiz, which might sound gimmicky, but it just . . . it just works so perfectly here. If you love horror but wish more of it had a stronger emphasis on friendship and feminism and teamwork, this might be the story for you. Seriously, I want this story to be a TV show. I want fanfiction, goddamn it.

You want to scream at them sometimes that you’re still you, you’re still here. But while your screams raise the dead, they don’t do much for the living.

6. “Fandom For Robots” – Vina Jie-Min Prasad – Uncanny (Short Story)

I’ve got such a thing for . . . how do I put this? Like coming of age stories, but for robots, androids, and A.I.’s. Especially if they focus on the robot’s pop culture needs; fellow fans of All Systems Red by Martha Wells should absolutely check out this story, which is pretty damn adorable. Honestly, my only complaint here is that I think this ends a bit abruptly, something I’m willing to concede might be the fanfiction writer in me wishing for a meeting between characters that doesn’t actually take place.

Yes, this is the second short story on this list that’s made me want to write fanfiction. And you know what I call that? Engaging damn work.

Logically, he is aware that time is most likely passing at a normal rate. The Simak Robotics Museum is not within close proximity of a black hole, and there is close to no possibility that time is being dilated. His constant checking of the chronometer to compare it with the countdown page serves no scientific purpose whatsoever.

After fifty milliseconds, Computron checks the countdown page again.

7. “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” – Rebecca Roanhorse – Apex (Short Story)

By and large, I lean towards feel-good stories; even when the subject matter is dark, the endings tend towards optimism and rebellion and change-for-the-better. This is absolutely not that kind of story. It is, however, an important, well-written, and challenging SF story about both stereotypes and appropriation. It sticks with you, and should. Fellow white people, go read it immediately.

What Theresa doesn’t understand is that Tourists don’t want a real Indian experience.  They want what they see in the movies, and who can blame them? Movie Indians are terrific!  So you watch the same movies the Tourists do, until John Dunbar becomes your spirit animal and Stands with Fists your best girl. You memorize Johnny Depp’s lines from The Lone Ranger and hang a picture of Iron Eyes Cody in your work locker. For a while you are really into Dustin Hoffman’s Little Big Man.

8. “A Place to Grow” – A.T. Greenblatt – Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Short Story)

One of the things I like about this story (about both BCS stories on this list, actually) is that it doesn’t quite feel like anything else I’ve read all year. “A Place to Grow” is set in a universe where whole worlds are continuously created and dismantled in an ongoing and seemingly futile search for a perfect home, at least until one girl refuses to let go of the imperfect home she already has. Highly imaginative, thematically resonate, solid conclusion. This one has a lot of heart.

Lillian was wearing one of her uncles’ old suits again. Her family always wore suits when they were going to tear down a world.

9. “Carnival Nine” – Caroline M. Yoachim – Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Short Story)

The world in this extremely bittersweet story is unique and fascinating, made up of clockwork people who only get so many turns a day to accomplish everything they want or need to do. It’s a story about motherhood, about limitations, about the difference between the life you dreamt you’d have and the life you actually lived. It is, fundamentally, a story about choices, and walks an interesting line between melancholy and fulfillment.

“No, there comes a time when our bodies cannot hold the turns. We all get our thousand days, give or take a few. Then we wind down for the last time. It is the way of things.”

10. “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” – A. Merc Rustad – Uncanny (Short Story)

One of the things I like best about this story–other than the slow, beautiful, impossibly difficult journey towards self-acceptance–is that the main villain here honestly thinks he’s helping. Not because this makes him sympathetic, ha. This guy forever sucks. No, it’s just that he’s such a perfect parallel for all those people who assume everyone wants to hide their otherness, who think that they have some kind of right to “fix” anyone who doesn’t fit their small ideas of normalcy. This story is angry, raw, and lovely, and well worth a read.

Mama was killed by a man who hated monsters.

Or maybe he was afraid of them.

But Mama was dead all the same.

Happy reading, everyone!

The 2016-2017 TV Superlatives

Okay, people! It’s that time again: I present the 2016-2017 TV Superlatives!

Rules are basically the same as they were last year. To be eligible for these super duper prestigious awards, a show must have begun its season sometime between June 1st, 2016 and June 1st, 2017. This means that shows like Killjoys and Dark Matter aren’t eligible for their current seasons, but are eligible for seasons that aired last summer. Meanwhile, Voltron: Legendary Defender managed to sneak in both its first and second seasons, while shows that would normally be eligible, like Game of Thrones and Orphan Black, won’t show up here today because they both postponed their premiere dates. And because my fiendish buddy Alyc got me into kdramas, I’ll also be including any Korean shows I watched that originally aired within that June-to-June timeframe. (So far as I can tell, it only includes a couple. Most of the shows I’ve checked out so far aired in 2015 or earlier.)

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10 Life Lessons TV Has Taught Me

As an avid TV watcher, I think it’s important to occasionally pause and reflect on some of the lessons that television has taught me over the years. And now, just because I can, I will share some of those lessons with you.

1. Misfits: The most dangerous job in the world is probation officer.

2. Teen Wolf: Parents are the best. Teachers, though, are the fucking worst, so FEAR THEM.

3. Entire Berlanti Universe: Never keep secrets. Seriously, just stop.

4. Game of Thrones: Don’t go to weddings. Or, honestly, any public gathering of any kind.

5. Voltron: Legendary Defender: Never fear. In a moment of crisis, when all hope seems lost, your lion will tell you what to do.

6. Goblin: You’re never too old to be petty.

7. Star Trek (like, all of them): Every event that will ever happen in an alien society, no matter how far in the future, has a thematically parallel event in human history, especially around the 20th century.

8. Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Sometimes, it’s up to the non-powered member of the team to save the day. Like, a lot of time. Pretty much all the time, really.

9. Batman: Label makers are your friend.

10. Riverdale: It’s all about the maple syrup, baby.*

(I should probably wait to watch the Riverdale finale tonight before posting this, but . . . to hell with it. I get way too much joy out of merely hearing the words “maple syrup” now thanks to this show.)

8 Things Fanfiction Has Taught Me

Here’s a thing about me: I fall into fandom blackholes with some frequency, sometimes because I’m looking for happy distractions from sad life stuff and terrifying political news, but also just because I love fanfiction: I’ve been reading and writing it since I was 16-years-old, and I can unequivocally say that it’s made me a happier person

I’d planned to write up a review of Seasons 1-2 of Voltron: Legendary Defender, as that was my fandom blackhole of choice a couple of months ago . . . but life happened, the review got delayed, and I’m now happily in the midst of a Riverdale spiral instead. More importantly, I realized that so much of the review was going to be about discussing the relationship between fandom and show that I realized what I really wanted to do was talk about my experience with fanfiction in general: what I look for, what doesn’t interest me, how it’s made me a better writer, and how it can shape my perception of the canon material itself.

I’m not sure if anyone’s interested in that kind of thing, but hey, that’s why it’s my blog, right? (Also, did I mention I’m throwing out some random fanfic recs? Because I am definitely throwing out a few random fanfic recs.)

So, here we go, people. An essay in list form, because that’s how I roll.

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