The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This probl Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of ...

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Title:The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games
Author:Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1479800651
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games Reviews

  • S.W. Sondheimer
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • Breanne Gibson
    Mar 18, 2019
    Thank you NYU Press and NetGalley for this review copy. The Dark Fantastic started out a bit slow for me, but it picked up with Chapter 2 when Thomas started addressing specific books and films. This book is well researched and organized. It explores characters of color in The Hunger G...
  • Daphne
    Feb 19, 2019
    Code Switch podcast: Not-So-Simple Questions From Code Switch Listeners https://one.npr.org/i/520150741:52019... ...
  • Jamie
    Mar 07, 2019
    The Dark Fantastic opens up a necessary conversation about the social dynamics at play in the fantasy and sci-fi world and fandoms. It was a slower read, written for an academic audience; which I think is important to legitimize this topic in academic discourse. At the same time, there...
  • Stephanie
    Mar 15, 2019
    I?m going to write a longer review for Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, but I want to put a shorter one here since I just finished it about 30 minutes ago. As a Black girl nerd, I was beyond excited when I heard that this book was going to be a thing. I truly felt seen, ...
  • Margaryta
    Mar 18, 2019
    ?The Dark Fantastic? is an excellent, and in some cases eye-opening, book that as a White reader made me aware of complexities and perspectives that I hadn?t previously considered, especially in the case of Rue from ?The Hunger Games?. However, despite Thomas? revolutionary...
  • Julie Bozza
    Jan 27, 2019
    I came to this book for two reasons. One is that I?m a fan of BBC "Merlin", and I was happy to see the show finally being considered in an academic work. The other is that I?m a writer, and a White person, who is interested in writing non-White characters and mixed-race relationshi...
  • Lori
    Mar 06, 2019
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  • Katie Chase
    Feb 15, 2019
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  • Kendra
    Feb 03, 2019
    I have mixed responses to this book. On the one hand, it's a very important study of how race is used, viewed, and created in children's and YA literature. Thomas discusses various authors' approaches to race in their works and in the adaptations and fan creations made of them, with st...
  • Dustin Vann
    Apr 21, 2019
    What a wonderful work of literary criticism! Richly researched and beautifully written, THE DARK FANTASTIC is a body of work that can (and should) be read by all those invested in children?s and young adult literature, even if they are not in academia. Can?t wait to read more of Th...
  • Thien-An
    Feb 15, 2019
    A necessary look at who fantasy serves in the real world and who it diminishes. For those who are looking to write fantasy, this is an important reference in analyzing the heroes and the monsters. Prompts writers to ask themselves, who and why are you creating these monsters and are th...
  • Akylina
    Jan 31, 2019
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  • Pascale
    Apr 19, 2019
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was totally drawn to this title by the beautiful cover, and by the fact that I to fangirled hard over Harry Potter and the Hunger Girls. The other fandoms covered here (Vampire Diairies...
  • Alice, as in Wonderland
    Jan 15, 2019
    I really like both the conceit of the book and the commentary that the book provides. It's a discussion that's needed by fandoms and fantasy fiction in general, and it's greatly satisfying to know that a book like this was published at all. Thomas provides a lot of personal and thought...
  • Sora
    Mar 07, 2019
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  • Seema Rao
    Feb 13, 2019
    Exceptional ~ Thought-provoking ~ Important tl; dr: Forget you! Read this. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is a well-known scholar, so I am not surprised her book is fantastic. She does what the best of academics should do--reframe what we think we know. The book is ostensibly about literat...
  • Anna-Maria
    Jan 30, 2019
    Last year, and all through last January, I happened to read a variety of old and new fantasy novels in diverse settings, and I?m overjoyed at the emergence and success of more and more #ownvoices novels these days! Seeing these positive developments towards a broader range of specula...
  • Des
    Mar 14, 2019
    Thanking NetGalley and the Publisher for the ARC It took me a while to finish the book. Well, don't take me wrong. It is not that the book is bad. It is just because it took me a while to get myself engaged to this book. The writing is good tho along with those interesting subject m...
  • Susie Dumond
    Apr 01, 2019
    A really wonderful examination of black characters in white-led popular fantasy series, including the original text, adaptations, and fan responses. I love those critical examination of race in fandoms and the roles black female characters are assigned to by readers' biases. This book ...
  • Kassandraoftroy
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • Anya
    Dec 23, 2018
    Can you imagine growing up without stories and characters that you can identify with? What if all characters looked different from the way you do and villains and slaves were the ones who had the same appearance as you do? How would that make you feel? This book was a necessary eye op...
  • Eve Landers Stark
    Feb 28, 2019
    The Dark Fantastic is a scholarly book and, as a result, it reads like one. I am not a literary scholar so this made for a pretty slow and laborious read for me as I acquainted myself with various terms of art in critical race theory in literature. That said, I found myself learning a ...
  • Aryssa
    Mar 26, 2019
    I won't attempt to describe the Dark Fantastic here because I think the author does a much better job, but this book is a great deep dive into race, fantasy, fandom, and how the world reacts when you cast a black woman in a role you might expect to be played by a white woman, and h...
  • Marti Dolata
    Jan 30, 2019
    In Anya's review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... She asked "Can you imagine growing up without stories and characters that you can identify with? " AS a 63 year old woman, yes I can. The great majority of stories that I read in elementary school had boys or men as the subject...
  • Jennie
    Apr 07, 2019
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  • Alison
    Mar 13, 2019
    Thank you to NetGalley and NYU Press for providing me with an eARC! This took me so long to read because I was annotating. I am not a fast annotater. I enjoyed a lot of this book. I am a black woman who reads primarily fantasy, for reference. It articulated a lot of my gripes with ...
  • Fanna
    Jan 24, 2019
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  • Michelle Barnett
    Oct 24, 2018
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  • Ksenia
    Mar 03, 2019
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