An interesting way to gain a different perspective on con-going is to work one. Having now participated as a vendor and as a speaker, I’ve learned some neat stuff that seemed worth sharing, so today I’ll let you in on some secrets of the vendor floor.Continue reading “Six Secrets From the Vendor’s Floor”
Because you’re here at Genretastic, I’m going to assume that you’re the kind of person who considers what smart, engaged people have to say about genre fiction in all its forms.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies: Happily Ever After”
Note: here be spoilers for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.
In the introductory post to this series, I mentioned that I was new to romance as a genre in part because I had some internalized-misogyny-type snobbery about it for a long time. Even so, though, in practice I’ve always enjoyed romantic stories, which is why cross-over type novels were on my radar a long time before standard romances made it into my world. Cross-overs from historical fiction, in particular, are things I’ve been reading for a long time and pretending they weren’t romance novels because they had, you know, research behind them.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies: Outlander & Models of Consent”
Thor: Ragnarok is out on Blu-ray today, which seems like a good time to revisit this fall release with a few thoughts on the film. After two viewings and time for reflection in between, it’s finally somewhat easier to position a critical response to the November blockbuster from Marvel Studios than it was at the time of release, but an ultimate sense of ambiguity remains. Yes, it was fun, yes I left the theater feeling oddly disappointed–both are true.Continue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”
Well, Genretastic readers, I’m back! I disappeared for the better part of a year while the tiny human I was building sapped all my creative energy, but she’s now an outside baby and I have a little bit to spare. I’m looking forward to engaging with you.Continue reading “Romance For Newbies”
New (and exclusive) to Netflix this month, the new SciFi series Altered Carbon (developed from the series of novels by Richard K. Morgan) offers up a visually slick pilot episode with high production values and the potential for deep world-building, but little thus far signifying future character depth.Continue reading “Altered Carbon: Ep. 1.1”
Well kids, I don’t know about YOU, but I am thoroughly excited about the trailer for Westworld S2. This series was the best surprise of last year, and believe me, I am full of longer-form thoughts about it.Continue reading “Westworld S2 Trailer Drops/Meet Dr. Genre IRL”
We are honored to have the sublimely inspired cosplayer @geekyjcosplay share the following process essay with us about his recent Starfire crossplay and the history of how this character has been depicted in DC comics and animation. James is a project manager, culinary writer, cosplayer, and avid geek living in Cambridge, MA. Without further ado, take it away, James!–Dr.GContinue reading “The Art of Crossplay– Becoming Starfire”
CNN seems to have some ominous news for those of us in the Northeastern US (or perhaps this is news for another realm altogether?) this morning, with this juxtaposition of images and headline on their homepage. Stormy, with an 80% chance of wights?
Everything is fine, right…?