Okay friends, strap in, this is going to be quite a rant about cultural appropriation and all the interactions that have been bothering me lately. I am just sick of hearing from my (predominantly white) friends how indignation at cultural appropriation is so "extra" and unnecessary, so here is my attempt to explain through my south Asian/desi lens exactly what I consider to be cultural appropriation and why it bugs me.
Basically it boils down to this: If I get fun of for a certain part of my culture or heritage, but a white person can do the same thing and is applauded for being "boho chic", it's cultural appropriation. If a bunch of white people start profiting off of a part of my culture or start a "trend" without acknowledging the source, that's cultural appropriation too.
Golden Milk Lattes
This beverage has been making the rounds on all the health-focused hipster health blogs, and is essentially an up-cycled version of a traditional Indian h…
Sanderson always puts so much detail into the worlds and characters he writes about, so it's so easy to imagine them all in my head. I was curious about if other people imagined them the same way, and I started poking around on google imags/deviantart/tumblr. Look at the fantastic pieces of art I found!
Cover artist Michael Whelan's concept art of different characters
(see more art on his website, http://www.michaelwhelan.com/stormlight-archive-original-art/)
Szeth, the assassin in white
Shallan, drawing as usual
This cartoon is adorable! I don't know who Navani is though (maybe she'll appear soon?)
Botanicaxu from DeviantArt came up with this sketch. She has lots of other Stormlight art as well!
Somnicide, also from DeviantArt made this beautiful drawing of Dalinar attacking the chasmfiend:
This is supposedly the cover of the Chinese edition of the book. ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?
Ok, I think I'm done gaping at these extraordinary pieces o…
Goodreads Summary:Even gods can be slain…. The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests. Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons. This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.
This was such a beautiful book! (It's been 6 months since I read this book, but better l…