It's Sci fi month hosted by Oh, the Books! and Rinn Reads ! I was on the sci fi month blogger panel last Friday, and it inspired me to come up with this flowchart. For those of you who are new to science fiction, or for those of you who are looking for new subgenres to try out, check out this flowchart! If it's too small to read (which it probably is...hehe), go crazy with your browser's zoom or click here for the full size version. You'll have to drag the button at the top of the page to zoom. So which genre(s) did you end up at? Did you find anything new and exciting you want to try out?
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/) Kaladin Stormblessed Szeth, the assassin in white Shallan, drawing as usual Fan art 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?
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 tr