A very happy 2017 to you all.
Lee Roberts cosplaying as Mr Clever from Doctor Who episode Nightmare in Silver
Image: Juarez Films and Photography
Well, it's been a much busier December than anticipated. With the holidays, a PhD proposal and a chapter for a Harry Potter book to submit, lots of overdue fanfiction and two assessed essays to work on, I haven't found as much time for my blog as I had hoped. However, I did have the pleasure of recently of writing for The Mary Sue on Cosplay, Drag and the Transformative Nature of Living Out Your Fandom.
A very happy 2017 to you all.
1 December marks World AIDS Day and this book remains one of my favourite pieces of YA fiction that tackles the subject of the AIDS pandemic. It has a unique narrative voice and it brings two different generations together in a poetic, powerful and poignant way.
Full review can be found HERE.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Netflix Original series Stranger Things. If you would like to read my queer perspectives on and initial thoughts you can find my review HERE.
PUBLICATION UPDATE: Since posting these rough early thoughts, my analysis has been updated and expanded to take into account Season 2. That analysis, 'AIDS, Homophobia and the Monstrous Upside Down' has been published in an edited collection Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Innocence and Cynicism in the Series (2018, ed. Kevin J. Wetmore). You can buy the book from Amazon HERE.
Over the last couple of months when I wasn't tearing my hair out over the state of British politics or getting ready for my move to Yorkshire in early June, I was working on a number of panels and a paper for Leviosa 2016. For those of you who don't live and breathe Harry Potter fandom like I do, Leviosa is a fan convention with lots of academic and fannish content which took place in Las Vegas this July. Together with focusing on Harry Potter canon, the programming schedule also included plenty of fannish content, talks by YA authors and discussions about the contemporary YA market. The schedule featured a number of multi-fandom panels and meet-ups - Marvel, Sherlock, Inception were all popular alternatives. I was fortunate enough to have a number of proposals accepted as part of the programming. So, on 5 July I flew into LA and on 6 July I embarked on the four plus hour drive to Las Vegas and The Green Valley Ranch, where the convention was held.
In anticipation of Looking: The Movie which premiers at 10PM on 23 July 2016 on HBO, I discuss why I am a big fan of the original television series, Looking, and my expectations for the upcoming film. I also discuss the inevitable comparisons between Looking and Queer as Folk and touch briefly on the burden of responsibility which critics and fans place on LGBTQ+ television.
You can read the full piece HERE.
This week's massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando was a direct attack on LGBTQ+ people and predominately queer people of colour. The bars which have provided a safe space for generations of LGBTQ+ people were violated again. Again, because it is not the first time these spaces have come under threat. LGBTQ+ spaces are constantly under threat from closure, but as recent events have highlighted, the threat of violence also remains. Whether people attack with bombs like the nail bomb at Soho's Admiral Duncan pub in England, firearms like those used in the Pulse shooting in America, or their fists because individuals dare to hold hands walking down the street or kiss in public.
I discuss why I think we still need LGBTQ coming out and coming of age stories and why 'issues' based YA still matters.
READ DISCUSSION HERE
One of the reasons I am so personally invested in the issues covered on this site and the LGBT experiences featured in much of the literature and media I enjoy is related to my personal story, intrinsically part of me and core to my identity. This isn't new information for many of you but for those of you are new to me, this blog or those I haven't spoken to for some time, I am bisexual and this is my coming out on my blog post.
Why bother writing this at all? Simply because I've learned that seeing your experiences reflected whether on television, film or in writing, is an important part of figuring yourself out. I'm writing this in the hope that I can say something that will resonate with one person. Perhaps you're someone who I know already or one of those strangers that's a friend I haven't met. Hi, if you're out there. Awesome to meet you, or (maybe) good to see you again.
I have reviewed the award-winning Swedish television drama Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves to coincide with World AIDS Day on 1 December 2015.
Full review HERE.
Discussion of bisexual erasure and biphobia in popular LGBT television.
DISCUSSION POST HERE.