Women aren’t the only minority to suffer from poor as well as a lack of representation in genre fiction. Among other minorities struggling to have their voices heard are people of
In this episode, we spoke to prolific science fiction and fantasy author Marissa Lingen, whose credits include contributing to Uncanny Magazine’s Special ‘Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction’ from last year.
Much like the Smurfette problem – where there is only one woman, she represents all of womankind – the lack of disabled characters makes the few that do exist so much more important. We need a broad spectrum of representation in terms of
Unfortunately, when we do tend to see disability representation, it’s an ‘all or nothing’ view. Relatively few people living with disabilities fall into the categories of extremes. For instance, a blind person might be able to see a little,
We ask Marissa if it is ever ok to give a character with a disability magical abilities as well? When done badly, this trope is often used to render the disability a moot point and can often send the wrong message. That doesn’t mean you can never try it – just be conscious of what you are doing.
Perhaps eventually we will start to see all minorities fairly represented in fiction. But until then, we will continue to highlight these issues at Breaking the Glass Slipper.
Yes, all of humanity was destroyed but you are also allowed to have a bad day.
Texts mentioned in this episode include:
- Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
- The Wounded Kingdom by RJ Barker
- Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Of Blood and Bone by John Gwynne (Don’t miss our interview with John from last year)
- Game of Thrones
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R Donaldson
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- The Legend of Korra
- The Country of the Blind by HG Wells
- Bird Box
- The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson
- Battlestar Galactica
- Star Wars
- Beauty and the Beast
- Jack Madden (fairytale)
Marissa Lingen is a freelance writer who lives in Minnesota with two large men and one small dog.
You can find Marissa on Facebook, G+, Twitter, and Good Reads. She writes for adults, children, and the age between that’s known as ‘YA’. Like the bar in the Blues Brothers that has both kinds of music, she writes both kinds of fiction: science fiction and fantasy.