As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.
It feels like in our current political environment, the need for diverse books and stories about people in different places with different identities — both real and fictional — is only growing. The Radius of Us is the second novel by Marie Marquardt dealing with the Latinx immigrant community around Atlanta, GA. Dreadnought: Nemesis-Book One is the debut novel of trans author April Daniels, and is set in a version of our world where superheroes are real, and the new hero to inherit the Dreadnought mantle just happens to be a 15-year-old trans girl who is yet to come out to her parents.
The first in a new trilogy set in medieval Rus’, The Bear and the Nightingale tells the story of Vasilisa Petrovna growing up in the northern forests with the ability to see the spirits and creatures that others believe to be only fairy tales. Conflict arises between Vasya (a pet name) and her new, devout stepmother, Anna, who refuses to follow the old pagan customs from the fairy tales Vasya loves and knows to be real.
With a full-page color ad in the New York Times proclaiming “Harry’s Back!” the newest story about the Boy Who Lived was released Sunday July, 31st. Branded as the “Special Rehearsal Edition Script,” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains the text of the new play about Harry Potter and his relationship with his son Albus Severus. The play officially premiered in London’s West End on July 31st, and there have been rumors of a possible production coming to Broadway as well. Some fans have been wary of the play, worrying that it won’t live up to the beloved books. Others have been eager for any additional Potter-related writing J.K. Rowling produces. Without further ado, here are two Geekettes’ thoughts on the play.
Like many fans who grew up loving Harry Potter, I was initially excited by the prospect of J.K. Rowling expanding that magical world to other places. In college I was excited about Pottermore in theory, but didn’t actually find the site that engaging after I was sorted, and I mostly waited for other fan sites to tell me if something exciting was posted. When the “History of Magic in North America” was posted in March, I didn’t pay attention until I saw some of the reactions from fans (including Native American fans) saying that there were serious issues with it. I was concerned, but I didn’t go and read them. Then the history of the founding of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was posted in late June, and this time I went and read it. I was not happy.
What’s in a Hogwarts House? This year, we interviewed some of the witches here at the Daily Geekette to find out where it is the Sorting Hat assigned them.
Using the following questionnaire, some of our staff waxed poetic on their responses, while other offered some concise answers:
When eight-year-old David Piper was asked to write about what he wanted to be when he grew up, he wrote about wanting to be a girl. Jump forward five and half years and David’s nickname with the class bully is still “Freak Show” and only his two closest friends know that his wish from all of those years ago still rings true. David just doesn’t know how to tell his parents.
Enter Leo Denton, a transfer to Eden Park School from the far side of town, with rumors that he was kicked out of his last school for doing something violent. An unlikely friendship develops between Leo and David after Leo stands up for the bullied David. But Leo has his own secrets, and most people don’t know the truth about why he left Cloverdale School. As Leo and David both reckon with their own secrets, they learn more about themselves and what their own definition of “normal” might be.
This week on TV… The Flash and Arrow wrapped up their second and fourth respective seasons. Barry Allen had a final showdown with Zoom after the loss of his father, and Oliver Queen once more used the power of hope (and Felicity’s hacking skills) to stop Damien Darhk from destroying the world. Both were powerful finales, but The Flash threw us a final twist, while the world Arrow almost felt at peace. My full recaps and thoughts on each finale are below!
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a 1980’s nostalgia trip about a teenager whose best friend becomes possessed by a demon, but no one will believe her. Gretchen and Abby live in Charleston, South Carolina, and have been best friends since fifth grade. The year is 1988, and they attend the prestigious Albemarle Academy, though Abby is there on a merit scholarship because her family is not super wealthy like Gretchen’s. After a night of skinny-dipping and an attempted acid trip, Abby notices that something is wrong with Gretchen, and the story (and the tension) build from there. This book felt like a campy crossover between Sixteen Candles and The Exorcist, so if you’re a fan of both of those things, there’s a good chance you will like this book.
This week on TV…. Once Upon a Time tested its fandom with questionable writing choices as the Underworld arc wrapped up. The Flash had a zombie metahuman and Barry trying to get back from…wherever he went. Arrow tried to stop a nuclear apocalypse, just like any other day. Read on for our full thoughts!