Social Justice

Commentary

Cheap Depictions of Bullying Are Now on Our Hit List

An older boy pins a younger boy against an aquarium tank.

We’ve all seen it countless times: the good-looking and talented protagonist goes to school, only to be physically assaulted by villainous children.  These bullies don’t like the protagonist because they’re new to the school, or their parent is dead, or they’re different in some invisible … read more »

Worldbuilding

The Problem With Oppressed Mages

Poster art for X-Men 3, showing the main characters in action poses.

I talk about stories that misunderstand power and privilege a lot here on ye olde Mythcreants, but I get by far the most pushback when it comes to the trope of oppressed mages. It’s not hard to see why. This trope is incredibly popular, and … read more »

Worldbuilding

Should You Give Non-Human Groups Marginalized Traits?

A dark-skinned Klingon from star trek discovery

At Mythcreants, we get many questions like “Can I avoid racial justice implications by using alien characters?” or “Is it okay to make my intelligent monster gender neutral?” To better answer questions like these, I’ll outline what you should know when making non-humans resemble marginalized people – … read more »

Podcast

205 – Oppressed Mages

The Mythcreant Podcast

Having magic is such a struggle! All the muggles are out to get you, and the church keeps trying to set you on fire. Clearly, mages are oppressed. Or are they? Wes returns after a short sabbatical, just in time for us to discuss this … read more »

Storytelling

A Field Guide to Six Infectious YA Clichés

Dear YA novelists of all shapes and sizes: there is an infestation spreading through the ranks of our beloved genre. Distorted by centuries* of grotesque overexposure and abhorrent inescapability, these clichés have wormed their way into even the best-intentioned novels. Watch out! They may be … read more »

Q&A

Can I Craft a Setting Without Bigotry?

questions and answer talk bubbles

First off, I love this whole website with my whole heart. Second, my question is: Is it possible to write a story/craft a fictional world where bigotry and discrimination is completely nonexistent? I think in terms of racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. it is entirely possible … read more »

Analysis

Five More Good Stories That Turned Creepy

Stan with a shovel over his shoulders.

I’ve said it before: pointing out creepy or otherwise problematic content in bad stories is easy. Bad stories are less likely to have legions of defenders, but more importantly, we’re more inclined to see harmful elements in stories we already dislike. But critics and fans alike … read more »

Commentary

Five Common Harmful Representations of Disability

Captain Hook from Disney's Peter Pan

Disability is an extremely common human experience. Many people of all ages have disabled bodies, divergent minds, or chronic illnesses. Almost everyone who lives to old age will eventually experience some form of disability. This is why disability is an important experience to include in … read more »

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