Seperis (seperis) wrote,

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reboot: war games, link to discussion

Hmm, okay, the_moonmoth suggested I do a post on racial balance and diversity in War Games, since the story, in probably every important way, was influenced heavily by Racefail last year, and I tried to write a story that worked with a lot of different discussions that came up and worked very deliberately to diversify the ensemble cast. What I'm not sure of is a.) the level of success and failure and b.) if readers would feel comfortable critiquing it on those points with me or in my LJ, since I think it should be also called in how it failed and where on those points or how it could have been done better. Nor am I entirely sure that if that discussion occurs anywhere, if I should be involved at all, since by nature that's kind of inhibiting. I also think that me pretending it was all a happy accident in casting the characters because I am just that organically good at diversity is kind of ingenuous of me, because it really was something I had to think about and more importantly, remember to keep doing. The character list I added was also at one time my notes and reference guide so I couldn't forget and default to what I'm used to, and even then there were points of failure, one of which still annoys me in retrospect even though it worked very well as a compare/contrast later.

Anyway, for now, the_moonmoth discusses it with me in this thread where I--clumsily--explained what I was doing with that and how. Anyway, if anyone does want to critique it for that, I'll only enter the discussion at invitation since I really, really would like, if anyone has a problem with it or how it was written, for people to be comfortable saying how it didn't work and why it didn't work without worrying about author interference or excuses. Or tantrums.

If anyone wants a more formal entry on what I was attempting to do with it in terms of racial diversity, colonial/class attitudes, Bechdel, and using xenophobia as a stand-in for racism, I can do that, or I can answer questions on points of uncertainty or failure here, either one, or you know, both. I mean, War Games is not like a seminal work of art here, but since the_moonmoth had such good questions and made me think a lot about what I was doing and for that matter, what I wasn't, I thought I'd toss this out.

Also, for kernezelda regarding Sorin, go here; you may feel a little better about what I was doing. This would have been my email to you when you expressed concern, then I was in deep editing and rewrites and then pretending the story didn't exist for a month.

ETA: Clarification--if anyone wants to critique, etc somewhere not my LJ, I won't wander over uninvited to defend/excuse/tantrum whatever. And even at invitation, I'll honestly have to consider if it will affect any discussion negatively or inhibit criticism.
Tags: fandom: star trek reboot, fic: other fandoms, meta, reboot: war games, reboot: you'll get there in the end
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