When a book comes out, the publisher or the author will often promote it by describing it as a list of tropes, identities, and references. “Here’s my new novel, A Groan of Stone and Bone. It has enemies to lovers, a chaotic bisexual, BIPOC representation, elemental magic, and tons of Buffy references!”
It’s akin to any product listing: here are the specifications, the dimensions, and the features. We understand why books are marketed like this. It’s an effective way to sell products, and under capitalism a book is a commercial product. But when you start to think of the writing process that way–as a cobbling together of pre-existing parts–you usually end up with unsatisfying literature. That’s because art is not merely a product. Art is more than the sum of its parts.
In this episode of Rite Gud, we discuss why you need to take a holistic approach to writing. We are joined by Youtuber Lola Sebastian.
- Lola Sebastian’s YouTube channel
- Alexander Pope, “A Little Learning”
- TV Tropes Made a Show and It Sucks
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia on how books are marketed
- Everything Wrong with CinemaSins, Generally
- Bury Your Gays
- Fandom’s Biggest Controversy: The Story of Proshippers vs Antis
- The Junk Lady in Labyrinth
- Danah Boyd
- Space Jam 2’s Hands Down Most Messed Up Cameo
- The Alt-Right Playbook: Introduction
- FD Signifier’s Youtube Channel
- Dan Olson’s Youtube Channel
- Maggie Mae Fish
- Melina Pendulum
- Yhara Zaid
- Foreign Man in a Foreign Land
- Cheyenne Lin
About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.