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Black Panther and Our Attraction to Personal Stories

Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock somewhere deep in the ocean, you know that this week marks the premier of one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Not just a Marvel movie; and not just a superhero movie either. For a lot of people, Black Panther will be the one time they’re definitely going to be heading to the movies in 2018 with their friends, family, or even that significant other that wants to learn  doesn’t appreciate this amazing genre of media.

The number of think pieces, editorials, blog posts, YouTube soliloquies, and even music dedicated to highlighting how people feel about this movie is at an all time high; and there’s nothing wrong with that at all! But this post isn’t any of that. I love how so many people, who previously didn’t have Marvel on their radar, are now asking me questions about comic books and the stories that they can dip their toes into. Bravo to marketing and word of mouth. Instead, I’m more interested in the social dynamics of people’s fervor towards things they personally feel invested in.

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A Brush With the Familiar Yet Fantastical

Still in the month of January, I’ve been making good on my goal to read way more books in 2018.

I’ve mentioned many times on this blog that the realms of fantasy and science fiction are my two favorite genres to read. Not the only ones I consume, of course, but typically the sections of the bookstore that I’ll probably visit first; and through this, I realized last year just how lacking I was in authors of color peppering my reading lists. I previously spoke on this back in 2016 on a blog post for more representation being needed in science fiction, but I didn’t pursue it further.

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