“Don’t mind the dragons. Our knights keep them away.” – A woman dressed as a bard referenced the roar of an engine from a passing car. It was then I began to question why I had come here. Was it the returning heat wave, the overjoyed people in medieval attire, or the media’s subliminal message that “Renaissance fairs are too weird and overly nerdy”? Upon entering the Renaissance Fair, music from what looked like a giant recorder greeted guests. Almost everyone else I saw arrived in a Renaissance costume of some kind; thankfully, the medieval attire was optional.
Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase, a follow-up to the original Alice In Wonderland children’s book, provided an adventurous and comical story weaved together with teen romance. As someone who knew little about Alice in Wonderland, the novel felt welcoming. In Chase’s queer fantasy novel, the Mad Hatter is tasked with the duty to escort Henry, Alice’s younger brother, across Wonderland on a journey to the Red Queen’s castle to return Henry home. At least that’s what Henry was told. Continue reading Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase
Earlier this year Square Enix unveiled their next game in the Final Fantasy series, Mobius Final Fantasy. To their dismay many fans disliked the sexual appearance of Wal, the game’s male protagonist. Continue reading Inequality in Video Games
Jayde Brooks’ debut fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Gods and Shadows was an emotional roller coaster ride of anger and intrigue. Many personal expectations diverse fantasy races and well thought out villain held were never met. But that didn’t stop Brooks from surpassing the expectation that her novel would feature a heroine as the only person of color through her outstanding implementation of diversity. Continue reading Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks
Danika Dinsmore is a multi-talented writer, spoken work artist, and educator. Her writing career has transformed from writing poetry books like Traffic (1997) and Every Day Angels & Other Near-Death Experiences (2002) and collaborative spoken word performances, to screenwriting her short film “Stick Up” (2004). Presently she writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Danika’s writing has won her the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the Best Fresh Voice Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival. Throughout her writing career she has shared her love of writing with her community by traveling across North America to schools on her Imaginary Worlds Tours. Danika has taken some time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us here at Phenom to share her experiences as a writer and promoter of diversity. Continue reading Danika Dinsmore: Queen of the Faeries