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Fiction & Rape

There's something Seanan McGuire refuses to do to her characters ... and I think I need to check out her books now.

In the comments, nancylebov references a very interesting article from TOR: A need to deal wounds: Rape of men in Cherryh’s Union-Alliance novels. You should note that this is specifically the rape of male characters by female characters. The lead exhibits are Signy Mallory in Downbelow Station (spec. with regard to Josh Talley) and Ariane Emory I in Cyteen.

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Sep. 29th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to pick her books again...I'd about given up on urban fantasy since it seemed like every time I found a good series it either jumped the shark hard, our jumped the shark with bonus rape.

I couldn't get into Cherryh, though, and not just because I am unwilling to read books where rape is a recurring theme.
Sep. 30th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)

People either like her prose style or they don't. We once had a tabletop RPG based in part on her Compact Space books (basically, the Chanur series), and a couple of players just couldn't get into her at all.

But her books have some of the more nuts-and-bolts details of what it's like to live on a starship or a space station, and her non-villainous female characters can be really great. (Actually, I really rather like the aforementioned Signy Mallory, because she's complicated and there are so very few women in charge of carrier-sized spaceships in SF. Ari I, on the other hand, is a gold-plated bastard bitch, and I use that term acknowledging its full baggage.)

Sep. 30th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
I definitely fall into the "don't" category on her prose style. But I tend to avoid books with that much in the way of rape and consent issues anyway (I gave up on Octavia Butler PDQ, and I liked her prose style and worldbuilding, for the most part).

I wish I could like Cherryh, because space stations, but alas.
Sep. 29th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to check out the InCryptid series. I normally enjoy urban fantasy but have been really sick of the trend lately of every urban fantasy being a romance book disguised with UF themes. I'm desperate to read a good urban fantasy story that doesn't have the protagonist swooning over some hunk or guys fighting over her every other scene.
Sep. 29th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
InCryptid is unabashed Paranormal Romance, so do expect some swooning. October Daye is Urban Fantasy, and while there is some romantic involvement it is not the focus of the story. If you're avoiding Paranormal Romance, I'd try Toby Day first.
Oct. 5th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info and rec. I'll have to check out October Daye instead, then.
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