cheloya: (ATM >> almost looks like)
I almost want to lock this to avoid wank, but that's wrong. So. Know before commenting that I'm probably not going to be up for much discussion.

I have to say Elizabeth is taking this very well and in a heartfelt manner, because she does worry about this sort of thing. I actually do feel that this is an overreaction and in some ways a missed point, but perhaps that's because I don't see Uisgebaugh as black, I see him as Uisgebaugh. If I were to see him as anything, I would see him as wild fae, or perhaps kelpie, with all that that entails. Not as black, because he isn't. (Well, he might be if he existed only in the human world, but how he's treated by humans and how he's treated by fae? Totally different kettles of fish. The entire court's technically enslaved, if you didn't notice.)

I can't say that I think in the way she accuses Miss Bear of thinking in the final paragraph, either. Or the PS. And, uh. I'm not going to go to who do you think you are, but... I believe Elizabeth Bear does try. And if she failed for you this time, well, she's going to try harder next time. But as linked in the edit, honestly, damned if you do, damned if you don't, and the only way out of it is to stop worrying about it and write.

Except of course, that's wrong, too.

All I can really say is that I think the writer of the open letter missed the point that I would see in the exact same novel, and that I think Elizabeth Bear is very sensitive about this sort of thing, so I wish the letter had not been quite so utterly dismissive.

Against the Moon corollaries. )

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