Open discussion: Sci-fi, fantasy and horror wishlist

What would you like to see more of in sci-fi, fantasy and horror? Be as general or specific as you want. Don’t worry about sales, demographics, marketing, or anything else. Just tell us what you would love to see.

Here is my list . . .

1. Amanda Waller in a Batman film directed by Chris Nolan. I’m not much of a comic book person, but even reading about Amanda Waller (aka The Wall) makes me want to see her brought to life onscreen. Her status as a Bad Ass Normal would make her a perfect fit for Nolan’s grittier, less four-color version of Gotham-verse.

2. Healthy, well-adjusted lesbian relationships (that don’t end with this). Extra credit for including a beautiful, intelligent trans woman who is not “just confused” in said lesbian relationship (aka fan service for me). Even more bonus points for healthy kink.

3. Black women who are not Jezebel, Mammy, or Sapphire. No Magical Negroes need apply, either (unless you’re this Magical Negro). Do I really have to explain this one?

4. A fantasy setting dominated by people of color that is not written by Ursula K. LeGuin. Avatar: The Last Airbender was a step in the right direction. Can we get a little more of that, please? While Africa is an obvious and vastly underused choice, I’d love to see more things based off Indian and Native American cultures as well. IOW, brown people dominating shit.

What are yours?

12 thoughts on “Open discussion: Sci-fi, fantasy and horror wishlist

  1. Science fiction films that take their basic premises seriously and actually engage with the science of the science fiction.

    At least one corporate SF character that is not two-dimensional money grubbing idiot.

  2. Those are all good, but the one I want to see the most of is number 4. The more representation of non-whites as the majority of the cast, the more likely the cast will be allowed non-stereotyped (based on skin) roles. There will still be the smart one, the heart, the wise one, the strong one, and other standard tropes, but by having the majority or all of the cast being non-white and those roles switched around to different groups it lowers the number of offensive stereotypes.

    Would the “magic negro” be as offensive if they weren’t the only black person in the story and the others also had special abilities? Like an X-men team where everyone is a Mutant from all over the world.

    • The point of the Magical Negro is not the powers, but that he or she always uses their vast power to help White people Fulfill Their Destiny or Find Themselves or Some Other Shit.

      • Sorry. That was in reply to this question . . .

        Would the “magic negro” be as offensive if they weren’t the only black person in the story and the others also had special abilities?

  3. My List:

    1. A full animated feature film of the Black Panther. Possibly the Shuri storyline where she takes over the mantle. Because as far as the stories of strong African princesses go, we can always use more.

    2. More POC titles in comics.

    3. Cassandra Cain, back in her own series. Being written by Kelley Puckett.

    4. More gay male superheroes. Typically when it comes to LGBTQ representation, male storytellers try to cop out with lesbian and female bisexual characters because that gives them something to fap to. And I’m certainly not saying that queer women shouldn’t be represented because they should and their existence shouldn’t be to scintillate. But it’s past time that we had more Achilles and Jack Harknesses holding it down in comics.

    5. Storm getting her ongoing solo series. She’s the first lady of Marvel and how they have fucked her over these past several years is nothing but a travesty.

    6. And characters I am so sick and tired of seeing in every firkin book: Wolverine, Emma Frost, Deadpool.

    7. Will they please erase once and for all that queer minstrel show, Northstar. Thank you.

    8. More urban fantasy and YA fantasy novels featuring POC and gay protagonists

    9. We desperately need some trans superheroes and trans stories to be shared in speculative fiction.

    10. I would like to see Orpheus and Freedom RIng brought back.

  4. Off the top of my head:

    *More female characters drawn (animated and comic) without “annoying poses” like the tilt in their hip or limbs bent or whatever while their male counterparts are drawn straight or rigid.

    Ani8

    *A higher number of female members in a team setting and all wearing as much clothing as the men.

    *A science fiction and/or future setting with a majority or solely PoC cast. If this is the future or all of humanity can travel/live among the stars then why do white people have to be so prominent when compared to the rest of the human population? (e.g. Firefly)

    *A science fiction setting where the non-humans hardly resemble humans or Earth animals.

    *A science fiction setting where the non-human cast either outnumbers their human castmates or even lead the group (e.g. Runners Universe on both counts).

    *An alternate history setting that does not revolve around World War II, a Nazi victory, the American Civil War, a confederate states victory, white people (still) ruling the world and how harsh it’d be for anyone note white, Native Americans always shafted, or focused on a white character in a PoC ruled locus.

  5. A science fiction and/or future setting with a majority or solely PoC cast. If this is the future or all of humanity can travel/live among the stars then why do white people have to be so prominent when compared to the rest of the human population?

    Never saw Firefly, but I saw Serenity, and I always wondered why they had Chinese characters but no Chinese people. WTF? Are White people trying to tell us something?

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