Fantasy Novels are Full of Racist Food Writing
Good morning, Internet!
Today I finally get to announce the publication of my new story for Literary Hub, in which I go after fantasy authors for their lazy, racist food writing.
In fantasy stories, writers are often building an imagined world. But despite the fact that what and how we eat has a tendency to define our realities, fantasy authors often overlook food in their worldbuilding.
When they do that, they have a super unfortunate tendency to play into racist, colonialist narratives that at the very least cheapen their work and sometimes end up being downright uncomfortable. I delved into why that happens, what a missed opportunity it is, and how writers can avoid it here.
Hope you enjoy what was a massive labor of simultaneous love and derision.