Monday, August 20, 2012

'African American' Fantasy Novels

Is it weird that I can tell what a story in this category will be about just by the setting?

  • If it's LA--gangs;
  • Georgia--slaves in the Civil War era;
  • Mississippi Delta--black people overcoming racism;
  • The Carolinas--interacial couple;
  • Lousiana--mulattoes mixed in with hoodoo and voodoo;
  • Africa (y'all know that's a big ole continent, right?)--tribespeople finding spiritualism.

Why is a genre with so few black authors already limited and stereotypical in what those authors do?