People have always been fascinated by the idea of fantasy, and black people have been no exception. Over the years, we have seen a number of black people become involved in the fantasy genre, both as creators and as fans.
So why are black authors needed?
As more and more black people become involved in fantasy, it’s clear that the genre is for everyone. Whether you’re a fan or a creator, there’s a place for you in the world of fantasy.
In a genre that’s often criticized for its lack of diversity, black fantasy is a genre that celebrates blackness in all its forms. Whether it’s African-inspired epic fantasy, urban fantasy with a black twist, or something entirely new, black fantasy is a genre for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fantasy story that celebrates blackness, here are a few recommendations.
N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy is an African-inspired epic fantasy that follows the story of a group of orogenes, people with the ability to control the earth. Jemisin’s worldbuilding is incredible, and the characters are complex and deeply human. If you’re looking for a black fantasy epic, this is the series for you.
Another great black fantasy series is Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti. Binti is a himba girl who leaves her home to attend an alien university. But when she arrives, she quickly realizes that she’s not welcome. This series is a great example of urban fantasy with a black twist, and it’s a fast-paced and exciting read.
Sci Fi Counts too!
One of the most famous black scif- fantasy authors is Octavia Butler. Her work often features strong black female protagonists, and she is credited with helping to bring black women into the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Butler is just one of many black authors who are making their mark in the fantasy genre. N.K. Jemisin, who won a Hugo Award for her novel The Fifth Season, is another notable black author in the genre.
Black people have also been involved in creating some of the most popular sci-fi fantasy characters too. Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels is one of the most iconic black characters in the genre. And Whoopi Goldberg played one of the most memorable roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Guinan, the wise and powerful bartender.
Where Can I find these stories?
Right here! If you’re a fan of black fantasy like I am, then you know that it’s a genre that can take you on a wild ride. And if you’re just getting started, then get ready for an adventure like no other. Win’s Books is a place for Black authors to come and be spotlighted and highlighted!
For something entirely new, check out Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. This novel is a dark and gritty epic fantasy, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever read before. It follows the story of a tracker who is hired to find a missing boy. But as he searches for the boy, he realizes that there may be more to this case than meets the eye.
These are just a few of the many great black fantasy novels out there. So if you’re looking for a story that celebrates blackness, be sure to check out one of these great
There’s something about fantasy that just draws us in. Maybe it’s the escapism, or the chance to explore strange new worlds. Or maybe it’s the opportunity to be someone else, to step into the shoes of a hero (or villain) and experience life in a whole new way.
Whatever the reasons, fantasy is one of the most popular genres around. And within fantasy, there’s a sub-genre that is particularly popular: black fantasy. Black fantasy is all about, well, fantasy with black people. It’s about witches and wizards, vampires and werewolves, demons and dragons.
Of course, not all black fantasy is created equal. Some stories are more focused on the horror elements, while others are more light-hearted (though still with a dark edge). But whatever the approach, black fantasy always has an element of the unknown, the dangerous, and the thrilling.
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