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A blog celebrating the Tamora Pierce fandom, from Tortall to Emelan and beyond.
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Also, I do not agree with every quote I post. I do post quotes from fictional characters and other people including Tamora Pierce. Sometimes I don't agree with a character, but I post their opinion anyway. I love these characters but I don't always agree with them.
You should know, it may be a little while before you are chosen as a squire. It’s the congress,” he said, understanding the question in her eyes. “Most knights will take a little extra time to look the new squires over, since they will be here.”
“But you think it would take me a long time to find a knight-master anyway, being The Girl,” Kel suggested, surprising herself with her new boldness. May it was that funny, baffled look in his eyes that gave her the courage.
Wyldon smiled crookedly. “I think I will no longer try to predict what will or will not happen to you, Squire Keledry. So far you have proved me wrong on every count. Even I can learn when to quit.” He bowed to her, and walked away.
from “Page”, by Tamora Pierce (via sarahniccolls)
They never tell you some things," Briar said bitterly. "They tell you mages have wonderful power and they learn all kinds of secrets. Nobody ever mentions that some secrets you don’t ever want to learn."
“All you can do is learn good to balance the bad,” Rosethorn told him. “Learn and do all the good within your reach. Then, if you wake in a sweat, you have something to set against the dream.
Hello fans of Tamora Pierce!
I’ve created this blog as a place to collect and share queer headcannons, fanart, and fic of the Tortall and Emelan universe! While Tammy did a great job with including queer characters in the sidelines, I think we can all agree that the more the merrier. ;)
We’d like to talk to/with you candidly about this fandom and the ongoing fight over representation. We thought about putting it below a Read More, but this is really important and, well, too bad.
We are constantly referred to as the nicest fandom. And for the most part, this is true. There are fandoms that split over shipping wars, but we tend to accept everyone and their opinions. Except when it comes to representation. There are some people who fight us on PoC fancasts or discussing possible character sexuality. There are some people who refuse to see a PoC character or an asexual character unless Tammy specifically stated it in her text. As you should already be aware, we at FYTortall don’t stand for that.
One of the biggest arguments we see from people who say that representation is great and important and all but that we’re putting too much emphasis on it, is usually used with the following quote from Tammy:
If I make a point of who is gay, then suddenly that’s all anyone will talk about: the gay characters. If I were writing about what it means to be gay, that would be fine, but I’m writing about the empowerment of the underdog, particularly female underdogs. Sexuality is one of those things where, once you lay it on the table, it’s all people will see.
That is quote from Tammy on sheroescentral. It’s also from January 26, 2003. That was 10 years ago. Prior to that, we had Word of God confirmation that Roger was bi and Thom was gay. We had in-text suggestion of Lalasa and Tian being in a relationship, as well as Lark and Rosethorn. We had the comment from Kel that the Yamani did not care about a person’s sexual life. And that was it.
In the 10 years since then, Tammy gave us Daja coming out (2005), Okha & Nestor (2009), and Rosethorn openly discussing her relationship with Lark (2013). At some point, Tammy realized that representation is important. Probably when this started happening:
People started coming up to me at my appearances and saying to me, “When I read that, I realized you were all right with people being gay, and I just wanted to tell you that really meant something to me,” and some of them would actually start crying. And I’m there [thinking], “Of course I don’t care if you’re gay or not!”
I realized if they take that much comfort from that teeny tiny line, then I owe it to them to try, whether I think that I’ll fall on my butt or not. I owe them better than one line. And that’s when I began to try and stretch a little — not try and write the gay experience, but have people there who [are gay].
That’s a quote from Tammy with The Enchanted Inkpot in 2009. Tammy realized that she had the ability to give that representation, that she had a responsibility. Tammy used her privilege to expand LGBTQ+ representation and to make those positive relationships more visible.
Now these quotes are specifically about LGBTQ+ representation, but you can easily draw the same parallels with characters of color. Look to the Trickster books for proof. Yes, there are some issues there, but the plot is about the raka overthrowing their white oppressors. Or look at her last book for confirmation. Battle Magic features just one white character (who also happens to be bisexual).
The point is, Tammy has long fought for equality. It started as gender equality, but over the years, Tammy began fighting for racial and LGBTQ+ equality. It’s why we love her books. So please stop making excuses to whitewash or imagine everyone as straight. It’s counterproductive to what Tammy and her books stand for and makes you look over privileged and uncaring.
A thing I’m uncomfortable with in several of Tamora Pierce’s books is the way that women will explicitly say, no, do not touch me, and men will kiss them anyway (Alanna with George, Kel with Cleon, Aly with Nawat) for books that talk about consent as important for these kisses to occur, not receive any backlash from the women they occur on, and for them to result in relationships bothers me and sets an example of, women need dragged into love and men are entitled to do so. Which is a terrible lesson to be teaching young people reading these books.
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THEY’RE FINALLY DONE.
Holy fuck, these took forever, but I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Ochobu is my favorite. I should draw scary old women more often.
The decision to do more for the other series is pending because I’m not sure if my sanity can take it or not~ I left Winna and Taybur out just to preserve what I have left.
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