Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bookclub: No More Inclusion For You

Tami, Sparky and I have an unofficial book club.  Throughout the day, it is not uncommon for me to receive an e-mail about the latest fail in the urban fantasy genre. Last night, I was reading Patricia Briggs, because Tami (yes, I no longer take credit for choosing her work and you know how I need to be right) suggested we read her work.  The following is an actual passage from the book.

Wrong heritage. There was an Indian Vampire in  New York -" He looked at me and grinned. He pressed a finger to his forehead.. "Indian with a dot, not a feather.

What the flying  I was immediately silenced and then driven to send that passage to Sparky.  This woman was apparently deemed progressive because her protagonist is a First Nations woman.  At this time, I would like to publicly say, I release Briggs from any obligation to attempt to be inclusive.  She can freely write all White characters, because no representation would be better than reading something like that.

Your turn. What author would you be willing to give a pass, because reading their attempts at inclusion makes your head ache and why?