Date: 2016-06-24 04:00 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
Don't get me wrong, Novik is fantastic at giving me exactly the emotional notes I want, and the climax was great to read, but then I closed the book and went "wait... but..." Having the indigenous people go voluntarily even though they could stay, because the settlers.. are the settlers and therefore deserve the land, I guess? -- doesn't actually make it better.

I think she does as good a job with it as anyone could possibly do, but that storyline, written by somebody living on stolen land or its profits, is *always* going to be about justifying that theft with as little culpability as possible, no matter how carefully you write it. And that's not really a story we need to congratulate ourselves for telling over and over, given the way it's still being actively used against indigenous peoples in the real world.

(And it's not really a storyline that was inherently necessary to what I liked about the book? you could have kept it 90% the same and just changed the ending to some less-blatantly-colonialist (And more-Eastern-European-fairytale) antagonists and it would've been fine - I spent a lot of the tail end of the book hoping it would be down to some complicated plot involving warmongering with the enemy-over-the-mountains, but instead it fell back on the same old tired colonialist trope.)
From:
Anonymous
OpenID
Identity URL: 
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Profile

cahn: (Default)
cahn

October 2017

S M T W T F S
1 234567
891011121314
15161718 192021
22232425262728
293031    

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Oct. 21st, 2017 12:19 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios