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April 20 2014, 07:43 PM

incabeswater:

The Raven Cycle: locations; colour palette

inspiration

April 20 2014, 07:30 PM

Did Marissa Meyer ever confirm that Wolf was Middle Eastern?

April 20 2014, 07:18 PM

cityofsexyshadowhunters:

*puts John Green book between teeth* It’s a metaphor, you see. You put the killing thing right between your teeth, and it kills you. That’s it. You don’t have a choice.

April 20 2014, 07:07 PM

qvibbler:

Harry Potter Meme: ♕ Seven Relationships

3/7 Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort

April 20 2014, 05:19 PM

The Hunger Games; colour palettes (inspiration)

April 20 2014, 05:19 PM

MAKE ME CHOOSE:
kaleid0scop3 asked: Neville Longbottom or Seamus Finnigan

April 20 2014, 05:19 PM

On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.

April 20 2014, 05:16 PM

shirewalker:

Lunartics, give me ideas for Kai and Wolf fancasts. Please. But don’t give me that guy from teen wolf for Wolf (I’m sorry, I just don’t see him as Wolf).

Also, what do you think of Kai being mixed-race too? (like Hideo) I don’t remember Marissa mentioning him being purely Chinese and since she said that most people of TLC have some mixing in their DNA (odd sentence, I know), I thought, why not? That’s just for the “help me find a good fancast” deal.

So, ideas?

1) Wolf.  I’ve been trying to find a good Wolf fancast for a while, too, and so far, I haven’t really settled on anyone.  But my favorite’s Tyler Posey—he plays the main guy on Teen Wolf.  (I wasn’t sure which guy from Teen Wolf you were talking about?  I’m guessing Tyler Hoechlin, since he seems to be the most popular fancast, but if you meant Tyler Posey, you can disregard this paragraph.)

2) Kai.  So I have lots of feelings about Kai.

On the one hand, a mixed race Kai would make perfect sense: the future of the Lunar Chronicles has undergone a lot of racial mixing, and if everyone else is mixed race, then, well, why not him?

Because Cinder was published in 2012, and stereotypes still very much exist, and one of the things the series does best is challenging them at every turn.

Asian men don’t get to be primary love interests.  They don’t get to be tall, dashing heartthrobs chased by hordes of starstruck girls.  But Kai does.  Then the few Asian men who are seen as desirable are usually fetishized and stamped down into stereotypes—but Kai resists that portrayal, too, because he’s presented as a three-dimensional human being with ambitions and desires outside of his love interest’s happiness.

Asian men never get representation like Kai.  So when a mixed race actor is cast as Kai, there’s more being implied than just “racial mixing.”  There’s also the suggestion, however unintentional, that fully Asian guys can’t be sexy and desirable; that sure, Kai’s Asian, but only partly, so he’s exotic.  And that’s just… not a good message for anyone.  Not for fully Asian guys, who will continue to be desexualized, and not for partly Asian guys, who will continue to be exoticized.

So while it would theoretically make sense for Kai to be mixed race, I think it would be a braver, more subversive choice to make him just Asian.

That being said, I do imagine Kai as a mix of Asian ethnicities.  Even if he’s implied-Japanese in the text.

April 20 2014, 02:36 PM