Birthday Book Haul

For my 26th birthday, my fiance bought me a Cream and Amber gift card. If you’re new to my blog, Cream and Amber is a local bookstore in the Twin Cities area. It’s where I buy most of my books because I try and support local businesses. I wanted to share my latest book haul with you all. I stacked my books in the order I want to read them in. My Goodreads goal is to read 50 books and these books should help me get there.

Birthday Book Haul!

BlacKkKlansman by Ron Stallworth

I already started reading this book because I couldn’t wait. Last week, I wrote a blog post about the movie version of this book. Ron Stallworth was the first Black cop in the Colorado Springs Police Department. During his tenure, he infiltrates the KKK. I’m only 30 pages in and I’m enjoying his rendition of telling this story and his experience being a cop.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

This book has a slasher, horror film theme to it. Since it’s close to October, this book will set the tone for the upcoming season. Final Girls stars Quincy Carpenter who ten years ago goes on vacation with her friends. Her friends are attacked and Quincy is the only survivor. She’s a part of this survivor group titled in the press “The Final Girls”. One of the final girls is murdered which prompts Quincy to reflect on what truly happened ten years ago.

Final Girls appealed to me because of my love of slasher films.

The Ex by Alafair Burke

I’m a sucker for psychological mysteries as it’s my favorite genre to read. Defense attorney Olivia Randall is contacted by her ex-fiance to defend him in a triple homicide. According to the book’s bio, Olivia ruined her ex-fiances life? I’m not sure what that means. Is her ex-fiance innocent or did she dodge a bullet in choosing to not marry him?

The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) by Christi Daugherty

Another mystery book in this book haul. Harper McClain is a highly skilled crime reporter. She’s called to a homicide which renders similarities to her mom’s murder. Harper is wondering if there’s a connection and can she finally find out who killed her mother?

This book was released in 2018 and since then there have been two more books added to this series.

The Athena Protocol (The Athena Protocol #1) by Shamim Sarif

Female spies, dystopian society, and LGBT representation? This book has everything I could want in a young adult book. Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies. Jessie kills someone on the job which is against the rules of the organization. Jessie gets involved in a human trafficking case despite her being fired. As she goes rogue, her former friends have to hunt her down before she reveals what she finds.

I do have another book I purchased, but it got back-ordered. It’s such a great feeling to have new books to read. Quarantine is the perfect time to read through my new books.

Horror Hosting in Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is one of the most disappointing books I read in 2020. I thought this would be a five-star read, however, this book took a nose-dive halfway through. I ended up rating this three stars on Goodreads. I’m curious to see what other readers felt about this book.

Josie and Delia host a TV show titled Midnite Matinee on TV access. They have been filming the show forever, but as they start to near high school graduation, reality sinks in. Josie has dreams of starring on TV while Delia wants to keep the horror show alive. Delia’s love of horror reminds her of her father who abandoned her when she was young. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is a gentle reminder of being young, dealing with heartbreak, and finding ways to heal after trauma.

The first half of the book was enjoyable to read. Delia is hands down my favorite character. She reminds me of how I was at that age. Delia’s love for horror is endearing and I can tell how passionate she is about their show and the movies picked each week. Josie had to grow on me. In the beginning, she comes across as this spoiled, stuck-up girl especially with how she treats Lawson. Josie does grow as a person, but her story arc is predictable. I would have liked to see Josie do what she wants to do versus following the path that’s put in front of her.

The book takes a weird left turn when Josie and Delia attend a horror convention in Orlando. This particular scene was uncomfortable to read. Josie and Lawson get into a dangerous situation after they leave the convention. The situation itself seems to be way over the top. After reading this scene, I was contemplating whether I wanted to finish the book. I linked my Goodreads review where I discussed this scene in more detail.

I’m glad I finished the book. Delia found her light at the end of the tunnel while Josie went off to college. I wish I would have rented this from the library, so I didn’t have to pay for it. There were good qualities about the book, but I was majorly let down. This is a solid three-star read on Goodreads, but if I could give half ratings, I would probably drop it down to 2 1/2 stars. Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is a horror-themed contemporary novel with a monstrous outcome.

Aphra, Body Positivity and Waves. My Latest Comic Reads

Lately, I have been trying to be more conscious of where I purchase goods. I found a black-owned book store based in Virginia called Books and Crannies. I ordered quite a few graphic novels online through their website and it shipped to me relatively fast concerning the current environment. I’m reading comics faster than I can type these reviews, so I wanted to combine three of my most recent comic reads in one post.

Doctor Aphra Issue #1 Written by Alyssa Wong, Art by Marika Cresa and color by Rachelle Rosenberg.

Doctor Aphra Issue #1. Photo taken by me.

Doctor Aphra is a character in the Star Wars universe introduced mainly through the comics. Doctor Aphra is a morally ambiguous character who served as the chief archeologist for Darth Vader. Throughout various comic runs, she’s either working for Vader or on the run from him.

In this first issue, Doctor Aphra is seen hunting for artifacts on Hoth. As she’s attacked by the Empire, she flees with her new team back to Shadow University in the Outer Rim. As Aphra is drinking at a bar, she’s approached by Detta Yao, a graduate student at the University. Yao tells her about the Rings of Vaale, which grants the wearer eternal life and fortune. Aphra joins the quest for these rare items and chaos ensues.

For the first issue, this comic blew me away. Doctor Aphra seems to be an intriguing character as she’s not necessarily good, but she’s not completely evil either. Her team consists of Lucky (her sniper), Black Krrsantan (a Wookie with a facial scar), Detta, Doctor Eustacia Okka (another archeologist), and robot TA418. Each character has their personality and unique skill set to the team.

I rated this comic 5 stars on Goodreads and I want to read on through the rest of the series.

Eat And Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo

Major Content Warning: Eating Disorders.
Eat and Love Yourself. Photo taken by me.

Eat and Love Yourself is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a young woman named Mindy. She works as a barista and is usually dragged to go out by her best friend Shae. After a late-night out, Mindy picks up a chocolate bar titled “Eat and Love Yourself”. As Mindy eats the chocolate, she’s transported back in time to see her past lived experiences. It shows where her body insecurities came from and how they’re playing out today.

As stated, there’s a major content warning on reading this graphic novel. This does discuss in detail Mindy’s eating disorder. I read this graphic novel while I was in a good place mentally. The book ends in an uplifting way, but if you’re recovering from an eating disorder, I would recommend proceeding with caution before reading this graphic novel.

Eat and Love Yourself is my top favorite graphic novel I have read in 2020. I related to Mindy a lot with her internal struggles. She’s somewhat introverted and she loves cats. As a side note, her kitty, Jabba is the cutest comic kitty. The artwork is captivating as it changes depending on what Mindy is experiencing. This graphic novel spoke to me as I was in tears by the time I finished reading. I rated Eat and Love Yourself 5 stars on Goodreads.

Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel

Major Content Warning: Miscarriage, trying to get pregnant.
Waves. Photo taken by me.

Waves is a graphic novel about Chabbert’s real story about trying to conceive a child. This graphic novel follows a young lesbian couple as they try to get pregnant. As mentioned by the content warning, things do not go as planned as they do lose the baby to a miscarriage. It shows how she copes with the loss by writing about her experience.

Waves is a graphic novel I want to re-read in a couple of years. My fiance and I discussed having kids in the future, but we aren’t ready yet. Miscarriage isn’t talked about enough as it’s extremely common. There can be a lot of shame associated with miscarriages, and the more miscarriage is discussed, we can take away the shame that’s associated.

I rated Waves 5 stars on Goodreads as this was a heartwarming, relatable graphic novel. Similar to Eat and Love Yourself, I was bawling my eyes out as it’s sad because she suffered a miscarriage, but also how she was able to use her experience to heal herself.

My comics are piling up on my nightstand, so there will be more comic reviews in the future. When ordering books or graphic novels, I highly recommend ordering from a smaller business. If you need a black-owned business to support, check out Books and Crannies. I cannot recommend this online book store enough.

TBR Tag

Now and then, it’s nice to do a blog tag. It’s an effortless way to write an interesting post. I found this TBR Tag by A Geek Girl’s Guide and thought it would be an easy way to share what I’m currently reading. Without further ado, here are my answers:

What Are You Currently Reading? 

I’m currently reading The Force Awakens Novelization by Alan Dean Foster. It’s been a slower read because the adaption doesn’t provide any new information about the movie. It’s been predictable and it’s been tough to get myself to finish it, but I will eventually.

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

I have The Alphabet Squadron Book #1 by Alexander Freed. This is another Star Wars book. It depends if I need a break from Star Wars novelizations, but if not, I will read this one next.

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

  1. It by Stephen King
  2. The Dark Tower by Stephen King (book #1)
  3. The Night Manager by John Le Carre.

These three books have been on my TBR for a long time. The fiance bought It when the first movie released, but he hasn’t read it yet. The Dark Tower was a book I bought when the movie adaptation released, but I haven’t been in the mood to read it. The Night Manager I purchased at an older book store in Boston. I watched the Amazon Prime limited series based on the book with Tom Hiddleston and it was so good, so I purchased the book.

I hope to get through all three of these books this year. Otherwise, I may donate The Dark Tower if I decide not to read it by the end of this year.

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

I would say It is intimidating because it’s over 1,000 pages! I’m saving the book for fall because I want a horror book to read. My favorite Stephen King book is Carrie, although I do recommend reading the Bill Hodges trilogy too. In high school, I read the Green Mile and that was pretty good, but not my favorite.

A Short Book on Your TBR?

All my books so far on my TBR aren’t short, so I don’t think I can answer this one. However, I do have a few graphic novels on my TBR, but I typically separate my book TBR from my graphic novel TBR. My books sit in the office while my graphic novels are piled on my nightstand in my bedroom.

If manga counts, I do have Ghost in the Shell volume #2 along with Berserk Vol. #1.

The Book That Has Been on Your TBR the Longest?

Game of Thrones has been on my TBR since 2013? I tried reading it during my freshman year of college, but I kept putting it down for long periods. I tried to pick the book up again, but I would forget what happened to all the characters. I’m thinking of reading Game of Thrones in January 2021. It’s fitting because of the Minnesota winter.

The Most Reason Addition to your TBR?

I haven’t purchased any books recently because I have been trying to decrease my TBR. I’m proud of myself because usually, I buy a bunch of books and my TBR is out of control. Thinking back, I think my most recent purchase was Alphabet Squadron as I received that book this year at C2E2 in Chicago right before the pandemic truly hit.

I linked to A Geek Girl’s Guide in my first paragraph, so feel free to check out the TBR tag there. Otherwise here are the questions for this tag:

What Are You Currently Reading? 

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

A Short Book on Your TBR?

The Book That Has Been on Your TBR the Longest?

The Most Reason Addition to your TBR?

Lucifer Cold Heaven Plus Lucifer Show News

I started watching Lucifer last summer when it was moved to Netflix. I didn’t know what to expect when I started the pilot episode, but I was blown away by the show. It appealed to my love of Law & Order SVU only this time, the king of hell plays a major role. There’s been some recent Lucifer TV show news and I read Lucifer Cold Heaven #1, so I figured why not make an all-encompassing Lucifer post.

Let’s start with Lucifer Cold Heaven. As many Lucifer fans can attest, I started the show before reading Neil Gaiman’s run with the character. Lucifer’s Cold Heaven isn’t the first issue by Neil Gaiman, instead it’s written by Holly Black, art by Lee Garbett, colorist Antonio Fabela, letterer Todd Klein, and features other creative minds including Stephanie Hans, Dave Johnson, and Christopher Moeller. In this first volume, Lucifer is mysteriously injured and it’s announced God is found dead. Lucifer heads on a quest with Gabriel to clear his name as he didn’t kill God.

I rated this three stars on Goodreads. I adore the show which meant I had big expectations for the graphic novel series. This story took place mostly in Hell, but I wish the backdrop would have been LA. I thought the story was mediocre, but the artwork was what sold this novel. My favorite cover features Lucifer drinking a cocktail with a red-eye in his drink. Mazikeen’s character design is intriguing as she wears a theater mask with half of it cut off. I do prefer Maze in the show, she’s played wonderfully by Lesley-Ann Brandt. Overall this wasn’t bad, but I’m not in an urgent rush to continue in the series.

Moving on to Lucifer show news, season #5 does have an official release date of Friday, August 21st. There will be 16 episodes for season #5 with eight episodes dropping in August while the other eight will drop at a later date. This will be tough because I will probably watch all eight within a day or two.

Lucifer surprisingly was renewed for season #6. Netflix made a tweet with the “666” animation announcing Lucifer returning for season #6. How could you not do a season #6 especially because 666 is the devil’s number. The show has a huge following and it was the fans who helped sway Netflix to renewing the show. After season #6, I would be satisfied if the show concludes. However, fans have been wanting a John Constantine crossover with Lucifer, which I wouldn’t be opposed to.

I could talk about Lucifer all day, however, I have to end this post at some point in time. Let me know in the comments section if, like me, you will devote yourself entirely to Lucifer when the episodes air on Friday, August 21st.

Body Positive Power

I follow bodyposipanda on Instagram when I need positivity during this time of uncertainty. Bodyposipanda is run by Megan Jayne Crabbe, an eating disorder survivor who has quit dieting and is trying to promote positivity around how our bodies look. I find her Instagram page to be inspiring. Our bodies are ridiculed by not looking a certain way and Megan has battled this persona. Megan wrote a book titled Body Positive Power: Because Life is Already Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live it. I purchased this book toward the beginning of Quarantine and it made me feel better about myself and improved the relationship I have with my body.

“I’m sure we all know someone who eats junk food, never exercises, and stays thin no matter what. Yet we refuse to believe the opposite could be true, that you can be fat, eat well, exercise, and stay fat.” – Megan Jayne Crabbe.

In this book, Megan shares everything she knows about the weight loss industry, our bodies, and her journey to overcoming her eating disorder. Megan details her experience spending time in a facility for her disorder. Reading this section was difficult, but crucial because we still don’t know how to treat eating disorders and why they happen. This book targets Anorexia specifically because of Megan’s personal experience, but she does touch on binge-eating disorders too. Eating disorders are difficult to treat and I hope we get to a place in society where we know more about them and can effectively treat them.

One of the most interesting sections of the book was when Megan breaks down what’s in diet teas and diet pills. I knew the Kardashians were promoting their stomach tea, but I didn’t know what the tea consisted of. Two ingredients in diet teas include Senna and Chinese Rhubarb root. Both of these ingredients promote the emptying of the bowels. Another interesting topic was the discussion on diet pills such as dinitrophenol (found in herbicide), various amphetamines, and even Fen-Phen which led to heart valve damage. It’s sad how our society is concerned more for people to lose weight than by doing it safely.

After finishing this book, I felt slightly irritated. I spent so much time hating my body when I could have been living my life. I will always have insecurity with how my body looks, but I want to be nicer to myself. I don’t want to force myself to give up the food I like, but instead focusing on portions. I’m going to not journal my food as that’s where it becomes too much of an obsession for me. Megan’s book confirmed for me that my flaws are what make me unique and normal. My cellulite, fat surrounding my stomach and even my acne are normal for a human body to have.

I would consider myself somewhat active in the body positivity movement. Shaming someone for their fat is insensitive and disgusting. If you’re struggling and need a pick me up, this book is worth it. Megan is making this world a better place. 

Sissy: A Coming of Age Gender Story

Lately, I have been reading more memoirs. I’m currently reading Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe otherwise known as bodyposipanda on Instagram. Last year, I read Jonathan Van Ness’s memoir which ended up being one of my favorite books I read in 2019. In Michigan, I picked up Sissy: A Coming of Age Gender Story by Jacob Tobia. I knew Jacob was cast in She-Ra as a non-binary character which sounds great, but I didn’t know they wrote a book. Sissy is a sparkly story about defining gender norms and discovering your identity.

The first half of the book details Jacob’s childhood and learning about their feminity, while the second half details their life at Duke. I enjoyed the chapters with Jacob’s fundraising to help an LGBTQIA+ shelter by running across the Brooklyn Bridge in heels. I was excited for Jacob being able to visit the White House and meet Obama. For someone in their late 20’s, Jacob has accomplished a lot for their age.

Reading about Jacob’s childhood, it genuinely made me sad. I remember how I could play with “boys” toys or “girls” toys without a second thought. Jacob details a story about how their brother destroys one of the only Barbies they had growing up. It was heartwarming though to hear how their brother had to buy them a new one. This book provides a prompt discussion on how women have more flexibility to play with gender norms whereas men are heavily scrutinized for being feminine.

I did have a couple of critiques regarding the story to discuss. The first being when Jacob discusses Duke, there’s a certain amount of privilege. Jacob received a full ride to attend Duke while many other non-binary people aren’t afforded the same privilege. I didn’t feel Jacob was snobby about it, but there could have been more addressed in the way that Jacob is privileged for having little to no debt.

As much as I enjoyed this memoir, this wouldn’t be the book I would recommend for anyone who is learning about non-binary for the first time. The reasoning behind this statement is the way Jacob explains the terminology within their identity, they come off as being a little judgy. These aren’t terms everyone knows about. My mother doesn’t know what “genderqueer” or “cisgender” means, so it doesn’t hurt to write a couple of definitions down for new readers wanting to learn more about being non-binary. I get it, Jacob is probably annoyed to have to constantly explain their identity, but this is a memoir based on their identity.

I happily read Sissy and soaked up every story within the confines of the book. If you’re looking for a book that’s going to explain in detail every single LBTQIA+ vocabulary word, I wouldn’t recommend this. If you’re looking for a memoir filled with glitter, this would be for you. Now, I have to make watching She-Ra a priority.

**Jacob uses they/them pronouns. I double-checked this post to verify I didn’t use any other pronoun, but if I did, please let me know in the comments as I will modify my post with the correct pronouns**.

Birds of Prey Graphic Novels Review

Barbara Gordon is the best DC Comics, female superheroine and I cannot be convinced to change my mind. The Birds of Prey are the kickass, female, superhero group where each member has a different background and talent. In March, I picked up the Birds of Prey graphic novel released coinciding with the movie. Additionally, I read Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Vol #1 Who is Oracle which should be no surprise. I decided to combine the reviews in one post since they do go hand in hand.

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey. Image taken by me.

Birds of Prey: 4 Stars****

This is a graphic novel compilation of stories featuring the six characters from the movie: Harley Quinn, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and the Black Mask. This isn’t highly rated on Goodreads since it’s a compliation. I knew this information going into the graphic novel, so I wasn’t disappointed. My favorite stories were Huntress, Black Mask, and the Black Canary.

The Huntress story was my top favorite because Nightwing and Huntress share the steamiest kiss. I hardcore ship Nightwing and Barbara Gordon together, but this wasn’t bad. I’m not sure if this is the best story told as I like it so much solely because Nightwing was in it. The Black Mask story shows how violent and brutal he can be. Black Mask isn’t the most well known Batman villain, but he’s one hundred percent ruthless. Finally, the Black Canary story features a fun cameo of another DC character which I won’t reveal.

I rated this four stars because I mostly enjoyed the stories picked and it’s a fun graphic novel for me to add to my DC collection.

Batgirl And The Birds of Prey: Vol #1 Who is Oracle. Image taken by me.

Batgirl Volume #1: 4 Stars****

This Batgirl rendition features Barbara out of her wheelchair and fighting crime with her bestie, Black Canary. Huntress’s interests align with theirs and she teams up with them. Oracle’s identity is stolen online and the three try to uncover who this mysterious, fake Oracle is.

The negative reviews surrounding this graphic novel have to do with which Barbara Gordon you prefer. This outing features a much younger, more immature Barbara in her crime-fighting days. If you’re used to the older Birds of Prey stories, it shows an older Barbara who has already been wounded by the Joker and how she has embraced the Oracle identity. Many of the negative reviews don’t like this “hippy” or “trendy” Barbara who’s swiping through dating apps.

I’m devoted to Barbara Gordon as a character throughout the several runs of her story. This Barbara is younger, more naive, and at times, foolish. She’s also young and is trying to balance her three identities: Barbara, Batgirl, and Oracle. I do miss Barbara Gordon in a wheelchair because I felt she added disability representation in comics. However, can we eliminate the Joker story from comics? I hate The Killing Joke with a passion and how it intertwines with Barbara’s injury.

Overall, I rated this four stars as I do enjoy this portrayal of Barbara. This isn’t for everyone, and I get that. It’s all about what version of Barbara is your favorite. I like them both.

Quarantine has given me plenty of time to read my comics and graphic novels stack. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below.

Data & Dating in the Kiss Quotient

Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I’m picky when it comes to reading romance books. Romance isn’t my favorite genre to read and I won’t read a romance book without knowing it was highly rated. The Kiss Quotient written by Helen Hoang was recommended by almost every booktuber I watch. One of the other factors for me picking this up to read was how the main character is on the spectrum. My best friend and my brother both are on the Asperger’s / Autism spectrum, therefore, I was looking at this book critically. I’m pleased to say that this is a delightful read.

Stella Lane is a successful econometrist who makes a six-figure salary. Her work drives her routine. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s and she struggles with socializing loud noises, and sex..? She claims she’s bad at sex and relationships, so she hires a male escort named Michael Phan to help her get better at sex. Similarily to Pretty Woman, they fall in love although they both come from two unique backgrounds, can they make it work?

Writing a protagonist with Asperger’s can be tricky. Hoang herself was diagnosed in her adult life with being on the spectrum. This helps to write an authentic, not offensive portrayal of someone on the spectrum. The way Stella interacts socially especially with Michael’s family highlights how differently Stella sees the world. Stella is a character I would fiercely protect as she reminds me of my friend in real life.

Many reviews I read stated this book had too much sex and wished there was less. I disagree with this statement. The sex shows how people on the spectrum are still sexual people. The sex to me enhanced the book because it showed how Stella was becoming more in tune with her body and what she wanted from a romantic partner.

My minor complaint with this book is how some sections felt repetitive to read about. This includes Stella and Michael repeating how they wanted to be together but didn’t want to share these feelings. Stella, I understand because of her Aspergers, but Michael kept going on and on about his past. The first half of the book was a fast read, but it felt sluggish towards the middle of the book.

This was a solid four-star read. When I think of my all-time favorite romance books, this book would belong on the list. Helen Hoang has written a sequel in this series and a third book is coming out in 2021. I already shelved it into my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads. The Kiss Quotient is the perfect division between romance and character development.

Alan Moore & Rape in Comics

Trigger Warning: discussion of rape and sexual assault in media.

The movie didn’t even include the rapes, so how important to the story are they?

I started reading The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen once I received it in the mail from Cream and Amber. I’m only twenty or thirty pages in and there’s been two instances of sexual assault. I pause and I reflect on other stories I have read written by Alan Moore. There’s another instance of attempted sexual assault in Watchmen. It made me wonder why Alan Moore utilizes rape with his female characters in his stories. It’s not something I alone have been wondering about. Typing into google “Why does Alan Moore write about rape” and they’re countless articles as to why he writes about rape regularly. I wanted to discuss my thoughts about this because as reader, I’m tired of the “rape female characters to make them stronger” trope in media.

Before exploring this topic, there are a couple of important statements I would like to make. I’m not saying sexual violence or rape shouldn’t be written about nor that if it’s included it’s automatically misogynist. There are ways to write rape scenes where it’s respectful to survivors of rape. Most often I see where it’s only used as a plot devise to demean the characters and it doesn’t aid into their development. The last statement I want to make is anyone of any gender can be victims of assault. I cite female characters in this post as I do see female characters being rape victims in Moore’s work. However, anyone can be a victim of assault.

According to reddit, Alan Moore writes about rape because it’s been considered “off limits” and if murder is okay, why not write about rape. This isn’t entirely accurate. There’s an interesting interview of Alan Moore addressing his sexual violence against women. He states, “As regards non-sexual violence, there is clearly a lot more non-sexual violence in my work that there is violence of the sexual variety, although in our current culture that’s true of nearly everyone’s work, isn’t it?” His instances of consentual sexual activity don’t undo the rape scenes he writes. Grant Morrison has been quoted saying how Moore is obsessed with writing rape scenes.

Moore’s response doesn’t state why he writes about rape, but defending his work. Further into the article, Moore talks about the implications of rape, throwing out statistics of sexual assault. It seems Moore is educated about the origins of sexual assault and why it happens.

In the first paragraph, I mention how I’m tired of seeing rape used as a plot device to make specifically a female character “strong” while also showing how “evil” a character can be. Rape doesn’t always have to be utilized to demonstrate this in media. There are ways where abusers can abuse victims beyond physical intercourse. Manipulation or gaslighting are alternatives versus physical rape to determine how evil a character can be.

One instance in which rape was used in fiction where it didn’t fall under this trope was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I finished re-reading this book a couple weeks ago. Lisbeth is subjected to many forms of abuse. However, there’s so much more to her strength than only surviving her rapes. She’s a hacker, has a photographic memory and is able to intelligently plot her way out of a horrific situation. Plus, Lisbeth gets back at her rapist, physically scarring him. I have never read a book where a rape victim got savage revenge against her rapist. It doesn’t undo the rape, but it makes it more managable to read about.

I still enjoy reading the work of Alan Moore despite the rape in his stories. Moore wrote these stories to be enjoyed by readers, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when readers connect the dots between the way he tells his stories. If anyone finds sexual assault triggering in any way, I highly recommend never reading a Moore story. If you remove the rape from Moore’s stories, the stories function exactly the same, so are the rapes really necessary? I’d be happy to hear in the comments section below on your thoughts with rape in fiction along with your opinions on Alan Moore’s stories.