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dark_administrator ([personal profile] dark_administrator) wrote in [community profile] dark_agenda2010-06-04 11:04 pm

Announcement: the Racebending Revenge Ficathon

Four weeks from today, on the 2nd of July, 2010, a live action movie will be opening that replaced the entirely chromatic cast of its animated TV version with all white main leads except for a brown villain. The show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, and [livejournal.com profile] racebending has been a fandom-motivated protest against it that has led to a wider organisation against whitewashing in Western media.

In support of the cause, we would like to announce a challenge ficathon:

Re-write one or more white characters in the fandom(s) of your choice as chromatic/non-white/PoC, in a story of at least 500 words, with some acknowledgment of how the racial difference would make a difference to the story being told.

ETA Gender-bending and Alternate Universe (AU) stories are permitted, though we ask that you focus on the racial implications of the difference between canonical character and the reenvisioned one.

For inspiration, you can turn to the chromatic re/casting posts masterlist, as well as collaborate with fanartists or vidders who might wish to participate.

Stories posted to the challenge collection at AO3 will be revealed on the 2nd of July, 2010; if you wish to post them elsewhere, we ask that you do so on the same date, and link to them at the dreamwidth community journal.

Some critics of the chromatic recasting meme pointed out that racial identity was integral to the characters because whiteness was not in fact a blank slate. We agree. We want to know how a man called Sherlock Holmes in Victorian England would function if his skin was the colour of soot, or what Latino Dean and Sam Winchester would do to convince people to trust them, and if Buffy the Vampire Slayer can be Asian and still save the world (a lot).

Please comment to this post in order to sign-up. You may mention the fandom(s) and/or character(s) you plan to racebend if you wish to let other people know that someone is doing them, but it is not necessary, and we welcome multiple takes on a character or fandom.

If anyone would like to help out with graphics for headers and icons for this comm here and over at A03, we would be delighted!

ETA: Our challenge is live, but we still welcome submissions! Our master list of fanworks is available at Racebending Revenge Challenge Fanworks & Resources, and links to fanworks for the challenge may be made there. We also welcome fanworks at Racebending Revenge Archive of Our Own Collection.
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[personal profile] gloss 2010-06-05 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER.

*cough* I am signing up. I'll probably do one of the Robins or Catwoman of DC comics.
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[personal profile] scaramouche 2010-06-05 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
This is so cool, I squealed so hard when I read this. \o/

Apologies, this comment is a immediate reaction to this post. I do want to participate, but I have to think about which fandom/characters I wish to write about.
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[personal profile] oyceter 2010-06-05 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
OMG awesome! I'm in, though still brainstorming fandoms/characters (prompts welcome).
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[personal profile] softestbullet 2010-06-05 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
Yyyyyeeaahhhh! I'll totally make icons, just give me a bit.
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[personal profile] iambickilometer 2010-06-05 07:35 am (UTC)(link)
I am signing up with an idea I've been nursing for... quite a while, actually. :D
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[personal profile] quinara 2010-06-05 10:24 am (UTC)(link)
What a fantastic idea! I'll almost certainly be doing BtVS, probably Spuffy with Buffy as Latina and Spike as half-Indian. (His father had something to do with the East India Company, I'm thinking, before moving to London and marrying an English wife.) I need to work out what they can get up to...

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[personal profile] wingstodust 2010-06-05 11:49 am (UTC)(link)
OMG. I am in. I am so frickin excited about this like, ahhhhh!!! 8D

[personal profile] solvent 2010-06-05 12:39 pm (UTC)(link)
!!! I'm in.
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[personal profile] alcyone 2010-06-05 12:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I am on this. I am all over this. ...now who do I pick?

Is genderbending also acceptable? Because I have this image of Michelle Yeoh as Batman...
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[personal profile] scaramouche 2010-06-05 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
image of Michelle Yeoh as Batman...

These six words contain pure awesome.

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[personal profile] naraht 2010-06-05 12:58 pm (UTC)(link)
What a good idea! Will RPF be acceptable?
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[personal profile] kristin 2010-06-05 01:18 pm (UTC)(link)
this challenge looks awesome, though i haven't decided what to do for it yet.

also, i am totally up for helping out with graphics. just let me know what you want / need.
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[personal profile] nextian 2010-06-05 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, YES.

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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-06-05 03:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm tentatively signing up? I have ideas, but the problem is finish the fics. :/
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[personal profile] torachan 2010-06-05 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Since this is not an exchange, would it be possible to not sign up, but still post a story to the collection if I manage to get something written in time?

I realise the date is to coincide with the release of the movie, but unfortunately that means it's coming at a really bad time for me, as I have several other fic deadlines this summer and even though it's only 500 words minimum, this would be something I'd need to spend a lot of time on if I were to do it.

Either way, I will be advertising the fest on my journal and looking forward to reading what everyone else writes. This is an excellent idea. :)

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[personal profile] starlady 2010-06-05 04:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Signing up! Sherlock Holmes 2009, Irene Adler.

Are AUs permissible?
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[personal profile] naraht 2010-06-05 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
*is intrigued*

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[identity profile] xenokattz.livejournal.com 2010-06-05 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh! Oh! Oh! I'd love any Superman!verse please. Bonus points if you can use this recasting (http://katarin.dreamwidth.org/193572.html).
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[personal profile] sohotrightnow 2010-06-05 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I'm so in! Now I just need to decide what story (stories, even?) I want to do.
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[personal profile] minim_calibre 2010-06-05 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
500 word minimum? Okay, I'm in. Even with my schedule-o-doom, I can do 500 words of the particular race-bending story I've noodled on for the last couple of years.
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[personal profile] stultiloquentia 2010-06-05 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, boy. I'm really tempted to take a crack at Egyptian Daniel Jackson, but DEAR GOD, I am already so over committed this summer!

Who would make an interesting Anishinaabe or Coast Salish character? I'd be starting a little farther along on the knowledge quest....

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[personal profile] zippitgood 2010-06-05 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
This concept is fascinating. I'd love to sign up but I have several other commitments.

Have you considered making this a yearly/montly/etc contest? Because that would be so awesome if there was a challenge like this regularly.
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[personal profile] irrelevant 2010-06-06 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
Sounds good to me. :) Signing up, probably for DC comics. Character... um. No idea yet.

Question: can we genderbend as well as racebend?
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[personal profile] alexseanchai 2010-06-06 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
Somebody asked that upthread in context of Michelle Yeoh as Batman. Answer was yes.

I'm not formally signing up, but I have a suspicion I'll be recasting multiple Supernatural characters. Probably three of the Horsemen.
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[personal profile] troublesteady 2010-06-06 08:26 am (UTC)(link)
This is an amazing, amazing idea. I'm signing up; I'll do something from DC Comics.
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[personal profile] raven 2010-06-06 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, it sounds fabulous. I have a question, though: would it be okay to write something like - pure example, here - the white characters in Star Trek as though they weren't white, but do a collection of drabbles about lots of characters, rather than 500 words about one? I kind of want to play with how they would all interact, too.

[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com 2010-06-06 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm in! Now to decide on a character...

[identity profile] jordan-the-kid.livejournal.com 2010-06-06 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm in. Nathan Algren, I choose you!

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