The second part of decolonization is telling your own stories. If you’re from marginalized community, you don’t have to include white people. We often worry abt white gaze - are they going to understand our stories, judge them?
These things happen. You write books, then you realize the common themes.
Remember that colonialism is not a Eurocentric thing. East Asian history is full of colonialism.
I have a lot of frustration with fantasy that is thinly veiled medieval Northern Europe, which is 20% of the history of the second smallest continent on earth.
I can’t please you, so I’m here for other people. If you are part of a marginalized community, you have to make it for them.
My solution to that is to give less fucks. You have to write what is authentic to you.
I like to build the world from the ground up, to decide what I put into the world. If I want to explore a certain theme, I can build a world around that, without offending too many people.
Fantasy has opened up and is willing to engage in more ways.