White Authors Don't Define What's Scary | Racist Side of Commercial Thrillers [cc] | Summary and Q&A

October 11, 2020
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White Authors Don't Define What's Scary | Racist Side of Commercial Thrillers [cc]


BIPOC-authored thrillers are often criticized for not being scary enough, but it is important to recognize the nuances and different forms of fear within the genre.

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Key Insights

  • ⚾ BIPOC-authored thrillers are often critiqued for not being scary enough, based on a limited understanding of the genre.
  • 😱 Different forms of fear and horror exist within the thriller genre, and BIPOC authors bring unique perspectives and experiences.
  • 💦 The critique of BIPOC thrillers reinforces a double standard and denies the validity of their work within the genre.
  • 😨 Understanding and empathizing with the experiences and fears of marginalized authors is essential for appreciating diverse thrillers.
  • 💨 Racism can infiltrate even the way books are reviewed and consumed, and addressing and eradicating these biases is a lifelong process.
  • 🥺 Recognizing and challenging the white-centric definition of thrillers can lead to a more inclusive and diverse representation within the genre.
  • ❓ BIPOC-authored thrillers often explore themes of racism, gentrification, and psychological terror, offering unique perspectives and narratives.


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Questions & Answers

Q: Why are BIPOC-authored thrillers often criticized for not being scary enough?

The criticism may stem from a limited understanding of thrillers and a preference for more traditional, white-authored commercial domestic thrillers that focus on excitement and surprise.

Q: What elements are missed in the critique of BIPOC thrillers?

The content points out elements like gaslighting of black women, references to the yellow wallpaper, and the psychological terror of living with racism, which are often overlooked in the critique.

Q: How does the anxiety experienced by the protagonist in "When No One Was Watching" contribute to the thriller aspect?

The constant fear and anxiety the protagonist, Sydney, experiences due to racism and gentrification contribute to the horror and suspense of the book, making it a thriller.

Q: How does the critique of BIPOC thrillers reinforce a double standard?

The content highlights the double standard that exists when BIPOC authors use the same creative techniques as white authors but are not recognized as being scary enough, reinforcing the idea that only white-authored thrillers are valid.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The content discusses the criticism that BIPOC-authored thrillers often receive, specifically that they are not scary enough and don't "feel like" thrillers.

  • Examples of books like "The Majesties" and "When No One Was Watching" are given to address this issue.

  • The content emphasizes the importance of understanding different forms of fear and the experiences of marginalized authors within the thriller genre.

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