10 Characters Hollywood Cast as Different Races

Great post, Kiki. New Subscriber! 🙂


By Rayiah R

When it comes to films, Hollywood seems to change characters based on the audience’s views. Some of their changes you may not have noticed and others completely stand out. Here are a list of characters Hollywood cast as a different race than the written character:

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The Hunger Games (2012)

In the book, The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins, the protagonist Katniss Everdeen was described by Collins as having “straight black hair, olive skin and grey eyes.” Many readers interpreted her as an African American,Hispanic, Native American, Indian, and even Greek… Everything other than Caucasian. In the movie, Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence, is a naturally blonde haired, blue eyed actress who has an ethnic background of English, German, Irish, Scottish, remote French. Interestingly enough, there was not a major outrage by readers. Many fans overlooked the fact in the book or interpreted…

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Avoiding distractions to stay on task

Into Another World

Staying on task is hard. Really, it is.

There are countless distractions whether you are at work or at home. There are ringing phones, text messages, social media, news, co-workers or kids. It can feel like you never get any uninterrupted time. (I felt that way today as I wrote this blog. Numerous times the kids came in to chat.)

Often to feel like I am getting stuff crossed off my to do list (whether it be writing, PTA or home tasks), I try working on several things at once (usually 10 minutes of this, 10 minutes of that). And while it might feel like you are being productive since you are multi-tasking, it often is a false sense of accomplishment. You are busy with multiple tasks, but you are not completing any of them. (So true.)

Here are some tips to help you avoid distractions and stay on task:

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Copyright Infringement, Again!

This is need-to-know information for writers. Take care out there. Thank you, K. Morris for sharing this!

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From time to time, I Google my books to ascertain whether any of them have received a mention, for example in the form of a book review. Whilst searching for one of my titles yesterday (Wednesday 10th July), I came across a link to the book on Kiss Library.

All of my books (with the exception of Guide Dogs Anthology), are available from Amazon and (in the case of “My Old Clock I Wind“, and “Lost in the Labyrinth of My Mind“, also from Moyhill Publishing. I have never authorised Kiss Library to sell any of my books.

I was, obviously concerned to discover that Kiss Library is offering one of my works for sale without my permission. Firstly (as already stated) I never granted that organisation permission to sell any of my titles, and, secondly any funds from such sales will not be going into…

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Elizabeth Acevedo began to love literature with Dominican fables

Repeating Islands

eliz.jpg[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The full title of the article is “Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the Carnegie Medal, began to love literature with Dominican fables.” Carolina Pichardo (Listin Diario) interviews Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the award-winning The Poet X.

Elizabeth Acevedo was born in New York, but she is well aware that her roots are Dominican—so much so that she did not grow up with the usual fairy tales as a typical girl in the United States. During her childhood, she was more inclined towards those stories from the Dominican culture that her mother used to tell her.

Legends like the ones on the ciguapa, or anecdotes from her mother’s country upbringing, were always present in her early years during which she was inheriting the wisdom of her mother’s storytelling. “I grew up with my mom’s stories. When…

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How I Got My Literary Agent – Part Two

This is interesting, inspiring, and informational. 🙂


Right…continuing from Part One.

I got my first rejection a few days after I sent that first query…and I was thrilled!!! Someone actually responded to me! This shit was real! Forgive me, but remember I had never gotten a response from the sole agent query I had sent months before. This agency promised to respond to queries within a week, so queried another agent at the same agency, and squealed when the rejection came back the next day. These were real people!

Don’t judge me…

Let’s backtrack a bit…

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SNEAK PEEK: Excerpts from the beginning of SIDE CHICK NATION, the first novel published about Hurricane Maria

Aya de Leon

“Gripping feminist heist fiction about turning the tables on the disaster capitalists in the jaws of climate apocalypse? Improbably and thrillingly, Aya de Leon has pulled off exactly that with SIDE CHICK NATION. I couldn’t put it down.”
-Naomi Klein author The Shock Doctrine

Side Chick Nation, a novel

when deadly storms hit, the truth gets laid bare…

Dulce García was a teen sexually exploited by a violent New York pimp until Marisol Rivera rescued her. But Dulce didn’t stay rescued for long. In SIDE CHICK NATION, Dulce’s unhealed trauma and appetite for thrills lead her into an endless party of sugar daddies in the Caribbean. Until she gets caught in Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico—and witnesses both the heartbreaking disaster of climate change, and the international vultures who plunder the tragedy for a financial killing, making shady use of relief funds to devastate the island even more . …

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Cooperation vs Competition: Interacting With Other Authors

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

My experience with authors is that they’re a pretty supportive lot.  This is not always the case. I remember reading comments in a group by one author who refused to have much to do with others. Her argument was that her time was limited and spending it with other authors was sub-optimal.  Maybe someone like Stephen King or JK Rowling doesn’t benefit to any great extent from working with others but I believe in general it’s a good idea.

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