Kayla Whaley talks with thirteen-year-old activist and author Melissa Shang about her recent middle grade debut.
Author Kayla Whaley
The most common wheelchair-using character has acquired paraplegia, but why is this particular narrative so prevalent, and at the expense of all others?
Magic and technology often minimize disability in SF/F. How can authors meaningfully engage with disability and the ways that speculative elements can affect disabled characters?
Linette is more a convenient plot device than a protagonist, and disabled readers deserve more. Young Knights of the Round Table is a prime example of incidental disability done wrong.
We have so few stories—especially lighthearted ones—with wheelchair-using characters that I’d hoped I’d be able to recommend I Funny, but it’s a dangerous narrative wrapped up and presented as “good messages.”
If our contributors could tell an author writing a character with their disability one thing–besides “do your research”–what would it be?
Is any representation better than no representation? That argument frequently comes up in response to criticism, but is it valid?