When I was writing The Pyramid Waltz, I didn’t want to fall into a trap where my characters of color are concerned. (Try saying that five times fast.)
I didn’t want Starbride to be the wise brown person only there to enlighten her paler counterparts. I wanted her to be her own person, with her own quirks and faults and strengths. Many of my lovely beta readers have told me that she’s very human. I take that as high praise since I was hoping to stay far away from stereotypes.
I think some of blond Barbies might be darker than these two, tho. Seriously, Mattel, what’s up with that?
Anyway! I got lots of birthday Barbies, so guess what? Now Evil Barbie and Good Barbie can have allies! Can you say, epic fight scenes?
Two kens, glamorous evil side, sensible shoes good side, and one panda. Who will win?!?!?
One thing never changes, though. This:
Still equals this:
Some things never change. The Barbies of color are just glad they’re not A) The ones in the ropes B) The mythical spiritual healers or C) The plucky/macho soldiers who never make it through the film.
Happy Wednesday, everyone. Thank goodness it’s June.