SFF Sexier (and Healthier) Than Fifty Shades of Grey

The third (and final) Fifty Shades movie—Fifty Shades Freed—opens this weekend, just in time for Valentine’s Day. While we’re glad those crazy kids are finally settling down, there’s no denying that the film and book series depict an unrealistic, unhealthy BDSM relationship.

But it doesn’t have to be this way—after all, sci-fi and fantasy authors have written believable power exchanges and sexual agency into their books and comics for decades. So instead of headdesking over Christian and Ana’s sexcapades, pick up these books by Jacqueline Carey, Octavia Butler, Matt Fraction, and more!

 

Magic University Series — Cecilia Tan

Tan has long been one of the foremost voices in writing and publishing erotic sci-fi and fantasy. Her work mixes BDSM culture with magic and aliens, as in her short fiction collection Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords.

With her New Adult paranormal romance Magic University series, Tan combines her favorite ...

This Updated PokéRap is Everything Right with Pop Culture

PokeRap As we are currently in the height of the PokéRenaissance, you have to expect some fantastic Pokémon mashups, but we’re happy to report that we’ve found the best one yet! Ally Jane Grossan shared an updated Pokémon rap that may be the greatest encapsulation of our modern age. Neil Cicierega has taken the flotsam and jetsam of the last forty years – everything from Hoobastank to JNCOs to, yes, Pinochet – and renamed every single freaking Pokémon, creating a surrealist stew of pop culture. Click through to experience the rap! PokéRAP (HQ) from Neil Cicierega on Vimeo.  

Shakespeare Adaptations That Best Speak to Teens

Shakespeare adaptations for teenagers Later in our Shakespeare on Tor.com essay series, Emily Asher-Perrin will tell you about a high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was engineered to get teens excited about Shakespeare. It did not work. It also wasn’t the only scheme of its kind: There’s always some well-meaning drama teacher—or movie director—who wants to make Shakespeare speak to the youth of today. Whether that involves playing up the sex, drugs, and violence that characterize various works; dropping Shakespearean verse into a modern setting; or building something entirely new off the framework of a play—many have tried. In the best of these adaptations, Shakespeare’s work serves as a jumping-off point for meditations on race, sexuality, and gender roles, with films that embrace diversity in more meaningful ways than just colorblind casting or genderswapping, and instead try to get to core truths about the human condition. (Often with outrageous ...
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