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What's a Jo Graham book?

I was doing a grant application recently and one of the questions stumped me. "What makes it a _____ book? How would a reader know your work out of all the books in the library?" So I put that question to you: What is a Jo Graham book? What makes it different? How would you guess a book was mine?

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mari4212
Sep. 23rd, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
I have so many mixed feelings about the original X-men movies, because I love scenes like that, and I love Xavier/Magneto's complex relationship, but I hate that they sidelined and destroyed Scott and the Scott/Jean relationship to have Logan as the viewpoint character.

Because yes, Scott Summers hits every single bit of my lawful good not lawful stupid character/dutiful hero kink.

I hate most post-apocalyptic stuff because it ends up being disaster porn and an excuse for everyone to act on their worst nature. But your stuff is about how people can rise up and build anew, cherish what was good and then try to make it better. It's like Terry Pratchett's Nation in that respect.
jo_graham
Sep. 27th, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a Scott fan, and I feel like the ensemble doesn't work without him. He's the Cameron Mitchell of the group, and you've got to have him to make it work.

I hate most post-apocalyptic stuff because it ends up being disaster porn and an excuse for everyone to act on their worst nature.

Yes, that. That's the reason I hate new Battlestar Galactica. The original, corny as it sometimes was, was about how even apocalyptic disaster can be overcome if you rely on your friends, on teamwork, on family of choice, and faith. The new one killed every one of those things, including trust, respect for other viewpoints, and democratic process. In the old one, even when the Council made mistakes Adama abided by their decisions because he honestly believed that people had a right to vote for their fate, and he utterly refused to be a military dictator. Apollo (who was very Scott/Cameron) became the single father of his dead wife's son from a previous relationship and was a devoted father. That important relationship entirely disappeared. I could go on. But then I did go on. I wrote Black Ships!