25 January 2020

Roundtable Roundup: Jun. - Nov. 2018

In my last post I mentioned most of my blogging was devoted to an awesome site I'm proud to work for, Speculative Chic. I joined spring of 2018 and primarily work as a content editor, but I also contribute to articles, too!

I have a lot of fun whenever we do the Roundtables, a monthly post where we gather our contributors to talk about a specific topic in fantasy, sci fi, and horror. You can expect books, movies, TV, video games, anime, manga, and comics to pop up in any given conversation, as we explore a wide variety of media on our site.

Here are my Roundtable contributions for 2018!

June 2018 - By the Cover
Let’s be honest: despite the adage, we are all guilty of occasionally judging books by the cover. We know we shouldn’t, but sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves. This month’s roundtable topic was suggested by Nicole Taft, bookseller par excellence. She sees a lot of book covers, and wanted to talk about books that we, as readers, picked up simply based on the cover. It’s so easy to be tempted, with such interesting covers floating around out there [...] 
I picked Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Will and Temper, which has one of the most beautiful Victorian-styled covers I've ever seenRead more here.

July 2018 - Our Guilty Pleasures
[...] We all know that there are things that one “shouldn’t” like in the vast world of speculative media. There are things that aren’t considered “good” for one reason or another. For example, there’s a cosmically popular vampire book / film series that is widely shunned in certain circles. But do we love it anyway? Maybe. Perhaps it’s something that we know we shouldn’t be doing, because we have better things that we know we could be doing with our times. Maybe reading back through my old Fear Street collection is not the best use of my time, but if it makes me happy…why should I feel guilty? [...]
I picked the anime series Diabolik Lovers as my guilty pleasure -- the most problematic anime I could think of, and yet I couldn't look away. Read more here.

September 2018 - Let's Get Musical
Music is everywhere! Our favorite moments in movies, video games, and television almost always have some kind of musical accompaniment. From the hauntingly beautiful “Light of the Seven” which accompanied a crucial scene in season six of Game of Thrones (no spoilers at the link) to the plethora of musical tidbits from the highway scene in the first Deadpool (seriously, Salt-n-Pepa, Juice Newton, followed by the amazing electronic score from Junkie XL), we are spoiled for choice in amazing musical moments. [...]
One of the most diverse musical scores in terms of style and mood comes from Yutaka Yamada, who composed the music to Tokyo Ghoul. With plenty of audio links for you to sample, read more here.

November 2018 - What Brought You Joy (2018 Edition)
Without getting in too deep, the last few years have been tough on a lot of us for a variety of reasons. Many things haven’t exactly gone the way that we would like them to. People are even throwing around the term “the darkest timeline” in reference to the way the world is going. When we find something that makes us happy, no matter how small, we ought to embrace it. It was with this in mind that I proposed to our contributors the same question that we answered last year at around this time: What brought you joy? [...]
I talk about My Hero Academia, The Dragon Prince, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Read more here.

I was just getting started with Speculative Chic this year, so I was dipping my toes in the water while learning the ropes as an editor. As I continued on, I contributed far more to Roundtables in 2019, especially when I started my role with putting them together. Stay tuned for the next post Roundtable Roundup, coming soon!

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