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Kitty Ryan
Date: 2010-05-01 23:52
Subject: BADD 2010 2.0. No, REALLY. I'd prefer not to be healed!
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Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2010

And so we begin with the long version. Please take note of the preface on the previous post.

 

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Kitty Ryan
Date: 2010-05-01 23:48
Subject: BADD 2010: Dear Author: Please, don't heal me!
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Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2010

Dear Author: Please, don't heal me!


Two melodramatic and overitalicised letters to author Alison Goodman. My first venture in Blogging Against Disabalism.

The short version:

Dear Ms Goodman,

Your book! It was epic! And exciting! And you never once made a mess of your own pronouns or anyone else’s with one of the coolest trans characters I’ve ever seen! And your protagonist wasn’t too bad, either! You had me at the first kung-fu flourish. But wait! There's more!

Your lead was disabled?! And dealt with it? And was allowed to get angry? And she was neither in a Quasimodo caricature, nor like anything Katy ‘I’m-gracefully-accepting-my-school-of-pain’ Carr? (i.e. an obligatory angel, afraid of the burden she places upon others.) She wasn’t either of those and was she able to kick arse with modified moves that made sense? Enough sense to make me overemphasise like the elocution teacher of doom? Yes! Oh, my god. Yes!

...and then you broke my heart.

MIRACLE. CURE. NOVEL.

SERIOUSLY?


Kthxbai.


Two things before the long version [EDIT: which has to go into a separate post because it's bloody enormous]: One, this is not a book review. It is a book response. It contains spoilers. Big ones, as I am working under the assumption that not everyone reading this has read Alison Goodman’s Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, originally released in Australia and the United Kingdom as The Two Pearls of Wisdom (2008).

Two: This is not the most detailed study you’re ever going to find on miracle cure novels. Lois Keith, in Take Up Thy Bed and Walk: death, disability and cure in classic fiction for girls (2001), is more eloquent than I in describing the scaffolding of these texts and their implications.

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