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Culture, Media, and Elf Saga: Part Two

Read Part One

I did a lot of being-alive in the 1990s when there were a ton of popular shows featuring all-black casts, from A Different World to Fresh Prince to Moesha to Family Matters to Girlfriends. Black superhero Static Shock had his own animated TV series. Back then, it was easy (for me at least) to feel like it was totally normal to see lots of complex characters (and families and communities) with not-white faces in the media.

But not so much today, which is dumb because the US is about 35% not-white and the planet is about 80% not-white. (Also, Idris Elba is awesome. Have you seen Luthor?) The fantasy genre especially tends to be be fairly pale and male, even today. I don’t see a ton of evolution in diversity between Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, or the upcoming Shannara series on MTV.

And this hurts our society. We all need heroes and role models, both explicitly and subconsciously, to help us grow up and become awesome people. (This has been proven by science, by the way, on everything from gender to race to mental health to body image issues.) Nichelle Nichols’s performance on Star Trek inspired a young Whoopi Goldberg to become an actress, whose performance on Direct from Broadway in turn inspired Shonda Rhimes to become a TV writer. See? It matters! It works!

So here’s me, doing the other thing. Why? Because I have two daughters, and I want them to grow up in the best world possible. I may not be able to change network television, or Hollywood, or the video game industry, but I evidently have the time and temperament to sit around writing Elf Saga books, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Continued in Part Three…

Culture, Media, and Elf Saga: Part One

So, as Elf Saga: BLOODLINES comes out, I want to talk a little about world cultures in popular media, and cultural appropriation, and white dudes writing about non-white non-dudes.

(Disclaimer: I am a straight white dude in the US.)

The Elf Saga series takes place on a fictional world of elves, dragons, and unicorns. It is in no way historical. However, it is full of fictional people and places that are clearly similar to actual people and places in the real world. What am I up to?

When I sat down to write this series, my goal was to (1) write a modern, fun version of a classic epic fantasy adventure and (2) fill it up with characters and settings that would feel globally inclusive and create heroes that a wide range of readers could feel connected to on various levels.

I wanted real women who were professional, funny, angry, girly, athletic, gay, inventive, shy, or foul-mouthed from many different cultures (with many different appearances) to be able to find at least one heroine in Elf Saga that they felt a connection to.

Yes, the diversity was totally deliberate. No, I don’t believe in “write the best story and whatever characters show up are the right characters, regardless of gender or ethnicity”. That’s baloney. I wanted these specific characters, and they made for an awesome story. So that’s why the cast of Elf Saga is as diverse as it is. And it is awesome.

Continued in Part Two…

New release: ELF SAGA: BLOODLINES is here!

Friends, readers, and random strangers, I am happy to announce that my newest book ELF SAGA: BLOODLINES is here! This sequel to DOOMSDAY features an amazing cover by series artist Linggar Bramanty and a pretty okay story by me,  and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today. So what’s it about?


elfsaga2_cover_01_900Thirty years ago, a group of elven heroines saved the world from a dragon apocalypse. Now their daughters are on a quest of their own… to save themselves. (Because the world is okay, for the moment.)

Searching for remedies to diseases, curses, and death itself, our heroines journey deep into an ancient lost city to find mystical devices, immortal beings, and gateways to the ends of the universe.

Explore an epic fantasy world that’s as classic as it is bizarre with GENESEE, an artist who desperately wants to get rid of her jaguar powers, RAJANI, a young healer with a fabulous flying ship and an entourage of faeries, AMARA, a gunslinging princess with a baby on the way, and NAHINA, an expert sailor from the southern isles (no, not where Prince Hans comes from) who wants to walk through time itself.

Return to the world of Vaenos, where dragons are weapons of mass destruction, faeries are pests, mermaids are monsters, and everyone has long pointy ears! With heroines inspired by historical warriors and leaders, this modern twist on old-school fantasy mashes up classics like Lord of the Rings with the funny, sexy, self-aware style of Supernatural, Buffy, Archer, and Rat Queens.

Publisher’s Note: This omnibus edition contains all three parts of the Elf Saga: Bloodlines story, including Curse of the Jaguar, City of the Dead, and Return of the Fallen.


You can purchase Bloodlines on Amazon: ebook and paperback.

You can also get several other books free when you join my mailing list.

Elf Saga News!

How is the all-woman, all-awesome fantasy series Elf Saga doing? Pretty darn good! The reviews for DOOMSDAY are all raves, except from one individual who did not want to read about gay elf women, so I’d call that a pretty clean sweep.

What’s next for Elf Saga?

This month you’ll be seeing the next volume, Elf Saga: BLOODLINES! Set 33 years after DOOMSDAY, this book brings together the next generation of heroines with long pointy ears. Meet Lozen’s daughter, who inherited the amazing powers of the Jaguar Knight, and is desperate to get rid of them before they kill her! Meet Niya’s and Nadira’s daughter, who is just adorable, though often inappropriate. And meet Amina’s daughter, who turned out to be a bit of a jerk, but in her defense it’s mostly because she’s dying. She’s also pregnant. So cut her some slack!

They team up with a charming Tenjian treasure hunter and a mysterious sailor from the southern isles (no, not where Prince Hans came from) to find an ancient lost city (every fantasy world has one) so they can save themselves from their parents’ mistakes, and maybe get rich and famous along the way.

But the fun won’t end there, because Elf Saga truly is a saga, and I’m already deep into Volume 3: The SEQUELING!

More as it develops.

THERE ARE LESBIANS IN ELF SAGA!!!!!!

It has recently been brought to my attention that my new book Elf Saga: Doomsday contains lesbian characters.

It has also recently been brought to my attention that some readers get all squeamish and freaked out by lesbian characters.

So, to all my readers who are upset by the presence of the lesbian characters in Elf Saga: Doomsday, I’d like to take this opportunity to formally not-apologize. Get over it.

Here is a list of things that happen (or are described) in Elf Saga: Doomsday before it is revealed that one of the heroines is a lesbian:

  • Swearing (and lots of it!)
  • Drinking
  • Witchcraft
  • Monsters
  • Breaking and entering
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Genocide

So if you find the above items to be good clean fun, but think it’s unacceptable when two women kiss, then you need to seriously re-examine your priorities.

Right now.

Go on.

Re-examine.

Do it.

ELF SAGA – post a review, get it free!

A quick and easy offer, folks.

Step 1: Head to Amazon and get ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY (Part One) for free.

Step 2: Read it, love it, and post a review on Amazon. (Reader Maddie just posted that it is a “great read. I can honestly say, I’ve got to read the next book. It’s so seriously funny at times. I couldn’t put this book down.”

Step 3: Then email me (josephrobertlewis @gmail.com) about your review, and I’ll send you the complete ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY (all five parts!) for free.

That’s it!

 

New release: ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY is here!

Friends, readers, and random strangers, my newest book ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY is here! I’ve been working on this book for a long time and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today. What’s it about?

Five badass elves are going to save the world. These heroines were inspired by historical queens and warriors from France, Nigeria, India, Japan, and the Apache. This book is weird and funny and sexy, with wall-to-wall action set all over the world. Check it out:


A dragon apocalypse is about to destroy the world, but five elven women are going to stop it. Probably.

Explore an epic fantasy world that’s as classic as it is bizarre with JENAVELLE, a knight who’s sick and tired of fantasy tropes, AMINA, a bloodthirsty pirate who loves flowers and bunnies, NIYA, a hard-drinking mercenary who really (really) hates faeries, TOMOE, a shaman who is coping well with her recent resurrection, and LOZEN, a hunter whose hobbies include violence, sex, food, leather, and more violence.

Together they travel the world to slay monsters, save innocents, find unicorns, break witches’ curses, argue with their families, discover the origins of elven life, pick up lovers, end a war, and, oh yes, stop the dragon apocalypse. How hard can it be?

Discover the world of Vaenos, where dragons are weapons of mass destruction, faeries are pests, mermaids are monsters, and everyone has long pointy ears! This modern twist on the epic fantasy mashes up classics like Lord of the Rings with the funny, sexy, self-aware style of Supernatural, Buffy, Archer, and Rat Queens.

Publisher’s Note: This omnibus edition contains all five parts of the Elf Saga: Doomsday story, including Blood of the Dragon, Curse of the Unicorn, Nightmare of the Faerie, Trials of the Kitsune, and Knight of the Jaguar.


Get the ebook on Amazon or the paperback on Amazon.

ELF SAGA is a story told in five parts, and you can get the parts separately on Amazon or Smashwords.

You can also get Part One: Blood of the Dragon, along with several other books, all free when you join my mailing list.