Hey guys! A week ago it was my One Year Blogaversary. Yep! It’s Me, Lizzie! has been around for a year now. Due to some unfortunate health stuff, today is the first day that I’ve been able to celebrate, but I really do want to celebrate. So let’s do it!
The truth of the matter is that I started this blog more or less on a whim. I had just been reading a lot of blogs at the time—book blogs, in particular—and suddenly I wanted to have my own. I began to post book reviews on a blog that doesn’t exist anymore, and after a few weeks when I felt like I’d found my swing I moved over to WordPress and brought my early blog posts with me. And I have to say, I’m really glad that I made the move. I’ve met some awesome people in the WordPress community.
I was initially solely a book blog, but this wasn’t quite working for me. Due to my health, I couldn’t read books fast enough to publish book-related posts consistently. I also found that sometimes I just wanted to talk about something else. If I had a thought about a piece of fiction or a fandom, I would jot it down and publish it here. Over time, this became my primary content. I now write about fiction in general, not just book reviews, as well as posting the occasional bit of fandom news.
This is how It’s Me, Lizzie! will continue. I love the freedom to talk about whatever aspect of fiction I want. I will continue to post book reviews, but only in the long form typical of my series “The Sunday Review.”
So, to celebrate this blog being a year old, I want to revisit the first book that I ever reviewed on a blog: Chele Cooke’s Dead and Buryd. If you go back through the archive you will discover that it’s not the first thing I posted here, but it is the first book review that I wrote and I want to celebrate it.
Today, I’ll be writing a piece about Dead and Buryd in a style which better represents my current content. I’ll also be rewriting my review in the near future, so stay tuned for that!
3 Reasons Why Georgianna Rules
Chele Cooke’s sci-fi novel Dead and Buryd follows Georgianna, a resident of the planet Os-Veruh and one of the Veniche, a people living under the oppressive rule of the more advanced Adveni. Georgianna is a medic who treats the inmates of Lyndbury Compound, a prison infamously awful. She sets out to save a friend from slavery.
Oh, and also I love her? Here are three of the reasons why:
1. Lady Sci-Fi
Despite some of the biggest sci-fi fandoms having female leads in at least one instalment, it still feels rare to have a female protagonist in sci-fi or science fantasy. More, it feels like you’re making a political statement just by putting a woman anywhere near space. I’ve seen people bitch about Rey, question the lead of Star Trek: Discovery, and—Well, half my posts are about Doctor Who, so we probably don’t need to have that conversation again.
Georgianna is an excellent protagonist. She’s strong, she’s brave, she’s a survivor, she’s got all the emotional damage that a good sci-fi lead requires. She takes an active role in the story, even when she’s refusing to get directly involved in riskier situations. She also feels real. She feels genuine.
Georgianna is a really compelling protagonist to follow on this journey, and even though I have a weird thing for Wrench, I wouldn’t want anyone else at this book’s helm.
2. No Shame
People use “no shame” as a pejorative so allow me to clarify what I’m discussing. In Dead and Buryd, the love interest that we get for Georgianna is a casual one. Though there’s a creepy moment (I didn’t like him, okay?) I am extremely happy that a casual relationship was allowed to play such a prominent role.
Again, it’s rarer than it should be for a female character to have this side of her sexuality shown—or even, you know, permitted—but Georgianna is allowed to engage in a relationship casually, and she isn’t shamed for it by the narrative. The most that we get is one worried parent, which is perfectly understandable.
3. Doctor, Doctor!
I remember reading something recently about women as caregivers and stereotypes and blah blah blah, but the truth is that in this case, it doesn’t read like that at all. Georgianna is able to be a strong female character because she’s able to—independently of her being a medic—be gentle and care about people, be strong and risk her safety for others, and be cut off and struggling emotionally. She’s allowed to be a blend of stereotypically masculine and stereotypically feminine traits.
You know, like human beings are. This is how you write a strong female character, folks.
And do you know what? I have more that I could say about her. I have way more that I could say about her. But unfortunately I have a post schedule to keep to and more posts to write to stick to it, so, for the time being, I’ll have to say farewell to Dead and Buryd. I really want to come back to it, though, so keep an eye out for my updated review!
In the meantime, I strongly recommend that you check out Dead and Buryd for yourself. I love it. I’m looking forward to getting to reread it.
Thank you so so much for such an awesome year with this blog, everyone! I love writing for this blog and I love interacting with you in the comments. I also love interacting with you on Twitter, so make sure to check out my Twitter and give me a follow so you can always reach me.
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Thanks again for such an awesome year with It’s Me, Lizzie! I’m looking forward to the next one.