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ENTERTAINMENT: Disney Princes Become Queens

What would happen if Disney princes hung up their swords and boots for sequins and blush? You don’t need to imagine it, as one artists has created 10 incredible mash ups of Drag Race and Disney. Isaiah Stephens, posting on his Tumblr, wrote: ‘I personally think that Rupaul’s Drag Race is one of the best shows on television. To see what some of these queens can do is simply incredible. You don’t have to be gay or a woman to appreciate talent. What these contestants can do with just makeup and wit is pure magic. And what’s more magical than Disney?! … Read more

Drag Queen Heroines and Villains

Queen magazine has exclusively provided Dragaholic and Queerty with 16 incredible photos, captured for their first and second issues by photographer Magnus Hastings. Issues one and two, the heroine and villain issues respectively, are guaranteed to make anybody who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s feel nostalgic. Which heroin or villain did you love most as a child? Leave a comment below and let us know! Story from Queerty

For Readers: Villains We Love

Speculative fiction has a great pantheon of villains – from JRR Tolkien’s Sauron to Star Trek’s Khan. From Valdemort to Darth Vader. We love to hate our villains. So today’s question: who is your favorite spec fic villain? And for extra points, your favorite villain in LGBTIQ speculative fiction? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

Discussion: Writing From the Dark Side


Today’s discussion topic comes from QSFer MK Mancos: How about turning the genre on its ear and writing from the villain’s perspective? What kind of world would it be then? I know a few of our QSF authors have done this, and we’ve seen it in pop culture – think Maleficent and Wicked. So my questions today – what other villains are ripe for a rehabilitation? And on the LGBTQI side, how can we turn the old trope of the gay villain around?

Announcement: Where There’s Smoke, by Cari Z.

Where There's Smoke

QSFer Cari Z. has a new superhero/villain MM book out: Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob. But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over … Read more


Today’s topic was submitted by QSF Member RW Urbina: “Do villains deserve redemption? Or how evil is too evil when writing the big bad? It’s something I’ve been struggling with during the last month.” I have to admit, I’ve struggled with this little bit too. I have a hard time writing villains. I want all of my characters to be happy and friendly and nice. And I realize that this can make for very dull characters. But I think it comes from my near-pathological desire to have everyone like me. The other problem I often see is that many villains … Read more