Top 35 N. K. Jemisin Quotes

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I tend to write society as I see and understand it.

I tend to write society as I see and understand it.
N. K. Jemisin
There’s a thriving field of self-published stuff in, particularly, black fiction. I don’t know that other groups of people of color have that same recourse.
N. K. Jemisin
This is magic we’re talking about. It’s supposed to go places science can’t, defy logic, wink at technology, fill us all with the sensawunda that comes of gazing upon a fictional world and seeing something truly different from our own.
N. K. Jemisin
It’s human nature that we come in our own flavours, and it doesn’t make any sense to write a monochromatic or monocultural story unless you’re doing something extremely small – a locked room-style story.
N. K. Jemisin
Readers seem to really like the fact that what I’m writing is not traditional fantasy.
N. K. Jemisin
I would love to just write and not have everything I say or do turn into a political battle.
N. K. Jemisin
I’ve always believed that as an artist, as a writer, you need a lot of contact with other people to make your art good.
N. K. Jemisin
If you can imagine something, it will be.
N. K. Jemisin
I write what feels real. I write things that are informed both by my own experience and by actual history.
N. K. Jemisin
Actual Victorian mores and politics were a reaction to a specific series of historical events, technological and scientific developments, and ethical trends in which the commodification of people was de rigueur.
N. K. Jemisin
It’s hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there’s all these ‘rules’ I’m supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines.
N. K. Jemisin
Fantasy is fantasy. It’s fiction. It’s not meant to be a textbook. I don’t believe in letting research overwhelm the fiction. That’s a danger of science fiction in particular, as opposed to fantasy. A lot of writers forget that what they’re doing is supposed to be art.
N. K. Jemisin
I am a linear thinker in a lot of ways.
N. K. Jemisin
All people who grew up with science fiction and fantasy and horror went through the whole acculturation process of the genre. We were all told to read the golden age writers. We were all told Heinlein and Asimov and all these straight, white males, although some of them were Jewish.
N. K. Jemisin
I think most fiction focuses on uncomfortable settings because that’s interesting.
N. K. Jemisin
I read a lot of history for fun.
N. K. Jemisin
I was raised to be very wary of the police. I was raised to stay away from them unless you absolutely have to. Because they’re dangerous.
N. K. Jemisin
Any writer kind of who knows what they’re doing goes forth and grabs a copy of an issue of something that they want to be published in, or they skim it online. They read what that market has been doing. They see a particular flavor of fiction.
N. K. Jemisin
Knowing about authors’ beliefs helps you understand how those beliefs influence their writing, and things you thought meant one thing, once you’ve got enough information about that writer, you suddenly realize mean an entirely different thing. That makes a difference.
N. K. Jemisin
I tend to like writing characters that are not typical heroes.
N. K. Jemisin
Reactionary movements can’t sustain themselves unless they find something new to catch and burn on.
N. K. Jemisin
I think the people who believe that works can and always should be divorced from the context are people who have the privilege to do so.
N. K. Jemisin
Magic is the mysteries into which not everyone is so lucky, or unlucky, as to be initiated. It can be affected by belief, the whims of the unseen, harsh language. And it is not. Supposed. To make. Sense. In fact, I think it’s coolest when it doesn’t.
N. K. Jemisin
I don’t really understand why so many fantasy writers choose to focus on worlds that just seem strangely denuded. But to them, I guess it doesn’t seem strange. And I guess that’s their privilege. It isn’t mine.
N. K. Jemisin
It takes practice to do anything unique within this field, period, in writing, practice doing anything unique in writing.
N. K. Jemisin
I write for myself – but it is nice when other people like it, too!
N. K. Jemisin
Reconciliations are for after the violence has ended.
N. K. Jemisin
As a black woman, I have no particular interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would I? The status quo is harmful; the status quo is significantly racist and sexist and a whole bunch of other things that I think need to change.
N. K. Jemisin
With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.
N. K. Jemisin
In the ‘Dreamblood’ books, I’m focusing more on what I like about epic fantasy: the layering and depth of tension; the chance to really delve into the minutia of an alternate society and its politics; a large cast of characters to love and hate.
N. K. Jemisin
Reconciliation is a part of the healing process, but how can there be healing when the wounds are still being inflicted?
N. K. Jemisin