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Emmet Asher-Perrin

Announcing the 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop. The winners of the 2021 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 4-7, 2021 in Montréal, Canada. This year’s theme for the convention is “Fantasy, Imagination, and the Dreams of Youth.”

The full list of finalists follows.

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Black Widow Outdoes Every Avenger, and Somehow Makes It Look Easy

Fans were introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s iteration of Natasha Romanoff in 2010, and not a year went by when the studio wasn’t asked the same sad question: Where’s our Black Widow movie?

It took too long to get here. Thankfully, it has been worth the wait, and now the only sadness that lingers is the bitter knowledge that we won’t be getting more of these films. Because Black Widow proves that Natasha always had what it took to hold up her own corner of the MCU and then some—it just took the assembling (ahem) of a team that cared enough to tell her story.

[Minor spoilers for Black Widow.]

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Good Omens Is a Love Story, and I Will Never Recover From It

I have been a devotee of Good Omens for the majority of my life. It is among my favorite books… ever? I’m going with ever. I was deeply entrenched in the fandom in college, and never miss an excuse to drag out my copy and read bits aloud. And in all the time I’ve been enamored, there have been rumors about this and that adaptation. Films and treatments and whispers and actors ranging from Robin Williams to Johnny Depp and beyond. The eventual audio drama. And then, finally, after years of waiting, we received what we deserved.

It’s the end of the world, my dears. And who could have predicted how delightful it would turn out to be?

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Luca Should Have Owned Its Accidental Allegory and Become Pixar’s First Queer Film

Made during the 2020 quarantine, Luca is Pixar’s next attempt to make adults and children alike cry with tender tales of family, friendship, and love. The story of a young sea monster named Luca (Jacob Tremblay) and his unlikely friendship with fellow sea monster Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), Luca had the opportunity to do beautiful and unexpected things. But the Pixar method is wearing thin these days, and there’s not enough uniqueness in the film to make it stand out among their offerings.

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Okay, Do Superheroes Bone or Not?

If you’ve been avoiding the discourse over on superhero Twitter lately (which I understand and applaud you for), you may have missed the latest dust up around a cut scene in the upcoming third season of the Harley Quinn animated series, and the resultant resurfacing of the age-old question: Do heroes do that?

And before we get bogged down in colorful euphemisms: Yes, we’re talking about sex.

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