Top Quotes from Marjorie Liu

By | January 7, 2016

Marriage isn’t the end-point of a relationship. It’s just a stepping stone, one aspect of a long-term evolution between two people who have, for whatever reason, decided to take a leap of faith and say, ‘Well, hey, this is a person who I want to try with for the rest of my life.’ Which is not a guarantee of perfection – far from it.

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Superheroes are the best of us. Never mind all those powers or the crazy costumes. The heart of a superhero is meant to inspire.

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As creators and as readers, we need to always be pushing it – by looking for the books, looking for the artists and people and stories to support what we feel to be a better representation of all women. Of real women.

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Muscles are fleeting. Bodies give out. But integrity, honor? The confidence to be oneself, to follow one’s heart? The compassionate drive to help others, even at great risk? That’s strength.

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Every single girl, whether we want to recognize it or not, is a warrior.

Marjorie Liu

The thing about Gambit is that he’s a man who knows how to adapt to survive. He plays things by ear, depending on the situation, and never feels obligated to follow the rules, because the only rules that matter are his own sense of honor. Ultimately, that sense of honor includes ‘doing no harm’ – at least, not to the innocent.

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I think we worry way too much about where books should fit inside genres. In a romance, the hero and heroine are on a journey together, and no matter how awful it gets, by the end of the book they’ll be in love, with the probability of a happy ending.

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We’re not accustomed to giving women the space to express the full range of emotions and flaws that men are permitted. Anger and aggressiveness aren’t part of the scale of what is acceptable behavior in women, whereas men – in reality and in fiction – are allowed a much fuller range of emotion.

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Timing is irrelevant when it comes to desire.

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I could be shooting myself in the foot, but in some ways, I feel I’ve said all I’ve needed to say when to comes to, say, the ‘X-Men.’ I think I’ve hit the bright points, I think I’ve hit what I wanted to hit, and I can be happy moving on doing other things.

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I think when you look at the diversity of the readership, all the different people who love comics, I want comics to reflect the real world, and I think Marvel does a good job of trying to do that, but I don’t think there’s ever an end point when it comes to creating diversity and creating stories that people can relate to.

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I don’t want to give people the wrong advice to follow their dreams no matter what, because it’s not fun to be a starving artist. But on the other hand, life is short, and if you are burning with a passion to do something, then do it. Work hard, study hard at it, and don’t give up.

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Male heroes are entitled to particular privileges, and why not the women as well?

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I’m a writer and a feminist of color, and I’ve written complex, powerful women for my entire career. I’m just one voice, but there are many others like me.

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There are many different ways to express intimacy – a look, a touch – and I think it enriches the characters and stories when you create those moments and then build on them.

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The greatest enemy one ever faces is one’s own self.

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I had my dreams, and even though everyone told me that they weren’t practical, I knew in my heart that this is what I had to do. Even if it ended up being a failure, I had to make the attempt.

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Most of the female ‘superhero’ role models of my childhood came from novels, and they rarely had powers. Take Dorothy, for example, from ‘The Wizard of Oz;’ or Laura Ingalls and her sisters in the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ novels.

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I think that comic books have appealed to female readers for years.

Marjorie Liu

At his heart, Gambit is a good man who believes in taking care of his friends, and his friends are what’s most important to him. People are his home. He will do anything for those who matter to him.

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Han Solo has always been – and I think for a lot of people, too – this iconic character who’s the absolute definition of cool.

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I feel like the character of Han Solo is irreverent. A very serious, precious story about Han Solo would not be that enjoyable.

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People either fall into two camps, where they’re pro-fanfic, or they’re anti-fanfic. I would not have had the skills to write and publish my first novel if I hadn’t been writing fanfic.

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To all the young kids of color – and not so young – people who want to use their voices, who are thinking, ‘This seems difficult because I don’t see myself out there,’ I tell you, you must be persistent because we need you. We need you so, so badly.

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Monstress’ has been hard because I want to keep writing longer, but I can’t.

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I’m really bothered by questions of humanity, questions of war, questions of slavery.

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Growing up as Chinese-American, as someone who experienced racism, questions of ‘otherness’ are always at the forefront of my mind.

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I was going to be a lawyer, and I had studied hard, but then it suddenly occurred to me in a very deep, profound way that I didn’t want to keep practicing law for the rest of my life.

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I didn’t know how to write comics. I had to teach myself.

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I had never been a comic book person before, really, because I had no access to them. Once I had access, I thought that these are just another avenue for telling stories and delving into the imagination.

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When I’m writing comics, I’m also visualizing how the story will look on the page – not even always art-wise, but panel-wise, like how a moment will be enhanced dramatically by simply turning a page and getting a reveal. It requires thinking about story in a way I never had to consider when I was writing prose.

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I got into comics because I wrote an ‘X-Men’ novel for Pocket Books, and I introduced myself to the head of recruitment at Marvel. I’d heard through the grapevine they liked the book, so that gave me the courage to go up to them and be like, ‘Hey, if you ever need a writer, here I am.’

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I love writing novels, but there is something deeply invigorating about the comic-book medium.

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Part of the reason why my folks – why any immigrant family – wants their kids to go into law or medicine is because there’s the promise of reliable work. That’s a powerful idea that got hammered into my head growing up: Be this thing, or else you’ll starve.

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Finding the voice of a character, no matter who it is – from Black Widow to Han Solo – is the first and most important hurdle for me to cross in any work of fiction.

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Women have been writing strong women characters for a long time – hello, Maxine Hong Kingston! – it’s just taken mainstream comics a really long while to catch up.

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Individual writers can certainly make a difference, but they are working within a system, an institution, that still holds tremendous power over whose voices are heard and whose voices are rewarded.

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If you tell people what everything is before they have a chance to experience it, then I feel like it’s a much different experience.

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I don’t think of myself as having any freedom when it comes to how ‘Monstress’ is structured and how the story is going because a comic book has to be even more tightly structured than a novel, because there is no room for mistakes. Once the art is done, the art is done.

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I love writing prose. I really love writing prose. It’s very pleasurable for me.

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Comics writing is for your artist. It’s not for the general reader; it’s for the artist. So I love writing scripts for artists.

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I love writing comics too much.

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A novel is 400 pages; it’s an endurance race. There’s no artist, so I have to describe everything. It’s all prose. Whereas with comics, I can rely on the artist. It’s really wonderful to have that collaboration and to not always feel the burden of describing everything myself and also just to have someone who can paint the world.

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If men disappeared tomorrow, we’d still be having the abortion debate. If men disappeared tomorrow, there would still be racism and conflicts over religion.

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We like to imagine that women would do a better job of ruling the world – and I’m one of those optimists – but women aren’t a superior kind of life form just because of our gender. We’re awesome but not perfect. We’re human. Just like men.

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We’ve been conditioned to be incredibly avoidant. ‘I’m afraid I’ll be called a racist if I say something wrong,’ is the familiar retort. Well, okay, that’s scary and difficult, but staying silent, avoiding the issue, doesn’t mean that racism goes away.

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I can’t control what a reader takes from a story.

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In my solo series, I feel like I’ve often dealt with groups of people.

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As women, we have to deal with constant threats of violence. And it’s in our media and fiction, too. So we internalize it.

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Take ‘Ex Machina.’ Everyone said it was one of the great feminist works of science fiction. But what I found disappointing is that everything about the main female character is defined by men.

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Because there are almost no men in ‘Monstress,’ we’re focused completely on women. It’s removed from traditional structures.

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I was always into fantasy characters, stories of magic, but after Red Sonja, I became obsessed with the persona, the image, of the warrior woman – the sword-wielding, defiant, fearless woman.

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