"None of this is going as planned."
July 7, 2021 8:45 AM   Subscribe

"I hate Original Diana immediately, or at least I want to hate her." "The Failed Dianas" is a short, emotional science fiction story by Monique Laban (Clarkesworld, February 2021) in which our Asian-American protagonist struggles with whether it is possible to make her parents happy. It was P H Lee's favorite story of the month.
posted by brainwane (6 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
that was a great story
posted by jazon at 10:15 AM on July 7, 2021

Dusty in here.
posted by evilDoug at 11:32 AM on July 7, 2021

Omg, that was terrifying and so beautiful.
posted by sharp pointy objects at 12:03 PM on July 7, 2021

Seems like Diana gets her stubbornness from her parents.
posted by otherchaz at 12:13 PM on July 7, 2021

That was nice.
posted by blob at 3:45 PM on July 7, 2021

I love the growing reveal of the story, the way its language grounds us in Diana's viewpoint.

It pairs interestingly in my mind with P.H. Low's recent story "Disenchantment" in Fantasy Magazine.
posted by sgranade at 4:22 PM on July 7, 2021 [1 favorite]

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