Hello everyone! As apart of #TheCandleAndTheFlame street team I am going to recommend you some stuff! I decided not to recommend novels but instead other forms of media such as tv shows. Based on different aspects that are present in The Candle and the Flame. I won’t be including any links. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Three images were taken from Google images. The last one is from GR. A few of these may have some triggers. I’ll list the triggers. I would also suggest looking into triggers as well.
Ms. Marvel follows Kamala Khan a Pakistani-American as she navigates super powers, high school, family, religion, and friendships. Throughout the series Kamala is tested in ways she does not expect and learns how to cope with the consequences of her decisions.
Marvel fans will recognize some of their favourite superheroes making appearances. Captain Marvel and Iron Man make the most appearances.
I love this series! Kamala is so relatable and sweet. Islam plays a major role in the series and it is done so beautifully! It means so much as a Muslim to have books with an accurate portrayal of Islam amongst teenagers!
Kamala’s family aren’t the only Muslims, there’s also her best friend Nakia and the Imam of the Mosque. Each play a vital role in the series and are very different Muslims. Other characters with different ethnicities and faiths are present as well. All dealt with beautifully!
The comic book series is ongoing. The latest release being Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again.
Trigger warning: Islamophobia, racism, discrimination, and bullying.
The Quintessential Quintuplets follows Futaro Uesugi who is top in his class, as he tutors a set of quintuplets. Much to his agony said quintuplets refuse his help at every chance they get. Along the way he befriends these quintuplets. And succeeds in getting them to study. There is also a bit of a mystery with flashes in the future.
The Quintessential Quintuplets has such a beautiful focus on family! Specifically sisters. Each sister is so unique and their relationship to one-another is the strongest part of the series!
I also really love that Futaro’s family plays a huge role! And while I really didn’t like him in the beginning he really grew on me. He grows from his relationship with the quintuplets and vice versa.
There is an ongoing Manga series as well as an anime. The anime has been renewed for a second season. Probably releasing in 2020.
Trigger warning: Grief.
Violet Evergarden follows Violet who is coping with PTSD after the war has ended. Violet is described as a ‘doll’ by people. She’s very beautiful and doll like, but has no concept of people or emotions. Despite her doll like appearance Violet played a vital role in the war. Realizing that she needs to work on herself Violet gets a job writing letters for people.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Violet Evergarden! Despite it being a very sad series (there wasn’t an episode where I didn’t cry), I found quite a bit of it relatable. I liked that Violet needed to work on her emotional problems and PTSD after the war. She realized that she had a lot to work through and found a good way to do it.
It’s really nice that by the end of the season, Violet also doesn’t fit into the typical ‘strong female’. She is away from the war and therefore not having to fight. Too many people (mostly men) consider ‘strong females’ to either have a superpower or amazing fighting skills.
Violet can fight really well, and throughout the season she realizes that there’s more to life than the war. That she can live a happy and accomplished life away from the war. It doesn’t define Violet let alone proves her worth as a person.
There are multiple women in the anime and each one demonstrates tremendous strength! Violet works in an all female office, some of the episodes are narrated from her coworkers point of view. Which gives you each of the characters’ backstory along with their relationship to Violet.
The anime does such a excellent job portraying each of these women! None of them are perfect and they know that. All the women grow to be better from the relationships they have with one-another. Especially Violet.
The anime is available on Netflix. The light novel series is finished. There are going to be two films released. One in 2019 the other early 2020.
Trigger warning: PTSD, grief, death, depression, and trauma.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic follows Aladdin as he asks a Dijinn for a wish. Aladdin is then transported to the real world where he meets Alibaba. The two become fast friends and vow to be by each other’s side. Along the way they meet a slave whose name is Morgiana.
With the help of Aladdin and Alibaba, Morgiana is sent free. She chooses to follow the boys as a way of making it up to them. The three venture into different lands and find themselves in the presence of a power struggle.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic utilizes it’s setting very well! The culture, the food, the language, etc. was done beautifully! There are so many different countries and people that make’s it enjoyable to watch. It also helps to give you the full picture without black or white.
It’s also so much fun that some of the characters are based off of The Arabian Nights! Others are based on tales sometimes from religious texts. As a Muslim I didn’t find any of this to be insensitive. Rather I felt that it was dealt it well! There are of course several differences from the actual stories the author used as an influence. I found that to be apart of the appeal.
There is an anime. Which is just two seasons and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Plus there is a prequel anime series. It’s one season and also ends on a cliffhanger. The manga series is complete.
Trigger warning: Slavery, torture, abuse, trauma, death, and grief.