Yes, people really get stuck with certain images. Sometimes I think it’s worth it for a story teller to cater to. Costuming and furniture are major examples. If your story takes place in 1860, people always have older stuff, just like we do today, but it doesn’t cost too much to cater to the audience. But in terms of representation? No, I don’t think people should compromise. In fact I think there’s a moral obligation to challenge the white washed mythology people have constructed about the past.

With fantasy it’s even more ridiculous to object. It’s all made up! That’s the point! How are wizards and dragons easier to accept than like...queer people?