It’s that time again to shine a spotlight on the fangirls and heroines, fictional and real life, spotted around the web.
Check out this fantastic new comic from Top Shelf Productions: Strong Female Protagonist: Book One. An online comic since 2012, it’s now available in print after a successful Kickstarter fundraiser.
The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news that “Sony Picks Up Female-Centric Sci-Fi Action Script ‘Eden Project’ (Exclusive)”:
The studio has picked up The Eden Project, a sci-fi spec from Black List writer Christina Hodson. Tobey Maguire will produce via his Material production banner as well as Maguire’s Material mate Matthew Plouffe.
Sony is keeping the plot details for Eden guarded by a serpent, but it is a sci-fi action film centered around two female characters. The script also is intended to be the first of a conceived trilogy.
Sources say the deal for the spec was in the $750,000 range.
Columbia Pictures president Hannah Minghella orchestrated the deal for the studio in a competitive situation and will oversee the project.
TheMarySue’s article title says it all: “We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls.
The Legend of Korra Season 4 is awesome! Are you watching it?
Deadline reports that Universal Studios has renewed it’s Emerging Writers Fellowship program, created with the goal of bringing diverse voices into the development process, for another year. (via Glen Ewing on Twitter)
Helen O’Hara at Empire Online proposes that “In the Future… A Woman Will Direct Star Wars.”
Hap tip to Dunc at Club Jade for Tumbling this great post about the differences between male and female participation in fandom. I especially liked this passage:
Male fandom tends to be a curator fandom; male fandom collects, organizes, and memorizes facts and figures. Male fandom tends to be KEEPERS of the canon; the fandom places great weight on those who have the biggest collection, the deepest knowledge of obscure subjects, the first appearances, creators, character interactions.
Female fandom is creative. Females create fanart, cosplay, fanwritings. Female fandom ALTERS canon, for the simple reason that canon does not serve female fandom. In order for it to fit the ‘outsider’ (female, queer, POC), the canon must be attacked and rebuilt, and that takes creation.
“Male” fandom devalues this contribution to fandom, because it is not the ‘right’ kind of fandom.
Supernatural tackled the female fandom’s tendency to alter or transform canon in its 200th episode “Fan Fiction,” which was a love letter to the fandom (of mostly fangirls) that has kept it thriving.
NPR filed a fantastic story titled “When Women Stopped Coding.” Although computer science is now a heavily male-dominated discipline, many of the early pioneers in the field were women. The story of how the field changed is critical to addressing the future of STEM careers.
Thanks to Priya for sharing the link to this great feature in Ms. Magazine about the importance of the character Abbie Mills on Sleepy Hollow.
Tweets from Geek Kay, Joss Whedon, and others pointed me to this Refinery29 article: “Sarah Michelle Gellar Really Misses Being Buffy.” We miss her and Buffy, too.
“The one curse is, as an actor, you get very spoiled because you think all female characters are going to be that exciting, that interesting, that flawed — and that’s really not the case in Hollywood,” she said of her seven seasons as the lead on WB’s cult classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. “That’s the drawback — you have a standard of what to expect in the characters you play.”
If you doubted the Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr. – who now voices Kanan, the Jedi teacher on Rebels – are huge Star Wars fans, check out their Halloween this year.
Be sure to check out Her Universe’s new line of geek merchandise available for the holidays from HerUniverse.com and ThinkGeek.com. The Fangirls of Day since the last edition are: Jennifer, Violet, Lucy, Mary-Agnes, Laura, Elly, Erin, Audrey, Jennifer, Emma, Ella, Katie, Meggan, Laura, Marisa, Jen, Sarah, Maegan, Emily, Molly, SarahAnn, Melissa, Caitlin, Misty, Lily, Zoe, Michelle, Samantha, Kendall, Kristy, Nathalie, Sabrina, Hailey, Jennifer, Letitia, Loren, Stella and Anya, Kathleen, Catrina, Audrey, Melissa, Emme, AJ, Olivia, Maria, Leah, Disa, Sierra, Kat, Christine, Katie, Cathie, Jenna, Angela, Daniela, Becca, Trisha, and Heather.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.
Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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