A few conventions and books have put a cramp on the time to produce the latest edition of Fangirls Around the Web, where we spotlight female fans and their real and fictional heroines. But we have been saving the links and here they are!
First off, congratulations to all the fans who assembled to celebrate the return of Ahsoka Tano. The Nerdist has a great recap of the #AhsokaLives event at Celebration Anaheim.
At The Washington Post, Soraya Nadia McDonald reports on “Study: There are fewer women in lead roles in top films than there were in 2002.” That’s probably not a coincidence, considering another recent study concluding that men named “John, Robert, William & James Hold More Board Seats Than All Women.” (via Jezebel) One solution is programs like the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, which seeks “emerging writers from diverse backgrounds to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking.” More recently, Variety reported that “female directors face a strong bias in landing studio films.”
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Meredith Borders at Badass Digest wrote a great tribute to the end of Parks & Recreation and the importance of its star character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler.
Katherine Brooks at The Huffington Post reports on a cool new technological breakthrough: “High-Tech Ballet Shoes Hypnotically Trace The Physical Movement Of Dancers’ Feet.”
Katie Schenkel at TheMarySue explains why “DC Comics’ Catwoman is Officially Bisexual — Here’s Why That’s Important.”
The Hollywood Reporter shares the news that TheCW is developing a spin-off show with characters from Arrow and The Flash, including Caity Lotz, who played Sara Lance/Canary on Arrow.
On International Women’s Day Emma Watson held an amazing Q&A on gender equality and the Mary Sue compiled all the videos and highlights in one place.
One of my favorite fangirls Natacha Guyot, who is also an academic who studies fandom, has published a book A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars.
And finally it is time for fangirls to assemble with the Hot Topic exclusive line of Avengers fashion from Her Universe. The latest Her Universe Fangirls of the Day are: Dierdre, Chris, Morgan, Bex, Sam, Kirsten, Grace, Michelle, Alexis, Daisy, Lillian, Kristen, Kim, Emma, Chaney, Nicole, Semaiah, Mikayla, Mira, Sara, Katelyn, Laura, Ashley, Juliette, Jessica, Deborah, Wallie, Talia, Laura, Jocelyn, Lauren, Jenny, Alicia, Lexi, Delany, Jasmine, Treya, Amanda, Elisabeth, Hailee, Monica, Niamh, Ila, Rachael, Nicki, Tiffany, Kat, Mae, Dahlia, Lexi, Gabrielle, Lauren, Michelle, Elizabeth, Layel, Tamara, Parris, Raileigh, Brandy, Gabrielle, Sera, Becs, Sophia, Krystal, Mira, Marci Nichelle, Sarah, Brittany, Erin, Chasity, Melissa, and Chloe.
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.