Fangirls, Family, and Female Characters in Star Wars’ Future

Lex here with today’s post. Naturally, the biggest news in the Star Wars franchise in fifteen years erupted two days before the start of NaNoWriMo, when Tricia has committed all her writing time to finalizing her novel Wynde. The team of FANgirl contributors and I will do our best to keep the blog rolling while she’s away. We’ll start with some great coverage inspired by the announcement of the Sequel Trilogy.

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Seeking SFH: Myka Bering and the Women of Warehouse 13

From its inception, Syfy channel’s Warehouse 13 has been a fangirl-friendly series with a gender-balanced, diverse cast and character arcs focused on friendships, teamwork, and even some romance. With Warehouse 13 beginning its fourth season, the time is fitting to delve a bit deeper into the Strong Female Heroines – and occasionally more ominous strong female characters – who give the show its heart.

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The Heroine’s Journey: How Campbell’s Model Doesn’t Fit

Why isn’t the existing Hero’s Journey model already good enough to use for heroine-centered stories? In this post, we address the three main problems we see in Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and its impact on storytelling, and how we hope to design the Heroine’s Journey model differently to avoid them.

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The Book, the Movie, and the Story of The Hunger Games

Last weekend’s release of The Hunger Games movie has generated a lot of fan discussion about the differences between the book and the film. Some fans have expressed disappointment, even outrage, at various aspects of the book that were “left out” or “changed” in the movie. Other fans have praised the new material in the movie for expanding the story or increasing its impact compared to the book. And some, like a parent with two children, love them both just as much, but in different ways.

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