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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Seeking SFH: The Women of The Good Wife

Based on the initial premise set out in its earliest episodes, The Good Wife might not have seemed a likely source for multiple strong female heroines. But few shows on television have as many strong female characters as The Good Wife, especially not characters who serve others like the women of Lockhart Gardner.

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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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Journey of a Strong Female Heroine: Katniss Everdeen

What sets The Hunger Games apart from the rest of the field, though, is its lead character, Katniss Everdeen, and the skill with which Collins executes a novel trilogy centered around a young female lead. Where so many others have failed, or not even bothered to try, Collins not only creates a Strong Female Heroine, but also makes the story her Heroine’s Journey from impoverished nobody to national symbol. There are far too few stories of this kind in the genre – or anywhere else for that matter – even amid the prolific storytelling boom of recent years. For authors, screenwriters, and others struggling to figure out how to write better female characters and better female-centered stories, The Hunger Games has to be at the very top of the list to read, analyze, and learn from.

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Team Katniss: Collaborative Success in The Hunger Games

In The Hunger Games novel trilogy, Suzanne Collins created another fantastic example of an heroic story centered around one principal character, without losing touch with the role that teamwork and collaborative success play in human nature. In a very real sense, the trilogy is not the story of the rise and triumph of Katniss Everdeen, but rather the success of Team Katniss.

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