Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic
Be a Force for change: managing the moments when a beloved franchise inspires a Vaderific rage-fueled “Noooooooo!!!” . . . → Read More: Critiquing Our Favorite Franchise Effectively
It’s time to kick off FANgirl’s first Put More Of This In My Star Wars Read-Along, featuring the graphic novel Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I explained the premise of this new adventure for our blog in a post earlier this month:
Each of the stories picked will have some connection to Star Wars and will promote our goals as readers and fans. We’re going to show you what we like to see in our stories, and we invite you to join us on the adventure.
Our winner of the Read Along giveaway copy was Amanda Bond. Thanks for participating!
Linda kicked off the conversation on Twitter after opening the book and being sucked in.
@fangirlcantina Got my copy of Saga today! I picked up to flip through– couldn't put it down. I loved it! #Saga
— Linda Hansen-Raj (@LindaHansenRaj) January 13, 2015
Kay also offered feedback that the story grabbed her. Mary’s reaction has been more mixed, although one character inspired her enough to contribute an amazing character dissection that will help spur the discussion next week.
To start, let’s talk about the opening chapter:
1) One of the great elements of the Star Wars movies is the use of in media res. The characters and situation are fleshed out but the audience has to dive in. That’s also true in the first chapter of Saga. What did you think?
2) The opening jumps into the birth of the narrator, Hazel. Would you . . . → Read More: FANgirl’s SAGA Read-Along: Beginnings
Fangirls Going Rogue January 2015 episode is now live. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue Is Bigger And Better
StarWars.com talks to Craig Drake about his Celebration Artwork. . . . → Read More: Craig Drake Talks Celebration Anaheim Art
Mary considers whether or not we’re born with a Star Wars gene? . . . → Read More: Is There A Star Wars Gene?
Agent Carter is a super heroine. Learn more about the history of her character from Alan Kistler. . . . → Read More: Agent Carter, Superheroine
Club Jader Tish Pahl joins Fangirl Chat to discuss her adventures in Star Wars fandom and sharing her Expanded Universe expertise with Timothy Zahn. . . . → Read More: Club Jade, Star Ladies and Wild Cards on Fangirl Chat
A look back at the world in 1977 and what we have to look forward to in 2015. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Then and Now
Last year I set a movie-watching agenda for myself with Only Grand Captain Mockingjays of Future Tomorrow: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2014. For the most part, it worked out pretty well. It motivated me to get out and see most of those movies in theaters, and I largely was pleased with my choices. You can read my reviews of all ten films here on FANgirl. Making the list, I would not have guessed Muppets Most Wanted would be the one to disappoint me the most. If I could time travel, I would have replaced it in the top ten with Snowpiercer, but I hadn’t heard anything about Snowpiercer when I made the list. And even then, I don’t know if I would have gone for it, but it turned out to be a very intriguing (albeit violent) film.
I’m still concerned I’m missing 2015’s Snowpiercer on the new list, but here goes something (in U.S. release date order)…
Strange Magic – January 23rd Here we have an animated fairy tale with a tagline (on at least one of the posters) “Everyone deserves to be loved.” That’s attention-catching, but it’s also inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which may well very be my favorite Shakespearean play. It’s a Lucasfilm project with a soundtrack of popular songs and standards. And oh yeah, some guy named George Lucas worked on the story.
Chappie – March 6th
After Elysium I’m not entirely confident in jumping on board the Neill . . . → Read More: Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015