Designing WYNDE’S Heroine’s Journey

Tricia Barr explores the process of creating a heroine’s journey for Vespa in her award-winning space opera WYNDE. . . . → Read More: Designing WYNDE’S Heroine’s Journey

Fangirls Going Rogue Interviews Amy Beth Christenson

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Fangirls Going Rogue interviews Amy Beth Christenson, longtime artist for Lucasfilm and winner of the Her Universe fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue Interviews Amy Beth Christenson

Meet the Panelists for Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014

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Meet the panelists for today’s Star Wars panel at GeekGirlCon . . . → Read More: Meet the Panelists for Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media’s 2014 Findings

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Today is the third of three global symposiums where the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media will present their findings of a global study of film. The findings of the study still prove that many things have to change to create gender equality for women on film and beyond the camera. Here are some of their findings: . . . → Read More: Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media’s 2014 Findings

Assembling to Review Geek TV Show

This week’s Assembly of Geeks episode is posted. FANgirl contributor Kay joins Scott and Jeff as one of the guests.

From the show notes:

Jeff & Scott are joined by Kay (FANgirl Blog), Emily (Wrong Button Blog) and Cory (Coffee With Kenobi) to discuss geek TV and the state of geek culture in movies/television.

We review the premieres of shows like Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and decide what geek shows we would put on the air.

We also discuss whether or not geek themes is over-saturating pop culture and share thoughts on a Marvel movie college course.

You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes.

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Kiri Hart Talks Rebels and the Future of Star Wars Storytelling

The Wall Street Journal features the head of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Kiri Hart. . . . → Read More: Kiri Hart Talks Rebels and the Future of Star Wars Storytelling

Jumping Into Hyperspace Theories

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Introducing the first episode of the Hyperspace Theories podcast! . . . → Read More: Jumping Into Hyperspace Theories

Linda Interviews Ryder Windham

Linda interviews Ryder Windham about his new Star Wars Rebels book, Ezra’s Gamble. . . . → Read More: Linda Interviews Ryder Windham

Reviewing Rebels & Remembering Henson on Assembly of Geeks

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This week’s episode of Assembly of Geeks reviews the premiere of Star Wars Rebels and remembers the late, great Jim Henson. . . . → Read More: Reviewing Rebels & Remembering Henson on Assembly of Geeks

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Three

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 3 – DIVERSITY IN STEAMPUNK FICTION

“Dwell in possibilities.”

Emily Dickenson

(1830-1886)

CALLING FOR DIVERSITY

Diversity does not precisely describe what is needed in today’s literary market.

Humanity is naturally diverse by virtue of the unique characteristics that both divide us and bring us together. Among the most visible are gender, sexual orientation, faiths, culture, and geography. We are diversity. We own it. Lobbyists who ask for “more diversity” are essentially asking for something that we already have, and such subtle, ineffective use of language risks confusing the issues at hand and creating barriers to progress.

What we do need is representation for the distinctiveness that 7.2 billion individuals add to our civilization.

REPRESENTATION THROUGH FICTION

In the absence of hard data, simple observation tells us that the majority of novels and films from influential Western creators have white male lead characters. Although that is starting to change, the increased presence of heroines and people of multiple ethnicities still do not resemble the demographic truth. Wildly successful Bollywood movies (Slumdog Millionaire) and YA novels (The Hunger Games, Divergent) show the potential for success of multicultural and female-led entertainment across demographic borders. Still, millions of people do not see themselves represented in fiction.

When we break down continental ethnicity statistics from 2014, 60% of the planet’s population are Pan-Asian. People of African ancestry are second with 15%, and . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Three