Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic
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
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
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
FANgirl interviews Athena’s Daughters 2 author Jordan Frederick. . . . → Read More: Athena’s Daughters Interview With Jordan Frederick
It was a pleasure to join Sarah and Richard Woloski, along with Mark Newbold, to discuss 2014 on Skywalking Through Neverland! From the show notes:
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Well, crack open a bottle of champagne cause it’s time to celebrate the new year and our 60th episode!
To celebrate, we brought on two awesome guests: Mark Newbold (Jedi News UK and Radio 1138) and Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rogue, co-author of Ultimate Star Wars, FangirlBlog.com) join us to look back at the hits, the misses and surprises of 2014, and what is on our bucket list for 2015.
What’s your hashtag for 2014? Can you guess what ours were? Find out!
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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts . . . → Read More: Starting Off the New Year Skywalking Through Neverland
Here’s the thing you learn as a storyteller: sometimes you have to take a leap and see where it gets you. ~Tricia Barr
To me, stories aren’t just words on a page, but whole ideas realized in my head. When I write a character, I know who they are, which made it really fun to hear Star Wars Rebels Greg Weisman share his thoughts on creating strong characters on Fangirls Going Rogue. He talked about giving the characters first and last names, histories, anything that helps shape their motivations. As he spoke, I heard affirmation of my approach on my space opera Wynde. While in the process of writing the novel, I always knew there would be more to these characters’ stories. I have a larger master plan that includes five novels in the series, stand-alone tie-in novels, numerous short stories, and artwork. Additional goals are even loftier than that, but the foundation upon which the characters are built is the most important part.
When I got to a point where I was ready to commission the first artwork, finding an artist whose art spoke to me, and would also be willing to work with an up-and-coming storyteller, was a challenge. I also had set a goal to work with a female artist. After a couple of starts, I realized the artist I really wanted – if I could dream impossibly big – was Magali Villeneuve. At first, I never considered asking her; she was too amazing. She works on . . . → Read More: Creating Vespa of WYNDE: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Interview with Maggie Allen, author of numerous stories and editor of Silence in the Library’s Athena’s Daughters 2. . . . → Read More: Athena’s Daughters Interview with Editor Maggie Allen
Merida, Hermione, Katniss, Tris – who are the female heroes who inspired you? . . . → Read More: Girls Need Heroes Too