Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

Aftermath

In the weeks since Lucasfilm announced its ambitious publishing program “Journey to The Force Awakens” for this fall, a lot of individuals have asked about my opinion. Additionally, many friends and acquaintances who quit reading Star Wars books have stopped by FANgirl over the years to see if things have changed. Now that some writing commitments are out of the way, I’ve had time to pull together my thoughts.

It appears that one good outcome from the Expanded Universe purge is I’m now seeing a bit more recognition for the fact that some Star Wars fans found their niche in published material. Last week, Priya Chhaya offered a bittersweet farewell as she welcomed the new Star Wars stories. As she noted, we will all get to experience the rollercoaster ride of discovering characters, places, and events together, and that’s exciting!

Here are some details on the 20+ book plan revealed on StarWars.com:

Novels for young adults, focusing on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press in North America and distributed internationally. The young adult novels have notable talent attached, including Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Tin Star), Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author (Detective Comics and 52), Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Star Wars Insider contributor) and New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray (The Firebird trilogy and Evernight series).

Some book and comic titles have been revealed, and they offer fans a fun glimpse into the possible stories within: . . . → Read More: Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four

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Today’s edition of Wynde Around the Web is inspired by the connection between my novel and the real-world championship taking place this weekend.

In late January, Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division I men’s basketball head coach to reach the astounding milestone of 1,000 career wins. With last Sunday’s Duke victory over Gonzaga, he tied the legendary John Wooden with a record 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four national championship semifinals. Only Wooden has more national titles, and Duke is two wins away from giving Coach K his fifth national championship and sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Combine these achievements with the gold medals won by the Olympic teams he led, and the number of players his program has developed into NBA talent, and few would argue that Coach K is the greatest living men’s basketball coach – and perhaps the greatest of all time.

In my novel Wynde, the lead protagonist, Vespa, is the daughter of a similarly dominating coaching figure. Daemyn Wynde is the head coach of the Airspar team at Kedu Academy, one of the very best on the planet Prime. He is a demanding and authoritative leader of his team and those around him, and his former pilots still revere his leadership and influence. I very much had Coach K in mind when writing this side of Daemyn. But as I discussed in my post Shaping a Heroine – A Father’s Daughter, Daemyn has another significant inspiration, as . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four

Way Less New to Doctor Who

A girl can get through a lot of space and time in six odd months.

It feels like I’ve been a Whovian for years but I just checked my post from when I first leaped into the TARDIS and it was only months ago. I guess time travel can do that to you. But now I am all caught up – at least as far as New Who (2005-present) goes. Hitting that marker was a pretty exciting moment.

I HAVE FINISHED WATCHING ALL OF (new) DOCTOR WHO. WHERE IS MY CERTIFICATE ON PSYCHIC PAPER?

— Kay (@Geek_Kay) February 22, 2015

It’s true. I seriously felt like I should receive some sort of diploma. I learned so much! I say and tweet things now that would have sounded like gobbledygook to me last year. And to top it off somehow I even went to sleep after watching the post-Series 8 Christmas special, which if you also watched you understand the achievement.

I’ve been tweeting about my adventures along the way and every time I thought people might be getting tired of my commentary, someone would appear nudging me to keep it up. As mentioned in my original post, the Doctor Who fandom continues to be incredibly encouraging and I’ve never felt like I’m alone on my journey – even when I literally was watching the episodes by myself.

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I appreciate all the people on Twitter who answered my questions – whether . . . → Read More: Way Less New to Doctor Who

My Little Pony’s Bobby Curnow Visits Fangirl Chat

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Teresa Delgado revs her My Little Pony fandom into high gear on the latest Fangirl Chat. From the show notes:

On this episode Teresa Delgado is joined by Bobby Curnow of IDW Publishing to discuss all things from the world of My Little Pony comics. The conversation focuses on the relationship between Hasbro and IDW and how the creative team goes about creating the world of Equestria in comic book form. He lets us in on a few secrets of how they create ponies and who his favorite ponies are. We talk about Ponies being for everyone and why people should not only try the show but the comics as well. Enjoy this exclusive interview and Pony Up!

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Things You Could Be Afraid of Thanks to Doctor Who

Recently I was on an episode of the Fangirl Chat podcast discussing Doctor Who and one of the topics we broached was the scary elements of the show. Sometimes the show does things within an episode or season that will defang some of those scarier bits, but fi that’s not enough I also suggested listing out all the things you would have to be afraid of if you took the show at its word. That way you can tell yourself it would be tough to be afraid of all those things on a daily basis – not to mention the energy required to remember them all. And as Aaron of Bad Wolf Radio mentioned, it’s also good to remember that overall Doctor Who is a fairly light-hearted show.

“I am the Doctor. And I am afraid.”

On the podcast I rattled off a list of potentially scary things that instantly came to mind and host Teresa Delgado asked me to make her a bigger list. So here it is. Now what follows is by no means a complete list and is limited to New Who (aka Doctor Who episodes from 2005 – present).

Things You Could Be Afraid of Thanks to Doctor Who

“Books are the best weapon in the world.”

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Kay Talks Doctor Who on Fangirl Chat

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Rose and the Ninth Doctor – We like them.

Well here we are. I’ve made my first podcast appearance discussing Doctor Who.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was new to Doctor Who and now I’ve been publicly referred to as a Whovian.

It’s cool; being a Whovian is cool.

Teresa Delgado invited me to join her and the hosts of Bad Wolf Radio, Aaron Goins and Adam Farmer, for an episode of Fangirl Chat.

A child to maybe be afraid of on Doctor Who.

Together we cover how we all got into the show and where we recommend people start if you’re new to the show. I volunteer a top-of-my-head lesson in Doctor Who 101. We also discuss the show’s scary elements, how they’re used in the episode promos, and how to deal with it. Rounding out the show are our favorite episodes, companions, and Doctors. This is a great episode to listen to for new Doctor Who fans and long-time fans alike.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, and, of course, making pew . . . → Read More: Kay Talks Doctor Who on Fangirl Chat

The Legend of Korra: Book Four On Sale Today

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The Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance is now on sale on Blu-ray and DVD. . . . → Read More: The Legend of Korra: Book Four On Sale Today

Representation in Media: Why It Matters

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The topic of representation is appearing everywhere this past month, between the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominees to the toys on shelves, from the identity of the upcoming Spider-Man to the portrayal of women in videogames and in the pages of books and comics. Here is some food for thought.

Fangirl extraordinaire Johnamarie Macias guest posted at Coffee With Kenobi. Her piece “Planting the Seed of Possibility: Representation and Diversity in Media” takes the tactic of changing one fan’s opinion at a time, which is a style of advocating for change in fandom I discussed in Critiquing Our Favorite Franchise last month. From Johna:

Visual representation may not seem crucial to the majority who are continually represented on-screen, but it means something to the remaining population. It meant something to Lupita and her talent landed her a role in the upcoming sequel film. And hopefully, when a young Black girl sees Lupita on the screen come December, she’ll go, “Oh?—I? could be an actress!” Because that’s what representation does. It plants a seed, it inspires, and it makes things possible.

The Hollywood Reporter has been leading a charge to discuss diversity in Hollywood. THR executive editor Matthew Belloni moderated a “Thinking L.A.” panel to discuss the newly released Hollywood Diversity Report, which concludes that “diversity clearly sells.” Two things came up at the panel in regards to the resistance to change in the film industry that transfer over to the problematic mindsets in toys, comics, and books.

The . . . → Read More: Representation in Media: Why It Matters

Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

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Get ready for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels! . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

Oscars: Free Us Or Die

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The end is near.

Lady Gaga proved herself to be a stellar contender for the lead in what is now an inevitable contemporary remake of The Sound of Music. In a formidable triad with Lupita Nyong’o’s fabulous dress (adorned with six-thousand-handsewn-pearls) and Patricia Arquette’s rousing acceptance speech, three women were prominent in salvaging the 2015 Oscar telecast from utter disaster. The male standout, in my opinion, was The Imitation Game’s Graham Moore speaking so honestly about suicide and feeling out of place in society.

This year’s self-congratulatory motion picture awards/fashion show will otherwise be remembered for extended lulls, failed comedy, and Neil Patrick Harris embarrassing himself and the celebrity-filled auditorium by appearing in his underwear. That was almost as unfunny as it was lacking in class for a show that likes to think of itself as the stylish global celebrity affair of the year.

Dozens of media sources are reporting today that this Oscar show’s ratings were significantly down, with drops ranging from 10% to more than 15%, definitely the smallest television audience in the last four years. With some variances, the downward trend seems persistent.

This year, it occurred to me that the Fireplace Channel might be more interesting and yet there is vicarious pleasure in watching Hollywood’s old guard get it wrong—again.

The Academy Openly Dismissed Popular Movies

Liam Neeson’s presentation speech was a surprise, whether the words were his own or provided by Academy writers:

“Hollywood is often criticized for making too many movies based on toys, . . . → Read More: Oscars: Free Us Or Die