Alyssa Rosenberg: Reporter, Feminist, Science Fiction Fan

Alyssa Rosenberg

by Priya Chhaya

There was a time a few years ago where I lived to get my pop culture commentary from the Washington Post (WaPo). Mostly it involved weekly live chats about a little show called LOST with Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly. But when the column, Celebritology, went defunct I parted ways with the Style section and leaned on other blogs like Vulture and Entertainment Weekly for my daily dose of movies, television, and books. Then, as a true child of the digital age, I found myself sharing pop culture articles from the WaPo again and it was a few months before I realized they were all by one person: Alyssa Rosenberg.

Her column, Act Four, covers a wide array of topics – in one week you could find her waxing over a plot point in Orange is the New Black, providing recaps of Game of Thrones, all the while covering the culture angle of a particular real life event (such as the tragic movie theatre shootings). As I read her work I realized that there are two things that I really love about her writings. The first is that no matter the subject, Rosenberg is incredibly honest and fair with her commentary. The second is that when dealing with tough subjects she does so in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

This is most evident in four pieces she put together in the last year:

Two Magazine Covers and the Fight for Transgender Equality Want to Celebrate Southern Heritage? . . . → Read More: Alyssa Rosenberg: Reporter, Feminist, Science Fiction Fan

Tricia Barr Talks Star Wars Land and More on Jogcast Radio

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Apparently the ladies of Fangirls Going Rogue have a fanbase in Australia! Tricia Barr joins Jogcast Radio to discuss D23 Expo news, including Star Wars Land, the Drew Struzan poster for The Force Awakens, and the Rogue One cast photo. Simon Pegg’s role in Star Wars resulted in differing opinions.

Plus, Tricia gets a chance to share some insight on her award-winning space opera Wynde.

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 of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles 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 Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.

. . . → Read More: Tricia Barr Talks Star Wars Land and More on Jogcast Radio

Fandom Fashion Friday #2

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We’re back for another round of Fandom Fashion Friday – your place to see some of the latest finds for wearing your fandom. In this edition there’s even more items than last time so be sure to check out the links as not everything is pictured.

 

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Hot Topic and SuperHeroStuff are now carrying some of the items we saw in the Goldie/We Love Fine Star Wars collection. For example:

Chewbacca Hoodie at Hot Topic ($79.50)

Han Solo Costume Shirt at SuperHeroStuff ($43.99)

R2D2 Sweater at SuperHeroStuff ($56.99)

 

Several new Star Wars earrings can also now be found at Hot Topic:

Rebel Alliance Insignia Earrings ($8.50) Oddly enough the product page for this one includes a Princess Leia quote from The Force Unleashed.

Also available: Boba Fett, stormtrooper, Imperial logo, and Darth Vader

 

This AT-AT walker necklace has some neat detail in it and is normally $100 (US) but you can find it currently on sale at Kohl’s for the low, low price of $29.99.

And a new plus-size Her Universe tee has appeared on ThinkGeek for $19.99. Are you ready to choose your destiny?

I recently discovered Junk Food Clothing carries some Star Wars items too. Some of the clothing is even on sale as of this posting – including this purple comic-y ladies Star Wars t-shirt ($10), this trippy Star Wars raglan ($18), and this particularly comfy-looking Empire Strikes Back hoodie ($30, technically men’s sizing).

And for those who like to keep their . . . → Read More: Fandom Fashion Friday #2

Inside Out Feels on Fangirl Chat

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Erich Schoeneweiss (Geek Out Loud, Del Rey Books) and Sarah Woloski (Fangirls Going Rogue, Skywalking Through Neverland) join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr on the latest episode of Fangirl Chat to talk about the emotional highs and lows of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Our own childhood adventures with imaginary friends and traumas play into our discussion.

While we didn’t delve too much into some of these great articles, everyone had done their research, including some neat Easter eggs in the movie.

“It’s All In Your Hear: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In Inside Out” via NPR “Inside Out and the Pixar Formula: What if [Thing] Had Feelings?” via ScreenRant “What Will Pixar’s Next Movie Do For Girls?” via Vulture “Why Inside Out Will Start An Important Conversation About Mental Health” via HelloGiggles

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Sarah: @JediTink

Erich: @Darth_Duff

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

Teaching With Geekdom: Fangirl Chat

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On a special episode of Fangirl Chat, teachers Teresa Delgado and Sandra Choute share their experience using the stories of geek franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter to engage students in the learning process. Both Teresa and Sandra are members of Star Wars in the Classroom, which has a great database for using Star Wars Rebels in lesson plans.

Be sure to check out this cool article on Teresa’s Geek Force on Jedi News.

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Sandra: @geekchic9

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

Kay Reviews Naomi Novik’s Uprooted

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“Here. You’ll like this,” he said, practically shoving the book into my hands. It was by Naomi Novik, an author I wasn’t familiar with and it felt a little strange to be holding a book I hadn’t known was coming out. While a majority of the books I review on here these days have to do with Star Wars, I occasionally peruse the coming soon lists of other areas of interest too. I’m used to knowing author names, what else they wrote, and what the story was generally going to be about.

But holding Uprooted, I had no clue. I was tempted to ask why he thought it’d be a good fit for me, but I held my tongue. This was a chance to go into a book fresh and I was going to take it.

I quickly learned the story is told from the perspective of a 17-year-old girl named Agnieszka, who lives in a valley near a dangerous wood. Once every ten years the local wizard arrives to choose a girl who will serve in his tower for the next ten years and in turn he protects the villagers from the wood. Everyone is sure the next to be chosen will be Agnieszka’s best friend Kasia, who is practically perfect in every way. But events don’t proceed as everyone expects.

The rest of the plot, I will leave for you to discover when you read this book–because I highly encourage you to read this book. Naomi Novik . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Naomi Novik’s Uprooted

Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Kay recaps her experience at C2E2 2015. . . . → Read More: Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015

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Fangirls Around the Web. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015

Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim has concluded and it was a whirlwind of a ride. For many of us attendees it was downright overwhelming (in a good way) as we rode the high of being surrounded by so many people who love Star Wars as much as we do. I know I at least had to stop a few times and question if it was in fact real life.

I went from feeling totally fulfilled the first day to already getting sad the second day that it was half over. By the third day, I had to take a break and walk away for a little while. And on the last day, I just wanted to soak up every second of it.

As events drew to a close, I joked that there should be a panel called “Transitioning Back: Life After #SWCA”, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one to feel that way. So as those of us who were there struggle a bit with exiting the bubble of fandom awesomeness, here’s a guide to what you’ll need to deal with.

 

7 Things to Keep In Mind: You may in fact find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars. (I know.) You may find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars that are also not about what time you’re getting in line, how long a queue or its wait is, or how full a room is. If you enter a hotel lobby, . . . → Read More: Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

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

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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