Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014

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Fangirls Around the Web April 19, 2014 edition spotlights fangirls and their heroines. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014

Final Round Suvudu Cage Match: #SWEU Leia versus Movie Leia

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It’s down to Leia of the Expanded Universe versus Leia of the movies in the finals of Suvudu’s Cage Match. . . . → Read More: Final Round Suvudu Cage Match: #SWEU Leia versus Movie Leia

The Legacy of Buffy: Fighting for the Team

To commemorate ten years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s television series end, Naomi Alderman of the BBC’s Radio 4 hosted a special on the series. She interviewed show creator Joss Whedon, Anthony Head (Giles), and series fan Neil Gaiman. Alderman also wrote a corresponding piece, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Legacy of a Teen Heroine, that appeared on BBC News, in which she says Buffy “still feels ahead of its time in its portrayal of women characters.” During his interview, Whedon weighed in on the matter:

“The self-actualised female who was in charge of things didn’t land quite as solidly…. I, too, have been somewhat disappointed… it feels almost like a backlash – we want to inoculate ourselves against this by giving you everything [Buffy] had without the feminism.”

Previously on FANgirl, I’ve connected the decline of the portrayal of female characters into the post-Buffy era and have stated that some fans, especially women, have felt that storytelling had taken a passive-aggressive stance against positive female characters. The Year of the Fangirl – 2013 – featured some remarkable shifts in the entertainment industry. But as Alderman notes, for the most part women are not portrayed as part of a team, which was a core reason the decade-old show worked:

So often now, a “strong woman” in a TV show or a movie will be almost entirely isolated from other women – from Katniss Everdene trying to survive the Hunger Games to Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity, from Carrie Mathison in Homeland to Daenerys Targaryan . . . → Read More: The Legacy of Buffy: Fighting for the Team

FANgirl Blog’s 2013 Year in Review

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FANgirl Blog’s 2013 Year in Review. . . . → Read More: FANgirl Blog’s 2013 Year in Review

Fangirls Around the Web: December 26, 2013

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Fangirls Around the Web for December 26, 2013. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: December 26, 2013

Wrapping Up An Awesome Year with Skywalking Through Neverland

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Tricia celebrates 2013 with Skywalking Through Neverland. . . . → Read More: Wrapping Up An Awesome Year with Skywalking Through Neverland

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Storytelling as Adaptation and Sequel

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The second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, presents a fascinating intersection between book and movie because it must function not only as the adaptation of the second book, but also as the sequel to the first movie. . . . → Read More: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Storytelling as Adaptation and Sequel

Fangirl Chat Talks Catching Fire with Star Wars Report

Fangirl Chat talks Catching Fire with Bethany and Riley from Star Wars Report. . . . → Read More: Fangirl Chat Talks Catching Fire with Star Wars Report

The Heroines of Frozen and Catching Fire Dominate the Thanksgiving Box Office

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Frozen joins Catching Fire in conquering the box office. . . . → Read More: The Heroines of Frozen and Catching Fire Dominate the Thanksgiving Box Office

Catching Fire Hits the Box Office Mark

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Catching Fire seals The Hunger Games place as a power franchise with box office numbers. . . . → Read More: Catching Fire Hits the Box Office Mark