Assembly of Geeks Tackles Darkness In Storytelling

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Assembly of Geeks tackles darkness in storytelling and FANgirl has feels. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Tackles Darkness In Storytelling

Mockingjay – Part 1 Tickets On Sale Now!

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Mockingjay – Part 1 tickets are on sale now! . . . → Read More: Mockingjay – Part 1 Tickets On Sale Now!

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

Mockingjay: Part 1 Trailer

With the premiere of the Mockingjay: Part 1 trailer last week, #HungerGamesExclusive released Issue 2, which includes an interview with Jennifer Lawrence. . . . → Read More: Mockingjay: Part 1 Trailer

Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con

Wish you were in San Diego watching the Her Universe Fashion Show? Me too. . . . → Read More: Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con

Fangirls Around the Web: July 17, 2014

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Fangirls Around the Web for July 17, 2014. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: July 17, 2014

The Hunger Games Wraps on Mockingjay

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The Hunger Games franchise wraps shooting on Mockingjay Part 2 and launches the promotional campaign for Part 1. . . . → Read More: The Hunger Games Wraps on Mockingjay

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 . . . → Read More: The Legacy of Buffy: Fighting for the Team