Kay Reviews Heir to the Jedi

Kay reviews the newest Star Wars novel from Del Rey, Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Heir to the Jedi

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.

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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

Tricia Talks Twittering Hearts As Storytelling Beats on ForceCast

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Tricia visits the ForceCast for a discussion about romance in Star Wars. . . . → Read More: Tricia Talks Twittering Hearts As Storytelling Beats on ForceCast

WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

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An audio excerpt from Chapter 43 of WYNDE. . . . → Read More: WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

Fangirl Chat Goes Into the Woods

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For Episode 21 of Fangirl Chat, Geek Kay of Hyperspace Theories and Sarah Woloski of Skywalking Through Neverland joins Tricia Barr to discuss Disney’s movie Into the Woods. It’s three music lovers discussing lyrics, storytelling and Pinenuts. . . . → Read More: Fangirl Chat Goes Into the Woods

SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

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Mary is inspired by one of the characters in SAGA and explains what captivated her. . . . → Read More: SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

Thoughts From Some Of My Favorite Fangirls

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Highlighting fangirls doing great things as Star Wars Rebels kicks into high gear! . . . → Read More: Thoughts From Some Of My Favorite Fangirls

Strange Magic on Fangirl Chat

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Fangirl Chat dives into Lucasfilm animated movie ‘Strange Magic.’ . . . → Read More: Strange Magic on Fangirl Chat

Tricia Talks Idiot’s Array on Star Wars Rebels Declassified

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Tricia joins Jason, Jimmy Mac, and artist Randy Martinez for RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Rebels Declassified to discuss the episode “Idiot’s Array.” . . . → Read More: Tricia Talks Idiot’s Array on Star Wars Rebels Declassified