Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014

Fangirls GGC SW Panel

FANgirl will be returning to GeekGirlCon with contributors Linda, Kay, B.J. and Tricia Barr sitting on panels! . . . → Read More: Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction

Steampunk Heroines

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

INTRODUCTION

It is the visual images of Steampunk that first grab our attention, but the fantastical nature of its fiction invites us to step into the parlor for tea with the storytellers.

What is Steampunk, you ask?

Magic and illusion intertwined with reality; history bending to imagination. Science abused by impossible theories to create implausible yet ingenious contraptions, and readers willing to suspend all logic, because in the fantasy worlds of Steampunk a popular historical paradigm is in play. Authors and readers feel a sense that what appears improbable might actually be possible.

If you haven’t read Steampunk and are wondering what to expect, the following paragraphs are a mash-up of themes; a contrived sampling of a few sights and sounds not quoted from specific novels but imagined for this Fangirl series as a glimpse at Steampunk’s fictional range. As preposterous as this compilation of complexities may seem, similar individual elements can be found in most Steampunk novels.

Something mysterious, or worse, follows a familiar-looking man into the swirling fog that hangs in the dark and empty streets of old London. A pack of dogs wail in the near distance. Beneath a gaslight, the shadow of a tall figure turns a cloaked arm in his direction. Icy fear raises hairs on flesh that glows orange as the flamethrower approaches. The man with a familiar face does not hear Big Ben ring the midnight hour.

The . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction

FANgirl Blog’s 2013 Year in Review

Wynde Final Cover

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

Heroine’s Journey: Mako Mori in Pacific Rim

Rinko Kikuchi stars as Mako Mori in Warner Bros. Pictures' Pacific Rim (2013)

A Mary Sue essay on Mako Mori points to more signs of Heroine’s Journeys within film. . . . → Read More: Heroine’s Journey: Mako Mori in Pacific Rim

Legend of a Strong Female Heroine: Korra’s Journey

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The Legend of Korra features a strong female heroine who undergoes a Heroine’s Journey, joining other iconic characters like Katniss Everdeen and Buffy Summers. . . . → Read More: Legend of a Strong Female Heroine: Korra’s Journey

The Heroine’s Journey: How Campbell’s Model Doesn’t Fit

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Why isn’t the existing Hero’s Journey model already good enough to use for heroine-centered stories? In this post, we address the three main problems we see in Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and its impact on storytelling, and how we hope to design the Heroine’s Journey model differently to avoid them. . . . → Read More: The Heroine’s Journey: How Campbell’s Model Doesn’t Fit

The Legend of Korra: Another Strong Female Heroine Hits Her Mark

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This past Saturday, Nickelodeon premiered The Legend of Korra, a new animated series from the creators of the acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender. . . . → Read More: The Legend of Korra: Another Strong Female Heroine Hits Her Mark

Journey of a Strong Female Heroine: Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Reaping

What sets The Hunger Games apart from the rest of the field, though, is its lead character, Katniss Everdeen, and the skill with which Collins executes a novel trilogy centered around a young female lead. Where so many others have failed, or not even bothered to try, Collins not only creates a Strong Female Heroine, but also makes the story her Heroine’s Journey from impoverished nobody to national symbol. There are far too few stories of this kind in the genre – or anywhere else for that matter – even amid the prolific storytelling boom of recent years. For authors, screenwriters, and others struggling to figure out how to write better female characters and better female-centered stories, The Hunger Games has to be at the very top of the list to read, analyze, and learn from. . . . → Read More: Journey of a Strong Female Heroine: Katniss Everdeen

Team Katniss: Collaborative Success in The Hunger Games

Katniss and Cinna

In The Hunger Games novel trilogy, Suzanne Collins created another fantastic example of an heroic story centered around one principal character, without losing touch with the role that teamwork and collaborative success play in human nature. In a very real sense, the trilogy is not the story of the rise and triumph of Katniss Everdeen, but rather the success of Team Katniss. . . . → Read More: Team Katniss: Collaborative Success in The Hunger Games

The Heroine’s Journey: Defining Concepts

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Last year the blog introduced the series Seeking Strong Female Heroines. This year we’re adding a complementary series: the Heroine’s Journey. . . . → Read More: The Heroine’s Journey: Defining Concepts