The Legend of Korra Season 3 Premieres Friday, June 27!

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Korra returns next Friday, June 27th to Nickelodeon. . . . → Read More: The Legend of Korra Season 3 Premieres Friday, June 27!

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

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

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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

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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

The Life and Death of Padmé – Without Lore, Is It Just Lipservice for the Leading Lady of Star Wars?

The reception of Darth Plagueis serves to illustrate one of the ways the EU can be used effectively to reach a broad range of fans, including those who aren’t necessarily EU-focused but would be interested in movie-focused stories. The still underdeveloped backstories of the saga’s two female leads, Padmé Amidala and Leia Organa, provide the perfect opportunity to bring depth to the EU lore while also tapping into the interests of female fans. . . . → Read More: The Life and Death of Padmé – Without Lore, Is It Just Lipservice for the Leading Lady of Star Wars?