Fangirls Around the Web: December 5, 2013

Fangirls Around the Web is a bi-weekly post highlighting fangirls and their heroines spotted around the web.

Check out my post at Star Wars Blog discussing the Star Wars presence at this year’s GeekGirlCon. Jennifer Stuller blogged her recap of the convention and all its coverage, as well.

Joanne, who took the pictures at GeekGirlCon, is an active World of Warcraft gamer. She pointed out a post at Apple Cider Mage, which discusses the perception problem created with the lack of female characters in the marketing for the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

The problem is that because of the disconnect in marketing, because we are at this very initial point in the on-going reveal of the expansion, there absolutely needs to be unpacking and discussion and critical awareness. By getting ahead of more permanent story decisions now with our feedback, we stand a greater chance of having a profound impact on seeing ourselves in the story we love so much. This is really the beating heart of the problem, of why this omission felt so glaring. People love Warcraft, a lot of us women love Warcraft. We want to love Warcraft not just as the characters we build up in our heads as complex or nuanced, but to see our stories reflected in the ones that the company creates. Representation matters and the sooner we can have this discussion and make sure that we have a stake in that representation, so much the better.

As part of Year of the Fangirl, Ashley Eckstein interviewed the women of Transformers Prime. The latest Fangirls of the Day are: Bev, Savannah, Carol, Aurora, Amy, Courtney, Alison, Samantha, Michelle, Jordan, Sharlene, Amy, Krystin, Diane, Leanna, Kristin, Valerie, Pam, Nicole, Mara Jade, Delany, Lisa, Hailey, Samantha, Victoria, Christy, Crystal, Kathi, and Kat. links to the first trailer for Disney’s upcoming movie Malificent, starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role. Although it seems they’re not quite sure what to make of it.

Fresh off her Waru Express read-through of the Expanded Universe novels, Bria has now embarked on the Hondo Caravan watch of The Clone Wars.

Sarah Zettel at Huffington Post gives 13 Reasons to Read Sci-Fi by Women.

Lisa Granshaw shares the heartwarming story of a mother who staged a sci-fi themed photo shoot for her ill daughter. She also reports on the backlash faced by Hot Topic for a recent cosplay-themed shirt and the success of Black Milk in melding fandom and fashion. Speaking of fashion, be sure to check out Gold Bubble Clothing. (Check out their Solo-esque leggings right.)

Jezebel’s article title says it all: Boys Club No More: Now Women Make Up Nearly Half of the CIA. So does the title of this article from IndieWire: Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable.

Charlie Jane Anders at io9 lists The 10 Types of Teen Heroes, Ranked According to Wish-Fulfillment. And oh, hey, there are quite a few heroines representing.

In real world heroes, President Obama has appointed Christine Fox, who tutored Kelly McGillis on playing her character in Top Gun, as the new acting Deputy Secretary in the Department of Defense – making her the highest-ranking woman ever at DOD.

Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to