Category Archives: Girl Heroes

Rise to the Challenge: Girl Heroes in Fantasy

In the stream of blog posts, I have been asking for more variety in female characters in fantasy stories. The challenge came back to me that I should provide some examples. Below is my list of 30 possibilities: who did I neglect? Continue reading

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Girl Heroes in Fantasy Novels: A Lament

I was making a case that women characters are cheated in sci-fi / fantasy stories. A reader countered my assertions that several writers present the young lead hero as a girl. So I decided to look into this trend that is a common trope for the 2001 -2011 decade. Continue reading

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Decisions made in Committee

We can cannibalize these archetypes to use the characters that serve our stories. However, we must always ask the question: Where are her sisters, cousins, aunties, daughters, playmates, colleagues, and enemies? What are the events that happen over a decade, or two decades? Continue reading

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Story over Decades

Within the activity of waiting, what do the women get done for problem solving and impacting the world? Penelope weaved a tapestry by day and unraveled it by night to keep suitors at bay for 20 years while waiting for the return of Odysseus. In the meantime her son grew to manhood and discussed a plot for revenge on the suitors who depleted her estate. Continue reading

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Power Structures

How does the female protagonist solve problems without this speechifying element so often present in adventure stories, such as the talk between Josey Wales and Ten Bears near the end of that movie? Continue reading

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Peripheral to the Story

On this question of exploring peripheral material, my answer is a resounding YES!! The sidelines action is all the good stuff, forgotten or edited by the men and now available for us to exploit for unique point of view. Continue reading

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Acts Like a Man

The only true female in the Alien series was the monster that was busy laying eggs where they might mature and expanding its species. Continue reading

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Island Queen

Odysseus while trying to return to his wife Penelope in Ithaca visited many islands ruled by women and was continuously “captured” by them. The various queens were unaware of rulers on other islands, apparently unconcerned with treaties or trade pacts or warnings of which sailors to avoid. Continue reading

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