Analysis

Being Nice and Keeping YA Kind

Last week, School Library Journal posted an article called “Do we honor girl stories? The double standards of YA lit.” There’s lots of interesting points there, and it’s well worth a read, but the discussion of online criticism, and how the online community reacts to female authors being criticized vs male authors being criticized, led me …

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Analysis

Windows vs Mirrors

There’s been a lot of talk recently about author Meg Rosoff’s comments that good literature “does not have the ‘job’ of being a mirror.” Rosoff argued that there are already “thousands” of books for marginalized youth, and people shouldn’t put in any effort to feature diverse protagonists, because good literature is about expanding your mind, …

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Analysis Novels

#AskELJames and the Twitter Mob

Everyone will probably have heard by now of this weekend’s most disastrous failed publicity attempt, the Ask EL James hashtag. Pretty much everyone knows that asking the internet community for input is daring at the best of times. If you’re the author of a much-hated cultural phenomenon, such a request becomes dangerous to the point of lunacy. …

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Analysis Game of Thrones

The “Rape for Empowerment” Trope

It’s an old truth of fiction: if you want to make a female character suffer, rape her. If you want to make a male character suffer, rape a female character he cares about. And rape is pretty much the default threat in most genre or “gritty” fiction. I read mostly young adult fantasy, and almost every …

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Analysis Game of Thrones

Quitting Game of Thrones

After some careful thought, I have decided not to review Game of Thrones on this site any longer. My patience for this show has run out. I’m tired of the cycle of blind optimism followed by plotlines that literally make me feel nauseous. I’m tired of all the rage I go through — from finding …

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Analysis Marvel Movies

Beyond Love Interests

So, I’m a bit of a shipper. I love a good romantic subplot in a story, and that investment in a potential couple is often what pushes me from liking a series to all-out obsession. But Black Widow’s role in Age of Ultron has once again got people talking about whether romance has a place in the plot …

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Analysis Marvel Movies

How to be a female superhero, according to Age of Ultron

Another spring, another blockbuster Marvel movie, another conversation about women in superhero stories. Overall, Age of Ultron was a pretty fun movie, although I thought it suffered from an overflow of undeveloped ideas and an insistence on Whedon-esque witty dialogue over consistent tone. But several moments unsettled me as I watched it, and that feeling of disquiet …

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Analysis

Questions from Google #2

Here are the answers to some of the questions that led people to visit Feminist Fiction in March. Some of the questions are slightly edited to turn them from Google-ese into normal English, but all are genuine searches from my site statistics. 1. Why doesn’t Game of Thrones have Robb Stark’s POV? You’d have to …

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