A SF and Pop Culture Round-up

Everyone’s been tweeting this article, I Hate Strong Female Characters. Sophia Mcdougall seems to have articulated something that a lot of people have been feeling.

On a related note, Anne Billson posted about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the scarcity of female role models

This is an interesting post from NPR’s blog, At the Movies: The Women are Gone. It makes the important point that the lack of women in the movies has nothing to do with the popularity or income-generating potential of women-centred movies:

They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.

Taking us back to the early days of film, Genevieve Valentine writes about eight silent films and the women who made them legendary

Posting at Aidan Moher’s blog, Kameron Hurrley writes We have always fought: challenging the women, cattle and slaves narrative. It’s a long post but well worth reading all the way through.

“Let’s just put it this way: if you think there’s a thing – anything – women didn’t do in the past, you’re wrong.”

Aamher Rhaman put up an excellent post about Game of Thrones and Racist Fantasy which apparently upset quite a few people.

Meanwhile, Ursula K Le Guin wrote about the Whitewashing of her Earthsea series in the television adaptation (via @bimadew on twitter )

This post covers pretty much everything that’s gone wrong with the characterization of Dr Who (Hat tip @cnstoker on twitter).  I used to love this show and I’m just gutted by the turn it’s taken under Moffat. Let’s hope it can be saved.

Speaking of gutted, I can hardly express just how painfully disappointed I am with the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot.  This review did at least get me to laugh at the dumbness of the second movie.  I also liked this one from Fem Pop, Star Trek Into Darkness is a Most Excellent Star Trek Parody.

This movie is…a terrible Star Trek film. This is a movie that hates Star Trek. That seeks to escape the trappings of Gene Roddenberry’s world at every turn. It rejects everything that made Star Trek an enduring forty-year old franchise. It is devoid of utopian dreams and optimism. There is a complete lack of witticism or sheer hope for a better tomorrow or an understanding of why the whiteness of our modern world is so destructive. Instead this is the film a casual viewer who makes REALLY entertaining movies would make.

Gardner Dozios brings us the 30th edition of Year’s Best Science Fiction. I can’t wait to read this.

Ian Sales put together a list of 100 Great Science Fiction Stories by Women.  I’ve read a grand total of 3 of these stories, although I have read a lot of the authors on the list in some form or other.

From Joachim Boaz, Spacewomen of the Future (fixing spaceships + fighting aliens + charging across barren landscapes)

From Elizabeth Bear, I Love a Good Tragedy as Much as the Next Guy

Cheryl Morgan posted at Autostraddle, The Future of Gender is the Present for Trans Characters in Sci Fi Novels

Sophia McDougall’s 21 tips to make your book better for new writers of fantasy and SF manages to be hilarious while also offering good advice. For example:

Your erotic imagination is not wholly separate from the rest of your imagination and that is fine. But bear in mind: readers can tell when the author has one hand in their pants.

Little Red Reviewer reviewed The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. I haven’t read this series but my partner really likes them.

Ask Nicola posted about Good Lesbian Science Fiction Novels. There are lots of suggestions in the comments.

After Ellen posted Book Choices for August which all happen to be fantasy and science fiction

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