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A Small Break

The combination of the latest episode of Outlander and the latest episode of Game of Thrones has left me more than a little drained, so Feminist Fiction is going to be on hiatus for the rest of the week.

In the meantime, check out this great video from PBS Game/Show on “How I Became a Video Game Feminist.”

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I’m off conventioning.

This weekend, I’m at NineWorlds in Heathrow, and if you’re also going to be there, you can come and see me read an extract from my debut novel A Wicked Thing at the New Voices panel on Saturday August 9th at 10:15pm. (Please come! I could read to an empty room, but it’d be better with people there :P).

Then next weekend I’m at Worldcon in London. Not reading or panelling this time, just going from talk to talk with my notebook, learning things about writing and feminism in genre fiction and hopefully getting into George RR Martin’s reading from Winds of Winter.

I may manage to post some stuff from the conventions next week, but otherwise, FeministFiction is on hiatus until after the 18th. Fingers crossed I’ll have some interesting discussions to report on when I return!

In the meantime, check out the Women Who Kick Ass panel from SDCC, with Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams, Katey Sagal, Sarah Paulson, Tatiana Maslany and Nicole Beharie talking about feminism, genre television, and the media.

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Things are going to continue to be quiet around here for the rest of the week (first deadlines and other author-related work kept me busy, and now I am taking a much needed BREAK — yay for long weekends!), but if you’re interested, the cover of my debut novel A Wicked Thing was revealed on IceyBooks this week!

There’s also a giveaway of an advanced copy of the book, as soon as its available, that runs until July 30th, so if you’d like to read it, hop over there and click the enter button. :)

And FeministFiction will be back on Monday with a review of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

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Summer 2014!

Game of Thrones Season 4 is over! The 2013-14 TV season is officially done! Which means that its time for watching old shows and movies that we’ve missed (in both senses of the word), reading books out in the sunshine, and forgetting all Game of Thrones gross sexism in time to get really excited about the new season again next year.

Without a weekly roster of new shows to watch, it also means that things are changing up here at Feminist Fiction. Here are some of the things I’ve got planned for the those long summer months before TV returns to us:

+ Orange is the New Black. I finished the second season a few days ago, and I have many things to say about this fantastic show.

+ A little more Game of Thrones. I previously wrote a series on the women of A Song of Ice and Fire, and there are still several female characters that I haven’t got to, including Margaery, Shae, Missandei, Ygritte, and Asha. After a season with many ups and downs, I really want to get back to the books and dig into these female characters as we knew them there.

+ A look at the Disney Princesses and their movies, to see how feminist or “anti-feminist” these films actually are. A couple of summers ago, I looked at the original princess movies. This time, I’ll be talking about movies from the Disney Renaissance, starting next week with The Little Mermaid.

+ A watch of the Marvel movies to date, starting with Iron Man and looking at how Marvel stands up as the “female-character friendly” superhero creator so far. (This is partly on the urging of a dear friend who is HORRIFIED that I still haven’t seen most of them :P).

+ I’m going to WorldCon! That means I get a vote in the Hugo awards, which means I’ll be trying to read the Hugo nominated novels for 2014. This one’s a bit less certain, since my reading schedule is always pretty tight and may not have room for four new sci-fi/fantasy tomes before mid-August, but I’m hoping this one will happen.

Plus, general book reviews, analysis and merriment. And if there’s anything you’d like to see me write about, please let me know!

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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year, everybody!

Since it’s a new year, Feminist Fiction is going to undergo a few minor changes. Things have been hectic for me over the past year, and I haven’t always been able to dedicate the time I would like to this blog. And in 2014, things are getting more hectic for me — my debut novel is hurtling towards publication, I’m busy working on the sequel, plus a new collaboration blog about Young Adult fantasy, Game of Tomes, is launching next month with me on the roster.

So from now on, Feminist Fiction will be updated on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, hopefully with more analysis, as well as book reviews and episode reactions and the like. No more link roundups, except possibly at the end of a month — I’m just not finding the time to read and find enough interesting pieces for a weekly post these days. :( Hopefully, this will mean slightly less frequent, but more reliable and better quality posts for this year!

I’ve got some ideas brewing in my head, including two potential rewatches — Veronica Mars before the movie, and RTD era Who to look at how it’s changed.

I’m also giving the blog a slight revamp today, so please bear with me if things get a bit messy in the meantime!

Here’s to a great 2014!

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