Tansy Rayner Roberts

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Friday Links is a Secret Princess Story

Friday, March 6th, 2015

mockingbirdI haven’t watched Jupiter Ascending, but I have been fascinated by the meta commentary around about whether it’s a bad film or not, and whether it’s an anti-feminist film or not, and so on.

The Fangirl Happy Hour reviewed it very positively and got into some fantastic meta about what the film does well, while still (and this is crucial) not necessarily being a good film. Renay’s rant on agency and how a perceived lack of it is used too often to dismiss female-centred stories is a masterwork of criticism that she’s obviously been building up to for some time and everyone should listen to it.

I’d like to add this Tumblr post which explains how Jupiter Ascending is being criticised for failing to meet the requirements for a Chosen Hero narrative, when in fact it is a Secret Princess story, and that has different narrative beats.

Then we have Kate Elliott at Tor.com, being brilliant about Writing Female Characters as Human Beings – with an articulate, point by point exploration of how writers can do better at this particular skill, should they aspire to do so. She also talks about agency, and how there are different kinds of agency in real life as in stories. The article is full of practical advice and while some of the comments are frustrating, many of them add thoughtful layers to the conversation as a whole.


Friday Links Don’t Own Me

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The Cat PhoneOur family has been Batman-obsessed since my honey received the entire Batman 1966-68 box set on DVD for Christmas. My five year old is deeply attached to Julie Newmar to the point that she howls with delight when a cliffhanger ends on ‘Tune in Same Cat Time, Same Cat Channel’ instead of Bat Channel.

My ten year old has had a crash course on what sexism used to look like, simply by observing the gender dynamics in the show. We’ve been learning more about 60′s celebrities than I ever thought possible. Oh, and we’ve been counting down the episodes until we get to Season 3, because Yvonne Craig as Batgirl! (Ms 5 sneakily found montages on YouTube and watched ahead, I’m oddly proud of this)


Friday Links is Batty About You

Friday, February 13th, 2015

batty about youIs Valentines Day even a thing in Australia? My 5 year old is weirdly obsessed with it. Me, I love the geeky Valentines that pop up at this time of year (Pinterest and Tumblr, what did we do before you?)

Chirravutever presented some cute Flash & Arrow chibi Valentines for each of the characters. I don’t know why Picnic with the Sisko is my favourite, don’t judge me.

I also wanted to point readers towards Check Please! an adorable webcomic about a college hockey team with a tiny, gay social-media-obsessed protagonist. Here are the Check Please! Valentines which probably make no sense unless you’ve read the comic. Read the comic, it’s all sports and pie-baking, I love it.

Though of course when it comes to funny, weird fandom valentines, the classic is always Gingerhaze. Can’t be beat. (prove me wrong in the comments, send other links!)



Friday Links Are Hiding in Plain Sight

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I love that people send me links to articles about Roman women turning out to be extraordinary! In this case, a scholar of Trajan’s Column is talking about the relevance of female figures on the relief sculpture, suggesting that women were more involved in military forts than previously thought.

colleen mcculloughColleen McCullough, one of Australia’s bestselling authors, has died. Rather than link you to the meme that did the rounds after the shameful obituary that did the rounds, I’ll send you over to Hoyden About Town who wrote respectfully about McCullough’s life, work and attitude. She was basically awesome. And oh, thanks to those Masters of Rome books which I read at a critical point in my teens, she basically shaped my life.

Kameron Hurley has done that rare thing of publicly discussing her book advances, comparing them to actual day job income and also showing how her Hugo wins affected her financial bottom line: What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job I also want to point writers (especially writers who have dayjobs) to her Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process post, which shows that not all writing methods work for all writers, and one amazing writing day per week can be more effective than seven steady sensible days. I’m pretty sure Kameron’s current system would kill me, but I appreciated her showing it as an alternative to the accepted wisdom (ha) of ‘write every day’.


Friday Links Has Many Companions

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Companion-Piece-cover-web-200x300 (1)Companion Piece, the new ‘Chicks Dig’ essay collection from Mad Norwegian Press, has just announced its official Table of Contents. Edited by a wonderful assortment of Lizes (L.M. Myles of the Verity! Podcast, AKA Scottish Liz, and Liz Barr of No Award, chair of Continuum 11), this book is packed full of essays about Doctor Who companions, and the women who are fascinated by them.)

I’m in the book, talking about Sara Kingdom! And Tehani is in it, talking about Tegan! And I am so excited to read all the essays, I can’t even tell you. Mags L Halliday writes here about the personal side of her own essay about Barbara and Ian.

L.M. Myles, meanwhile, wrote a great ‘My Two Cents’ piece in response to recent Verity! episode, Companions Who Never Were. Because yes, Verity!’s theme for this year is Doctor Who companions too. Liz’s piece is called The Companions Who Should’ve Been.


Friday Links is Going Retro

Friday, January 16th, 2015

fffsssSince Christmas we’ve been embracing the joys of the 1966 Batman series, with its stately Wayne Manor and Bruce’s obsession with Dick’s education, and Aunt Harriet sneaking off to find out nightclub trends, and DID YOU KNOW THAT LIBERACE WAS A BATMAN VILLAIN?

Ahem. It’s been pretty awesome. I’ve also introduced Raeli to the Batman ’66 digital comic, which she has delighted in, at least partly because it has given her a taste of some of the later seasons’ treats we are yet to reach in our viewing, like Eartha Kitt as Catwoman and Batgirl on her purple motorbike. The comic captures the camp, family-friendly tone of the TV series perfectly, with retro fashions and a whole lot of fun.

wonder woman 77Given my ongoing quest to find comics suitable for an advanced reading but occasionally sensitive pre-teen girl to read, I was delighted to hear the news that after the success of Batman ’66, the next digital comic to be launched will be Wonder Woman ’77, based on the Lynda Carter TV show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the most interesting and innovative DC Comics material right now is happening in their digital comics.


Paste Magazine on why 2014 was the Year of the Female Comic Fan.


Friday Links is Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Friday, December 12th, 2014

sharkIt’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! That means some of the links aren’t terribly recent but they are all things that caught my attention.

No Award has put up their Holiday Gift Giving Guide. It involves sharks, as well as a great range of mostly Australian themed awesomeness.

The Female Factory has just been released! This boutique collection by Angela Slatter and Lisa Hannett is Vol 11 of the epic Twelve Planets series.

A great essay at the Mary Sue on why the New 52 reboot of Wonder Woman’s origin is not the one that should be used for the DC Movieverse.

Daniel José Older at the Guardian: Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are coming through


Friday Links is a Small Business

Friday, October 17th, 2014

wonder-woman-aloneYes there will be a Wonder Woman movie. Still thinking through my thinks about this one. But it’s well overdue, so…

Hark! a Vagrant has updated this week with a great piece on the noir trope of the Femme Fatale.

Kameron Hurley has written some great pieces this week. Here, she talks about the importance for writers of treating themselves like a small business, and being cautious about the rights they sign away. She also addresses the recent Requires Hate controversy with a beautifully-constructed personal essay looking at the complexities and consequences of reinventing yourself on the internet.

Leigh Sales interviews Annabel Crabbe about her new book, The Wife Drought. It’s a lovely, casual piece between two women who obviously know each other very well and share strong feelings about how difficult it is to be a working mother. I particularly liked what Crabbe had to say about the different but equally unfair expectations placed upon men and women in the workforce once they start their families. I’ll be buying her book!


Friday Links is Still a Feminist in case you were wondering

Friday, September 26th, 2014

un-women-1024x817So this has been the week of Emma Watson, who gave an impassioned speech at the UN (full transcript here) about the responsibility of men to support and promote gender equality. The #HeForShe campaign launched by Watson gained plenty of traction with many celebrity men making public statements about being feminist allies.

“When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

But of course as with any public stance on feminism, there were the detractors and the attackers – that’s the depressing thing about the world we live in. Threats were made – though this later appeared to be a hoax, which makes it no less problematic – to expose nude pictures of Watson as had happened with Jennifer Lawrence and others in recent weeks.


Friday Links is Blue and Gold

Friday, September 19th, 2014

blue beetle now kissThe news of the week as far as I’m concerned is the return of Ted Kord as Blue Beetle, my all-time favourite male superhero, to DC Comics. And yeah, Booster’s coming too. I am officially going to start reading Justice League 3000 now, because REASONS. Much love to Tara O’Shea, who let me know about this exciting development on Twitter, because I was one of only 2 people she knew who would care. YES I CARE.

And for those of you who share Friday Night is Arrow Night with me in real life, no I’m not gonna stop squealing with anticipation every time someone walks past a box labelled Kord Industries.

In other news, NY Mag put up a piece recently on the Most Feminist Moments in Sci Fi History. It’s a good list.


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