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02 June 2009 @ 05:48 pm
Programming Inspiration  
Hi, everyone!

I’ve been pondering my programming submissions. The submissions deadline has been extended to June 7, in case you haven’t heard, so if you’re on the fence or if there’s a topic you’d like to discuss, please do put together a proposal! Everyone’s welcome to submit, whether you have a PhD in Literature or Women’s Studies, are a woman working in publishing, or like me, you only have degrees that are utterly useless in this field, but you’re a huge fan of women fantasy writers and women fantasy characters.

Anyway! I have been pondering my programming submissions, which are bouncing around in my head like pinballs, and I thought maybe we could all use a little inspiration and celebration.

So do tell me, please, who are your favorite female fantasy characters and why do you love them so much?

Here are some of mine:

Keladry, from Tammy Piece’s Protector of the Small quartet: Kel is the first openly female knight in over a hundred years, and she trains and achieves her knighthood despite ongoing bullying and undermining from others in her life. Also, her mom is a badass and her queen is a badass and every time I read her conversation with Alanna after Kel’s achieved her, ahem, distaff shield, I have a little cry.

Ellen, from Cinda Williams Chima’s Warrior Heir, et al: I can’t really tell you why Ellen is a badass without giving away huge plot points, but Ellen is a complete badass. If you’ve read the books, I bet you know what I mean!

The White Witch, from C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Yeah, I know C. S. Lewis had serious women issues (“Battles are ugly when women fight,” indeed), but from his women issues sprung one of the most terrifying, powerful villains in fantasy literature.

Alice, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: I don’t know that Carroll thought he was telling anything other than a cute adventure story, but Alice has always been one of my favorite heroines because she finds herself having an adventure, and uses her wits to stand on her own two feet and navigate Wonderland (all that eating and drinking of unknown substances aside!).

Meg, from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: Okay, okay, Wrinkle is more sci-fi than fantasy, but it was the first book I read as a child that had a “difficult” heroine and praised her for being “difficult.” Meg, I ♥ you!

And yours?

Cheers,
Amy
 
 
 
misscake: Sirensmisscake on June 4th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
But when the fundamentals of a strong female character get negated by love and everything that goes with it, if they suddenly become dependent on their significant other - even if that person is another female - I loose respect for them and it ruins the book for me.

YES! It's not that I mind a romance at all, but sometimes it feels like it's thrown in for reasons that do not advance the plot or character and it becomes very difficult to read. Yay for finding someone else who feels this way!!
halliethalliet on June 4th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Piling on to say me too. I love a good romance, but I don't need one (to happen simultaneously with an adventure, for example) . I've seen it handled well--Graceling and Crown Duel are two that spring to mind.
artemisgreyartemisgrey on June 4th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Don't know if you're going to Sirens (sounds stupid, but I presume that LiveJournel users can post even if they're not going) but I am and I'd thought about proposing something to do with the whole love angle. Only problem is that I don't have any credentials and I can't even say that I've had much experience with love myself, because I haven't. But it's good to know someone out there gets my position on that subject! :)
Sometimes, I feel as though love is thrown in on female leads as an afterthought. 'Oh, and since she's a girl, she fell in love and the guy took care of her forever. The end' As if there COULDN'T possibly be a happy or satisfying ending if the girl didn't find herself a guy (or girl).
misscake: Sirensmisscake on June 4th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I am definitely going!

I toyed with the idea myself, but time just got away from me this month (work, end of school year, funerals, etc.) and I haven't had time to focus on putting a proposal together of my own but I totally think you should propose something (but hurry because the deadline is approaching fast!) on this.
artemisgreyartemisgrey on June 4th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
So, I'm going to go home and toy with the idea of proposing a roundtable discussion. I looked at what's been approved thus far, and the only listed roundtable discussion isn't on the subject, but compliments my idea...