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An Author’s Journey: Women in Epic Fantasy (3, The Blogsphere)

3.15.14 An Author’s Journey: Some Inspirations & Influences, Part 4.10: Women in Epic Fantasy (3, The Blogsphere)

Katherine Kerr, The Fire Dragon (art by Geoff Taylor)

Fantastic Depictions of Women in Katherine Kerr’s Deverry Cycle; pictured, cover art from The Fire Dragon (2000, art by Geoff Taylor)

Good Morning, Everyone:

Weekend’s here, & Sophia and I are heading to Grandpa’s house with the kids for some breakfast and then a busy day filled with college-prep stuff and hanging out with friends!

Still thinking about depiction of women in epic fantasy, and here’s a very cool “starter kit” for learning landscape of the debate!

Thanks for visiting & have a great Saturday!


N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

For those interested in blogosphere articles, here are some potential starting points:

Fantasy Book link to Kristin’s “Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy” blogs from April 2012; , you’ll find a variety of interviews & articles here helpful for getting up-to-speed on various approaches to women in the fantasy genre:

Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts, "Daughter of the Empire" ("Mara," by Geoff Taylor)

Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts, Daughter of the Empire (“Mara,” by Geoff Taylor)

Bad’s guest blog “On the Representation of Women in Fantasy” by fantasy novelist Juliet E. McKenna, which gives an introduction to the topic, and notes the remnants of Victorian culture that very much informed Tolkien & Lewis’s views of women ­­­

N.K. Jemisin's "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" ("Yeinne Darr ," by DubuGomdori)

N.K. Jemisin’s “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” (“Yeinne Darr ,” by DubuGomdori)

Faith Boughan’s blog at on gender stereotypes:

tekanji‘s blog on Finally, A Feminism 101 site, “What is the ‘male gaze’?”

Shedrick’s blog offers what I found to be a thoughtful male perspective on feminization in epic fantasy:

N.K. Jemisin’s article, ” ‘ Feminization’ in Epic Fantasy?’ ” on her blog site

Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, "Daenerys Targaryen" (Emilia Clarke)

Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, “Daenerys Targaryen” in Game of Thrones (Emilia Clarke)

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin

The depiction of women and girls in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice has spawned many responses across the blogsphere.  Here are a few of the more thoughtful assessments!

Shoshana Kessock blog concerning George R. R. Martin’s representation of women in Game of Thrones

Another critique of Martin’s Game of Thrones from Sady Doyle

To offer a different, less negative insight on Game of Thrones (but still critical of the HBO show’s depiction of women), see Emily Nussbaum’s The New essay:

Next time: Epic Fantasy Depictions of Women (The Negative Side of the Register…)

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