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Tue
Oct 18 2011 10:00am

Your Formula for a Kick-Ass Young Adult Heroine

Because New York Comic Con’s The Avengers panel was taking place at the same time as the “Girls Kick Butt: Strong Female Heroines in Young Adult Fantasy” panel Saturday evening, I figured that I’d have no trouble getting into the latter. That was where I made my mistake: The Avengers attendees were mostly male, which left all the women to cluster outside the room for an hour beforehand.

And why not, when the panel included fantasy author Tamora Pierce (The Protector of the Small series, the Beka Cooper series), Esther Friesner (Nobody’s Princess and other novels that reimagine ancient princesses like Helen of Troy and Cleopatra), and Caitlin Kittredge (The Iron Codex series)?

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Fri
Jul 9 2010 2:40pm

Editorial Roundtable: Paranormal Romance Heroines and Heroes

To add additional perspectives to the paranormal romance/urban fantasy conversation, I approached a number of the editors who work in these categories to participate in an editorial roundtable of sorts. Of course, getting any group of editors together, even by email, isn’t as easy as you might think. Jury duty, vacations, overstuffed email inboxes, a tornado, and a power outage all took their toll.

My thanks to the intrepid editors who responded to our first topic:

Deb Werksman, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
Monique Patterson, Senior Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Brava

Join us as we talk about how the development of heroines and heroes is affecting the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres!

[Roundtable after the cut]

Wed
Jan 21 2009 4:15pm

Fighting dragons and depression: Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown isn’t a title that leads you to expect anything unusual, but the novel attached to it is very different from a standard fantasy in some interesting ways. It was published in 1985, three years after The Blue Sword. I’d never really noticed that three year gap, as I read it approximately ten minutes after—well, actually I had to wait for the library to open in the morning. I always re-read them together. The thing I did notice is that it’s set several hundred years before The Blue Sword. There are, thank goodness, no Homelanders yet, though the protagonist, Aerin, is “conspicuous as the only pale-skinned redhead in a country of cinnamon-skinned brunettes” (p.124 Orbit edition).

Aerin is an unsatisfactory princess—she isn’t beautiful, she isn’t accomplished, she has a dubious dead mother who was probably a witch, and she managed to give herself a bad case of vertigo by eating a magic plant. By long and positively scientific methodology, she makes a flameproof ointment that lets her be a dragonkiller—which doesn’t help make her popular, because dragons are vermin, and killing them is necessary rather than glamorous. Then everything goes to hell in a series of handbaskets and Aerin saves the day.

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