Buffy at 20: How a fan became a fangirl

Buffy at 20: How a fan became a fangirl

The web today is full of celebrations of twentieth anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I'm never one to miss an opportunity to talk about the little show that truly brought me into fandom and changed TV forever, so I'm joining the chorus. Instead of talking about how Buffy changed TV, I want to tell you about how Buffy changed me. I don't think I'd be who I am today without it.

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A new world and with it a new mission

Hi there, fellow fangirls! Now, as you may notice from looking at the site, things have been quiet around here for the last few months. It's mostly my fault - I have a small child and I've been focusing on writing for some other place, which has been really wonderful. Also there was that thing where Russia tricked America into electing a rotten, racist, sexist tangerine as "president." So, yeah, things have been stressful. But in my own little life, things have been great, and I've recently been meeting so many great women and minorities that are finding their voice in Hollywood that I figured it was time for them to have a platform.

So, without further ado I present to you, the new mission of Fangirling! The Website!

Fangirling is here to promote and support the voices of women and minorities in genre media.

What does that mean? It means the focus of this site will not just be on the stories on screen, but on the people that put them there. We'll profile great actors, point you towards some great minority and female driven stories and we'll talk to people working behind the scene as writers, directors, editors and more. 

Fangirling will also strive to serve as a resource for aspiring female and minority creators.

So many young people want to tell their stories and get them to a wider audience, or change the demographic of the behind the scenes world, but just don't know how. So we'll be focusing on resources and guidance for those trying to break in to the industry.

There's more to come in the near future - blogs and interviews and maybe even some new reviews if I can manage to make it out of the house. I hope you enjoy the ride.

The road may be long and hard, but it's a easier journey when we take it together.

Game of Feminism - who to thank?

Game of Feminism - who to thank?

Last night saw the finale of Game of Thrones' sixth, season, and what I think might be it's strongest in recent memory. Though it still suffered from many of the issues that have weighed the show down in recent years - too much wasted time on too many characters and stories - it was an action and surprise packed season that was very satisfying for me as a viewer, and as a feminist. So who do I thank for that?

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In praise of Fanfic

As I've blogged, I had a baby exactly twelve weeks ago. That means a lot of things beyond my life changing (for the better) forever. One: the twelve week mark means I'm off my "maternity leave" from blogging and other semi-pro fangirl activities. Two: I spent the last few months reading a lot of fanfic. Like, A LOT. And I just wanted to rave a bit about why that makes me so happy.

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Osric Chau and the makers of The Akira Project have a new short you've got to see.

Last year The Akira Project amazed the net with a fan-made trailer that teased a (sadly non-existent) live action adaptation of the manga/anime Akira, that looked better than any Hollywood attempt at adapting  that legendary anime could probably ever be. In the year since it's release the trailer has received over 3 million views!  In case you missed it:

Well, now the amazingly talented people behind that project are back, this time with a new original short to be released later this year. It's called Temple and it looks AMAZING.

Like The Akira ProjectTemple stars one of my favorite people, Osric Chau, best known to wide audiences as Kevin Tran on Supernatural. Much of the same creative team is behind the camera as well including director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen. The project in completely independent, which is staggering considering the quality of the production you see on screen here. The makers are hoping to harness the power of the internet to get this project seen. I can't wait to see the full thing myself!

If you'd like to support the project you can visit their official site or like them on face book or both! And keep an eye out for the full short to be released in June!

Fangirl Mini Review: Agent Carter

Fangirl Mini Review: Agent Carter

Agent Carter instantly drew fangirl attention and support because it made the radical choice to tell a female story from a uniquely female point of view. With stunning production values, a charming cast and trademark marvel wit and lightness, Agent Carter was not only the show we wanted, but the one we deserved.

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