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A podcast elevating the voices of women authors of science fiction and fantasy who write about kickass heroines.

Females in Fantasy Avolation Media

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    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

A podcast elevating the voices of women authors of science fiction and fantasy who write about kickass heroines.

    Grand Finale (The Last Episode)

    Grand Finale (The Last Episode)

    I wrap up my thoughts on female characters by tearing apart Jordan Peterson's conceptualization of the archetypal "male" and "female" heroes, and present my own theory on the archetypal hero.

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    Sources:
    Jordan Peterson on female heroes: https://youtu.be/Wo7qFJ3X4Mo
    Highest-grossing female-driven movies: https://www.glamour.com/story/highest-grossing-female-driven
    Popular female protagonist books: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/female-protagonist
    The most successful movies directed by women: https://www.liveabout.com/successful-women-filmmakers-4142000

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    If you want to keep up with me after the end of the podcast, here are a few ways!
    My blog: briannadasilva.blog
    Newsletter: bit.ly/2Ov2tFm
    Twitter: twitter.com/Brianna_daSilva

    Also, check out my debut fantasy novel, CITY OF RECKONING, coming out summer 2021, and currently listed on Goodreads:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47161334-city-of-reckoning

    • 28 min
    Dark Female Characters with Kathrin Hutson

    Dark Female Characters with Kathrin Hutson

    Kathrin Hutson talks about antiheroines, morally gray protagonists, and what our preference for — or against — dark characters really says about us.

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    Keep up with Kathrin:
    https://www.kathrinhutsonfiction.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/KathrinHutsonFiction/
    https://www.instagram.com/kathrinhutsonfiction/
    https://twitter.com/ExquisitelyDark

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    To read all about why I'm ending Females in Fantasy, and what comes next, here's a Patreon post (available to the public, not just paying patrons):
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/sad-announcement-28572345

    If you want to keep up with me after the end of the podcast, here are a few ways!
    My blog: http://briannadasilva.blog
    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2Ov2tFm
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brianna_daSilva

    • 34 min
    Harmful Books with Nicole Pierman

    Harmful Books with Nicole Pierman

    Nicole Pierman and I continue the conversation that started with Francina Simone about cancel culture in the book community. We discuss the concept of "harmful" books, censorship, and how to have productive conversations online. 

    Plus, we respond to some of the counter-arguments out there from people who think the cancel culture is a good thing.

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    You can find Nicole on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU1GsNaGSESEjy4aufbnIaA
    Wattpad:
    https://www.wattpad.com/user/AuthorishNicole
    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/PiermanNicole
    and Goodreads:
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14954026.Nicole_Pierman

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    If you enjoy Females in Fantasy, please rate and review it on iTunes!

    Become a monthly supporter of the podcast to listen to special episodes, watch video versions of interviews, get exclusive merch like bookmarks, stickers, mugs, and more:
    http://patreon.com/femalesinfantasy

    Podcast follow links:
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/femalesnfantasy
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/femalesinfantasy

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Women in History with Kate Elliot

    Women in History with Kate Elliot

    Kate Elliot and I talk about the common misunderstandings people have about the roles real women played in history, and how this impacts the way fantasy gets written. When women are given complex, powerful roles in historically-inspired stories, is that wish fulfillment and political correctness? Or is it just... realistic?

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    To go more deeply into this topic, I highly recommend the following essay by Kate Elliot: 
    "Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas." 
    https://www.tor.com/2016/03/23/writing-women-characters-into-epic-fantasy-without-quotas/

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    Keep up with Kate on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/KateElliottSFF
    Her blog:
    http://www.kateelliott.com/
    And her newsletter:
    http://subscribepage.com/kateelliottnewsletter

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    If you enjoy Females in Fantasy, please rate and review it on iTunes!

    Become a monthly supporter of the podcast to listen to special episodes, watch video versions of interviews, get exclusive merch like bookmarks, stickers, mugs, and more:
    http://patreon.com/femalesinfantasy

    Podcast follow links:
    Shop: http://shop.femalesinfantasy.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/femalesnfantasy
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/femalesinfantasy

    • 29 min
    Witches and Intersectionality with Susan Dennard

    Witches and Intersectionality with Susan Dennard

    Susan Dennard responds to some critiques and failures of "intersectional" thinking, and discusses how to solve them in the context of character creation. Plus: How the fear of powerful women plays into the way we see witches (and not wizards).

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    Keep up with Susan on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/stdennard
    on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/stdennard/
    and through her newsletter, which you can sign up for here:
    https://susandennard.com/

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    If you enjoy Females in Fantasy, please rate and review it on iTunes!

    Become a monthly supporter of the podcast to listen to special episodes, watch video versions of interviews, get exclusive merch like bookmarks, stickers, mugs, and more:
    http://patreon.com/femalesinfantasy

    Podcast follow links:
    Shop: http://shop.femalesinfantasy.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/femalesnfantasy
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/femalesinfantasy

    • 26 min
    Book Controversies with Francina Simone

    Book Controversies with Francina Simone

    To kick off SEASON 3, Francina Simone and I talk about cancel culture in the book community, and the way it harms the people it claims to protect.

    This conversation is much longer than regular episodes, because the subject matter called for a lot of complexity and nuance, and we wanted to get that right. Please don't let the length stop you from listening. I believe this topic is very important, and it's something we need to talk about more in the book community.

    If you agree or disagree with what Francina and I had to say, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Tweet to me at @Brianna_daSilva or @FemalesInFantasy, or send me a note at femalesinfantasy@gmail.com. Let's keep the conversation going.

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    To dive deeper into the topic of book controversies, censorship, and online toxicity, here are some great videos from Francina's channel I recommend!

    "Carve the Mark controversy" https://youtu.be/AOwsQ3mJKPI
    "Blood Heir controversy" https://youtu.be/C4S1p3KtZSw
    "Modern censorship" https://youtu.be/wvsYlcxohzI
    "Diversity isn't about adding POC or LGBT" https://youtu.be/Bx3I5p4qgUQ
    "How the book community has achieved moral bankruptcy" https://youtu.be/aPgl8tA7ChM

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    Keep up with "intellectual" Francina on her YouTube channel:
    http://youtube.com/francinasimone

    Or, keep up with Francina "being stupid" on Twitter: (Her words, not mine!)
    https://twitter.com/FrancinaSimone

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    If you enjoy Females in Fantasy, please rate and review it on iTunes!

    Become a monthly supporter of the podcast to listen to special episodes, watch video versions of interviews, get exclusive merch like bookmarks, stickers, mugs, and more:
    http://patreon.com/femalesinfantasy

    Podcast follow links:
    Shop: http://shop.femalesinfantasy.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/femalesnfantasy
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/femalesinfantasy

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

ebowie331 ,

Exactly what I needed!

As a new writer, I wonder all the time about how other writers have dealt with issues around feminism, representation, and other important topics in their fantastical worlds. The host asks exactly the questions that I've been wanting to ask, that society and writers NEED to ask, and the guests are astounding. Highly recommended for all writers!

TheEpicPlace ,

What I’ve Always Needed In A Podcast!

I’m a afab fantasy author so I would say I’ve been interested in/frustrated with this topic for forever. To hear a podcast dedicated solely to this topic is SO needed right now. I also appreciate how intersectional this is another highly needed discussion topic currently. Thanks for creating this!

Liz Hunter ,

Great writing podcast!

I always look foward to each week's episode! Brianna always has such fantastic guests and i enjoy learning from their thooughts. It's great to be challenged and encouraged to write epic women in fantasy!

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