Strong Women in Sci-Fi and Fantasy-- now with clothes!
When I set the challenge to find sci-fi and fantasy that featured women who weren’t fan service, sidekicks, or the only woman in the book, I thought it would be relatively easy and definitely fun to research. After all, sci-fi and fantasy are making a comeback and there are so many great new books published every year. What we found instead is that even now it’s hard to find books written about women who exist as actual people. It’s easier in Teen fiction, but I think there’s more of a push and purpose in that area to make sure that young women and girls have people to look up to. For adults, we’re still catching up. When we applied the Bechdel test to our favorite sci-fi and fantasy books, some came up short. We also didn’t want sidekicks; only heroines were allowed.
This weekend, a few of us from DPL are presenting a panel on strong women in sci-fi and fantasy at the Denver Comic Con. We’ll talk about why it was so hard to find books that fit the bill and some books and trends that we’re super excited about. If you’re going to be there, we’re presenting on Saturday, June 1 in Room 103 at 10 a.m. I guarantee that at least one of us will be giddily bouncing around like a crazed squirrel. We’re doing a host of other panels as well. Check out these great posts about the Weird West, GLBT Superheroes, and Steampunk!