Flaunting My Diversity by Tricia Barr is another good read. I haven’t got around to reading Tricia’s novel Wynde, but I am very much looking forward to doing it later this year! I like Tricia’s posts and this one is no exception. The way she approaches diversity not only in her own storytelling but how she includes some of views on the topic in general is very compelling.
As a scholar and writer, Natacha has posted insightful pieces on fandom and media, with an eye toward how transmedia will change storytelling. She also participates in fandom as a vidder and “collaborates on fanfiction projects.” From her About page:
I believe in incorporating fannished practices into academic ones, as some fan creations can be interesting teaching tools. I also consider fan creations to participate to a new kind of oral tradition, with transmedia franchises working as some kind of new mythical system, when it comes to storytelling.
Stories have always been important to me, either as a viewer/reader or as a writer. I tend to have a special interest to strong (in many possible and unique ways) female characters, as some of my writings and talks show. As for my long term taste for Science Fiction, it encompasses many aspects of that genre, not simply the vast imaginary it may display, but also the themes that run through its narratives. I owe my decision to go into media studies to George Lucas’s Star Wars (with a special mention to a good many EU writers of the nineties), Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Gladiator, Rockne O’Bannon’s Farscape, C.J. Cherryh’s Serpent’s Reach, and many more.
Emphasis mine. I encourage you to check out Natacha’s site as she chronicles the evolution of fandom and storytelling from an academic-fan’s perspective.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Assembly of Geeks and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.