Tag Archives | Feminism

The Importance of Womance

All around the internets, you can often see cries and complaints that YA is “too girly” or that there isn’t enough fiction to interest boys. Of the latter, I say that there have been centuries of “boys’ fiction”, so let the girls have a turn. Of the former, I say that if by “too girly”, you mean “too much romance”, then I would have to begrudgingly agree. Not that I have an issue with romance. […]


Interview with Elizabeth Ross, Author of Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed […]


“Strong Female” Fallacies

I’ve made no secret that I am an out-and-proud feminist, and that I am always on the lookout for great female characters in the books I read. However, sometimes it seems that people think this means I only like Strong Female Characters™, a particular breed of character running rampant in many YA and adult fantasy novels whom I dislike. According to these books I’ve read, Strong Female Characters™ can be or have one or more […]