Once upon a time, I did a month long blog event to celebrate women in March. It was a lot of fun but eventually fell by the wayside the last couple of years. It takes time and devotion and I was apparently lacking both. In those intervening years, I’ve picked up several more female authors that I enjoy and I thought it was time to give them their own spotlight.
Have you read any of these ladies and what did you think?
I’m in one of those pissed at the world moods in which getting anything productive accomplished is a struggle. But somehow, it makes it the best time to catch up on at least one tag that a lovely blogger was kind enough to tag me in. I could use a little feminine appreciation to brighten my day so here we go ladies and gents:
The very awesome blog Livid Lightning is getting my ping back since she introduced me to this tag. 😀
Rules (I will try to follow, but no one’s the boss of me on my blog)
Answer the questions (That’s the point of these tags thingys, no? See below!)
Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc. (I’ll try my best)
Tag as many people (We’ll see…)
Have fun! (No doubt)
Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.
Ka-Poel from the Powder Mage trilogy. She’s from a tribe and is essentially Taniel’s personal spotter and later servant but she’s so much more than that. She’s a force of her own with her own magic and tricks up her sleeve. She’s clever and feisty and never lets Taniel down.
For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.
Peryn’s little monster sister. That’s right, she’s over shadowed enough that I don’t remember her name. But she’s a great character, she gets some show time but I would have liked to see her even more throughout the series.
Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story.
Constance Stapleton comes more into focus in this installment of the Golgotha series, however, I still think she’s being underutilized though it appears that may change in the future.
Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.
Offred (June) from The Handmaid’s Tale is SO much better in the TV series than the book. In the book, she’s actually rather bland and kind of hard to read from her point of view. In the show, her rebellion, her determination and her overall character keep me coming back again and again.
Name a character who you want more backstory on.
Adelia Reyes, the femme fatale assassin. I just want more of this whole universe in general!
Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.
Arya Stark is the very first that comes to mind. Although, it’s usually her enemies that overlook her traits and they pay the ultimate price. But,I feel her own siblings overlook her quite often as well.
Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)
The Morrigan from the Iron Druid Chronicles. She does some pretty shitty things but a lot of the time she also tips off Atticus to danger. Sometimes, she’s the danger.
A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.
Stealing this answer from Lightning. Hail is such a bad ass heroine, but somehow I don’t know that many people who have read this series. It’s a high recommend from me if you enjoy space operas.
A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous.
Temple grew up during the time of zombies. She’s been on her own for most of it. This is a great story of a teenager surviving the zombie apocalypse on her own, fighting both the dead and the living.
Fantastic Female Bloggers
I’m going to try to tag people Lightning didn’t already tag so we can spread this fun out a bit more, but don’t feel obligated to participate by any means. This is meant to be fun!
This was a fun, easy informational read. There were SO many women I had never heard of that were true BOSS bitches. I’m glad this book exists so that more people may learn of their adventures and inspire women to be fearless.
I liked the author’s humor that was added to each little chapter and the art was fun as well.
Happy Easter one and all! Saturday officially ended Women’s History Month but I decided to wait a day for people to get in last minute submissions. I failed myself, to work in one last book review. My brain decided to have a serious case of ADD last night so I’m still working on the last 100 pages of Conspiracy of Ravens.
Imperial Rebel Ork threw another curve ball at me and featured my beloved Tank Girl!
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. collected her entire contributions into one helpful post. Be sure to check out each one as I learned about some awesome ladies I had never heard of before.
GamersUnitedGG featured a lovely little list of some female fronted video games. Samus Aran will always have a special place in my heart. Not because I’ve ever played a Metroid game, but because my husband who loves the games named our youngest dog after her. 😉
Below I am going to link every blog that contributed to this Women’s History Month celebration. You guys are some bad ass mother fuckers for helping a girl with her first blog event. Oooodles of thanks!
I’m way behind schedule. We had a family tragedy that I’ll explain more in a book review because that book helped me keep it together the last few days.
Thank you to everyone who has been contributing even though I’ve been MIA the last half a week!
Imperial Rebel Ork – He earned top spot this week for two reasons, it was his first contributing post and he created awesome miniatures inspired by myself and Ignited Moth. It was not something I would have expected in a million years but it really made my night. Thank you.
Woo boy! You guys are keeping me on my toes. I have to dedicate my Sunday evenings to updating all these great contributions. I’m so ecstatic that everyone seems to be really taking to this blog event. You guys are the best! I reached over 400 followers this week and I hope that other people have seen an uptick in their numbers as well.
Let’s get to it!
Books and Traveling with Lynn posted her list of influential female authors. She’s much better with classics than I am so head on over and check her out.
It’s only been half a week since March started but a girl has to start the weekly updates somewhere. It’s already been a joy to read the things people have started to post. This is going to be an interesting/informative/fun-tastic month.
I finally finished the massive epic fantasy I’d been working on for half a month and today officially started reading only female authors. The first book beginning this adventure is The Power by Naomi Alderman.
That’s enough about me, let’s jump into what other people have been doing this week!
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. posted not one, not two, but three biography sketches AND a trade book. This lady is not kidding when she says she’s an educator and she’s going to make the rest of us look lazy this month. 😉
I did not give myself the proper amount of time to prepare a comprehensive list of my favorite female authors but some spotlight is better than no spotlight! (As I write this the dogs are staring at me indicating that it is meal time human, but in fact I still have 15 minutes so let’s do this!)
Robin Hobb – Okay, so I’m only two books into the Farseer trilogy and have not read any of her other series BUT she has firmly cemented her place as one of my favorite authors OFF ALL TIME. If you love tightly woven world building and great characters, there is no way you’ll go wrong picking up a Hobb book.
Anne Bishop – I like DARK things and Bishop certainly knows how to deliver if you’ve read her Black Jewels trilogy. (I still have to read the following trilogies in the same line.) I’ve had the first book to her other series, The Others, sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. Time to crack that baby open this year.
Ilona Andews – Okay so this is couple that writes as a team, but one half of that team is female! They have not written a book I didn’t like so far. Urban fantasy at it’s finest.
Patricia Briggs – Another urban fantasy author that I adore. She’s also done some epic fantasy of which, I’ve only read one book but I loved it too. She writes great characters and builds some very interesting worlds.
Leigh Bardugo – YA fantasy isn’t really my jam but I forget about that when it comes to Bardugo. Her writing is poetic, her world building always top notch, and she creates characters you get attached to. If you’re going to break your YA ban, I recommend doing it for her.
Well the wolves are howling to be fed now (even though I finished this 5 minutes earlier than expected) so I should probably do something about that before I get bit. (Totally joking, they only bite when your fingers are covering too much of the biscuit you’re trying to hand them.)
Tomorrow brings my first ever attempt at a blog event, completely inspired by March being Women’s History Month. We’re gonna celebrate women.
Every week I’ll make a post linking the contributing blogs and their posts in celebration. I highly encourage you to check them out because these are some really fun people, having fun with women’s history (among other things, they after all, have other intriguing things to talk about as well.)
These SIX blogs (I’m pretty impressed that I got that many people to sign up) will be contributing: