Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
On Tuesday, Oct 25, Marvel author Chelsea Cain tweeted that she was facing online harassment, and deleted her Twitter account early the next day. Cain is an established novelist and writer of the Marvel series Mockingbird. Most of the harassment centered around a tweet she had made earlier last week about the comic’s cancellation, saying “We need to make sure @Marvel makes room for more titles by women about women kicking ass” and the cover for the 8th issue, which featured Mockingbird wearing a shirt that says, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”
George R.R. Martin had some sad news for Game of Thrones fans on his blog this weekend: “The Winds of Winter is not finished.” Confessing to be just as disappointed as his fans, Martin predicts that he is still months away from completing the novel. Of course, many fans were in an uproar over the announcement, while others, including geeky favorites Neil Gaiman and Felicia Day came to Martin’s defense. Continue reading Waiting (Patiently) for Winter: DG’s Reaction to George R.R. Martin’s Latest Announcement
This week Princess in Black and Princess Academy author Shannon Hale teamed up with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to initiate a campaign called #StoriesForAll. In light of various comments made to her at her school appearances, Hale has become very concerned with the way adults shame boys for reading “girl books.” Now, she and Bloomsbury have decided to do something about it, by spreading awareness on social media all throughout this week.
MTV News put out an interview today with two of our favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater, discussing how fans often dehumanize the creators, especially female creators, of the very thing they love. Here at DG, we’re all fans of something and we also have strong opinions about what it means to be a fan and what is and is not appropriate fan behavior. Continue reading The Dangers of Fandom and How to Be an Awesome Fan
For those of you who are not on Twitter (or for some bizarre reason are not following J.K. Rowling), you may have been wondering why the internet suddenly exploded over our favorite magical author. Is a new Harry Potter book coming out? Have our dreams finally come true?
Not quite. But something almost as good: Around this time last year, J.K. Rowling announced that she would be expanding the Harry Potter universe with a film about Newt Scamander entitled “Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Over the past year, Rowling has been working on writing the screenplay for this film, but she’s been rather quiet about it since the original announcement. Until now.
Early Monday morning, Rowling tweeted a cryptic anagram relating to the screenplay. By Tuesday afternoon, industrious fans had solved the riddle. But before the solution was found, fans all over Twitter were sharing their unsuccessful but often hilarious attempts.
The first time I ever went to an anime convention, I left the convention center to eat at a Burger King, still in my cosplay outfit. The whole walk there, I got looks and comments from strangers on the street and once I got inside, a man walked into the Burger King, wolf-whistled, and walked back out again. I was in Middle School. Continue reading Following, Cussing Out, Grabbing, or Invading Someone’s Comfort Zone is #NotJustHello
A 7 year old girl’s letter to Lego is going viral thanks to Twitter. Charlotte’s straightforward words are adorable and wise beyond her years. Check out the transcript below: