Created By: TheEvilOboist on June 8, 2010 Last Edited By: TheEvilOboist on June 11, 2010
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Feminist Fantasy

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Either a brand-new sci-fi or fantasy story with explicit feminist themes, or a feminist retelling of an old story (such as a fairy tale or folktale)

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  • June 8, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Written in 1915.
  • June 8, 2010
    gneissisnice
    Arguably Ella Enchanted (the novel by Gail Carlson Levine, not the movie), where it's Cinderella retold, but this time Ella takes charge of her own destiny. She still gets the prince at the end I suppose, but it's still more her rescuing the prince than the prince rescuing her (in a more subtle way).
  • June 9, 2010
    Arivne
  • June 9, 2010
    DaibhidC
  • June 9, 2010
    Tezcat
    I think the word feminist is too strong... maybe I just read Tamora Pierce at an impressionable age, but they just came across as fantasy books with female protagonists, rather than being explicitly... hm, now I think about it, there were themes that were anti-chauvinist... but I maintain that marking these books out as somehow ideologically based because of their inclusion of gender politics is perhaps a disservice to the author's other interests and the equality credentials of people not included on the list.
  • June 9, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    That's pretty much feminism though. Portraying women as equals to men, promoting the use of strong female characters in fiction, being anti-chauvanism... A work doesn't have to be about feminism to be feminist in the same way a book can have good black characters without being about the civil rights movement or something like that.
  • June 9, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Women Of The Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong.
  • June 9, 2010
    TheEvilOboist
    A work can have explicit feminist themes without being Anvilicious, admittedly some of Pierce's books were more obviously feminist than others.

    Hmm, maybe I'll put a disclaimer in the article.
  • June 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Modestitt's The Soprano Sorceress series. Oh so much.
  • June 9, 2010
    voodoochild
    Just about anything Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote, but the most famous is her feminist retelling of Arthurian legend, The Mists of Avalon.
  • June 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • June 9, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    might want to mention this is not a Lifetime Movie Of The Week.
  • June 10, 2010
    Mimimurlough
    A warning will be in order that this will be YMMV. As demonstrated above, what some writers want to see as feminist can be seen as outirght conservative by others. Just take the different stances Twilight has seen regarding its main character's focus on her family - is it sexist, antifeminist or just an unconventional form of feminism? Everyone have their own opinion on that
  • June 10, 2010
    DaibhidC
    There was apparently a 1987 anthology called Don't Bet On The Prince.
  • June 10, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    It's not so much the focus on family that's the sexist part of Twilight. That's a good trait for anybody to have. It's the complete and utter lack of a central nervous system displayed by the female protagonist that gets criticized.
  • June 10, 2010
    shimaspawn
    • There were a whole series of Chicks In Chainmail anthologies that were about girls being the heroes.

    And I agree. I've never seen the focus on family in Twilight get villanized. The abusive boyfriend, the idea that being a woman means you can't do anything for yourself, the stalking is love...
  • June 10, 2010
    Mimimurlough
    that only goes to show how different feminism is precieved. I'm pretty sure that I have seen it being debated inthe same way that Mrs. Weaslys hommaking was. How big an issue it is may vary, however
  • June 10, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I think the big issue with Twilight is that it has a large Hatedom in the first place. So people are going to find fault with everything in the book. >>; I haven't read the novels so I wouldn't be able to give a proper opinion on whether it's got feminist themes or not.

    Mercedes Lackey books feature these themes, again, some more than others.
  • June 10, 2010
    Tzintzuntzan
    This feels like a hybrid of Lady Land, Perspective Flip, and Gender Flip. I think it can get its own trope, but a lot of the examples will overlap.
  • June 10, 2010
    randomsurfer
    The Chicago female theater company Babes With Blades.
  • June 10, 2010
    RhymeBeat
  • June 11, 2010
    TheEvilOboist
    OK, launching this tomorrow if there are no objections.
  • June 11, 2010
    counterfeitelijk
    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.
  • June 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    See also wikipedia's article on Feminist Sci Fi

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