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Friday, April 15, 2011

Geek girls exist?

So. Everyone and their mom is talking about that idiot New York Times review about A Game of Thrones. I am not linking to it; I'm sure you know what I mean; and if you don't, well, whip out your Google fu and hop to it.

I just feel the need to add my voice to the chorus of geek girls out there saying O HAI GINIA BELLAFANTE WE DO EXIST. Because yes--I don't like A Game of Thrones. But that's not because I'm a woman and women don't like fantasy. It's because I am not real huge on fantasy epics that don't end. And here is what I do like:

Star Wars

Doctor Who

The Lord of the Rings (books and films) and The Silmarillion (and o let me tell you how very alone I am in that)

Stories about King Arthur--remember how I have "the once and future king" TATTOOED ON MY SHOULDER?

Jo Walton books (fantasy, speculative fiction, alternate history)

Tamora Pierce books (medieval-style fantasy)

Robin McKinley books (paranormal fiction, fairy tale retellings, fantasy)

Sharon Shinn books (fantasy, science fiction)

Margaret Fucking Atwood, people

Firefly, Buffy, Angel, and Dollhouse

Karen Healey books (fantasy)

Dianne Sylvan books (paranormal fiction)


Rosemary Sutcliff books (historical fantasy)

Garth Nix books (medieval-style fantasy)

Terry Pratchett books (spastic fantasy)

Scott Westerfeld books (dystopia, alternate history, speculative fiction)

Octavia Butler books (speculative fiction, historical science fiction)

Ursula K. Le Guin books (high fantasy, science fiction)

Philip Pullman books (alternate history, speculative fiction, fantasy)

Neil Gaiman books (fantasy, fantastic graphic novels and comics)

Patricia Wrede books (fantasy)

N.K. Jemisin books (fantasy)


Frank Herbert books (science fiction)

A whole stinking array of comic books, including but not limited to Batman+Batfamily, Wonder Woman, The Sandman, Deadpool, X-Men, White Tiger, Gotham Central, Gotham City Sirens, Justice League, Ultimates, &cetera

A whole stinking array of cartoons and anime, including but not limited to DuckTales, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League of America/Unlimited, Claymore, pretty much every DC animated movie, Marvel Knights: Black Panther, Baki the Grappler, Miyazaki films, Avatar: The Last Airbender, &cetera

Terminator films, barring the newest one

and a whole fucking lot more "dude stuff" that guess what, plenty of people with vaginas enjoy. Fuck you, Ginia Bellafante. Learn to a) read b) fact-check OR c) skim the Internet for the obvious.

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