Welcome to Heroine Week, an event whose main purpose is to celebrate female characters and focus the conversation on them.
Heroine Week is all about, well, the heroines, but also about the guests. They made this event possible, and I’m grateful and honored to host their insightful, funny and thought-provoking posts.
Here’s a tiny preview of what you can expect:
Monday starts with a bang thanks to authors Sarah Mayberry and Stephanie Doyle, followed by super blogger (and librarian) Wendy. The topics will go from everyday heroines to POV’s, all spiced up with a nice dose of Westerns.
Tuesday is Unlikable Heroine Day, with posts by Nicole Helm, Molly O’Keefe and Rebecca Rogers Maher.
Wednesday is going to be eclectic and personal. Mary Ann Rivers will tell us why heroines come first. The wonderful Kaetrin from Kaetrin’s Musings will share her experience as a hero-centric reader who has progressively been moving towards the middle. And Rebekah Weatherspoon will talk about the importance of black heroines and diverse characters.
Thursday will be filled with “Best Of” lists. It will start with my post about Meljean Brook’s heroines. Next, I ask Smexy bloggers Tory, Mandi and May to name their favorite heroine, and wait until you see their picks. And one of my oldest blogger friends, Jen from Red Hot Books, will list what she considers the best Urban Fantasy heroines.
Friday is all about strength, feminism and YA (not necessarily in that order). We’ll have posts by Jill Sorenson, Sarah from Clear Eyes, Full Shelves, and me!
Saturday will feature heroines whose traits go from the most obviously heroic, to the quiet and surprisingly strong. Amara Royce, Jennifer Lohmann and Ros Clarke will share their thoughts on interesting, complex female characters whose heroic qualities may not always be evident, but are certainly there.
Sunday is the final day, but before I share some closing thoughts, Shelley Ann Clark will be talking about the different portrayals of female friendship in the genre. And one of my favorite bloggers, Angie from Angieville, will list her favorite Fantasy heroines.