In honour of the recent record-smashing film debut of Wonder Woman, we’ve decided to highlight work that features women in action and overcoming obstacles – in a variety of situations.
From the struggles of a stay at home mom in Laura Beasley’s Shreds of Silva to the high-octane action in Sherry Morris’ Dolly and the Zombie Apocalypse (yes, that Dolly) to the intriguing Shards of Glass by Sednem Sanders – folks behind the scenes of Twisted Sister say the female writers just do things differently than their traditional male counterparts.
And we’re sure glad of it.
Lindsay Diamond’s The Field shows that female writers can craft complex male characters – and action scenes – that will leave you right on the edge of your seat.
But sometimes, we ask ourselves what the heck are we doing this whole lit mag thing for – we got the answer for you right here – but the short answer is to promote female representation in the arts by supporting writers and depicting strong female characters. And no, we sure as hell aren’t presuming binary notions of gender, but, to set things straight – we’re sick and tired of female (and female identifying or just outright queer) characters (and writers!) shoved to the sidelines in limited roles. Now, these characters aren’t always the good guys, and they sure aren’t perfect, but they’re complicated and well rounded, and have a role in the story beyond simply arm candy.
So in this light, we’re thrilled to share Ryan Sebastian’s Star Power and Guy Ricketts’ Pieces of Forever, as well as Steve Campbell’s Conservation of the Species to show that male writers can write complex female characters. And check out Liz McAdams’ Kat and Hero, and Tom Leins’ Meat Whiplash while you’re at it too.
Finally, a HUGE thank you to Sarah Myles for sharing her review of the Wonder Woman movie — if you haven’t seen it yet – just stop what you’re doing and go – NOW! (We’ll wait for you.) And for those of us waiting, Sarah has a great discussion on comic book movie franchises and women.
Until next time,
Remember folks, we’re still open for submissions — give us your weird, your strange, your scary — we want YOU!