This month we are going to be pondering, listing, reviewing, and celebrating Monster Girls! That is to say, female characters who literally and/or figuratively stand outside of humanity, or blur the lines between humanity and monstrosity*.
This is what we have in store for you:
- Steph has a discussion post on the meaning of monstrosity (possibly drawing on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series) and maybe talk about Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate.
Nafiza has an essay on monstrous femininity planned (possibly to do with female villains), as well as a bunch of reviews/recs: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan, The Cuckoo’s Song by Frances Hardinge, Meda books by Eliza Crewe, Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott, and Tantony by Ananda Braxton Smith.
- Janet will be looking at The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill Maclean. She and I will also be finishing up a fanmix project for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Also, we may/may not have a movie review in store for Monster Girls month. (We do. It’s real. Not sure why I’m trying to be mysterious here.)
- As for me, I’ll be looking at The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrustskie, which I thought I’d talk about last month, but is actually much more suited for this month. I will definitely be talking about A Tyranny of Petticoats, an anthology edited by Jessica Spotswood, Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters, and maybe Cat Winters’ The Steep and Thorny Way. Plus, an essay (okay, rambling) on why the Monster Girl trope is important to me and why I believe it expands the horizon for representations of women in fantasy and sci-fi.
March is exciting for a few other reasons too:
- We have two new contributors! Yuriy–who’s already published two lovely posts–is going to be our resident comics expert! And Jane–look at her awesome first post–will be doing a new feature for us called “Notes from the Wild: Somewhat True Tales from the Library”! We are so thrilled to have them and we hope you, our dear readers and unicorns, will show them your support too! <3
- Janet will be facilitating her first readalong on Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series! And Nafiza will be moving to the third book in Alison Croggon’s Books of Pellinor series! At this point, we pretty much have readalongs planned for the rest of the year, so if neither of these series do it for you, maybe you’ll find something else you’d like to read with us?
- Our World of Word Craft resource is steadily growing! We have two more posts in store for you this month! If you’re a writer or an aspiring writer, do check out our interviews with these fantastic authors!
And that’s all the updates we have for now! Hope you’re all doing well! Wherever you are, whoever you are, we hope you have a good book nearby and a sweet March ahead. <3
*depending on how you/we/the author chooses to define humanity and monstrosity