TV Thursday – Letter O

Once Upon A Time (2011-Present)

A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a Town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed. – IMDb

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

Orphan Black (2013-Present)

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her. – IMDb

Source: Orphan Black Wiki.

Source: Orphan Black Wiki.

Shows I want to check out starting with an O: Outlander (2014-Present)

Video Game Review: Syberia

Syberia is a point and click adventure that takes American lawyer Kate Walker to a small French village. While she was supposed to finalize a simple purchase, of a small local automaton company, things become complicated. She embarks on a journey that will take her further to Eastern Europe and beyond.

SyberiaPicI played both this game and almost all of its sequel when they first came out. I didn’t finish the second one because my computer died then. I plan to play (and finish) within the next months.

The design is lovely and very stylish. The female protagonist is interesting and I love seeing her finding herself as she goes through this troublesome assignment.

One thing I didn’t remember from the game is how much sexism there is in it! I wanted to strangle Kate’s boss, her boyfriend and even her so called best friend, as well as her mother (basically many people she interacts with). It is even weirder because there are some great female characters present or mentioned in the story.

Seeing her eventually cut ties and do her own thing feels liberating. The story for the quest of Hans Voralberg is also very engaging. If you enjoy this type of games, you should definitely check it out!

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 27: Talia Stryder

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Talia Stryder, The Sovereign Galactic Empire
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Talia Stryder was originally created with Kim Basinger as her image claim (when watching Tim Burton’s Batman movie I was reminded of how much I liked Basinger’s performance in L.A. Confidential and before I knew it I was plotting Talia’s creation). I eventually switched her off to Andie McDowell, who worked better with how I had started to write the character and I have stuck with this actress since then. Talia came up to me as an imperial right away, though she wasn’t born in imperial territory, but on Gala, in an upper class family. Her father is a politician and her mother a businesswoman. She has a younger sister and while she has close relationships with her family, she left her home world in her twenties.

She went to different university to study marketing, finances, with a minor in psychology. She worked as a consultant and professional writer in these fields during the following dozen years, until she got an opportunity on the imperial capitol world of Bastion, thanks to acquaintances. She considered it a professional position as any other, but eventually got to enjoy life on Bastion more than she had thought she would. She works in the imperial political branch as a financial representative, thus working with the military as well for certain reviews and she regularly goes off world for diplomatic and commercial missions.

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She has an uncanny ability to get herself tangled in the most improbable and often dangerous situations, but manages to get through them, though shortly after joining the Empire, she made sure to hone her shooting skills. She also has a literary interest in historical fiction and has been dabbing into writing short stories in this genre again, though none have been published so far.

Very old fashioned, Talia never accepted any suitor until her late thirties, for none had ever been the right fit for her. She always preferred being on her own than settling down for someone she didn’t have a real connection with, no matter how much concern her family expressed regarding that topic. On Bastion, she met a Bakuran noble serving in the Navy. They got along well and discovered they shared values and tastes, and Talia fell for him. The two began a courtship and for the first time in her life, she introduced someone to her family, shortly before she accepted to marry her fellow imperial.

  • How do your characters handle societal and familial expectations?
  • How involved in politics can your characters be?
  • Are some of your characters, writers? Which genre(s) do they write?

I am a Star Wars Fan: Implications of Long Lasting Franchises

Natacha Guyot:

Very happy to share my first post on Sourcerer! Glad I could join this amazing team of bloggers!

Originally posted on Sourcerer:

I am a Star Wars fan.

I am not an original trilogy, a prequel, a Clone Wars, a sequel fan. I am a Star Wars fan. Does this mean I like everything that was ever created and produced in this long term media franchise? No. I don’t have this luck and I am fine with it.

There are specific Star Wars projects and stories I don’t like, even when I gave them a try. I can’t bring myself to be on board with the Legacy era, thus my timeline stops at the end of the New Jedi Order book series. It was a difficult time for me when I realized that I didn’t like the stories that came after, because I wanted to.

For a few years, I didn’t read any new Star Wars books. Then I realized that there were still so many stories I didn’t experience yet, and…

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WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you very much to Comparative Geeks for the WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I appreciate it a lot! I am always grateful for the wonderful community I found on WordPress!

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wordpressfamilyaward_2The Rules for this is to nominate 15 bloggers. I admit that I’m unsure of who to nominate as you guys are all so great! So, I decided to nominate all people following this blog. If you wish to share it on your blog, you are welcome to! If not, consider it a token of my appreciation for your support! You rock!

TV Thursday – Letter N

NCIS (2003 – Present)

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. – IMDb

Source: NCIS Wiki.

Source: NCIS Wiki.

Numb3rs (2005-2010)

Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes. – IMDb

Source: Numb3rs Wiki.

Source: Numb3rs Wiki.

My Book ‘A Galaxy of Possibilities – Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars’ Is Out!

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars is officially available as Kindle content on Amazon! You may find it on all Amazon sites, but linking US and UK below:

Official Description:

Star Wars has been a best-selling franchise since its creation in 1977. In the media landscape and audiences’ imagination, its longevity isn’t surprising, given the efficient narrative models and strong multiple influences it possesses. Fictional universes of this importance that are meant for audiences of many ages have a responsibility in terms of representation and inclusiveness. This collection of essays looks at different aspects and eras of the Star Wars universe: movies, television series, video games, and novels. It addresses portrayal of children, women, ethnic diversity, and disability; and whether they offer positive and layered images of both heroes and villains. Almost forty years of narratives of plural forms has pitted Star Wars against societal and media evolutions, thus affecting narrative approaches and choices. A Galaxy of Possibilities explores some of their impacts on the franchise.

Contents:

  • Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
  • Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
  • Chapter 2: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
  • Chapter 3: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
  • Chapter 4: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • Chapter 5: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
  • Chapter 6: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa

Thank you to everyone who made this book possible and for the great support you gave me. I hope that all of you who will read it will enjoy it. If you write reviews or generally post about it, please send me a link, I would be glad to read what you have to say! BookcoverREVEAL

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 26: Syrenia Renkl

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Syrenia Renkl, The Sovereign Galactic Empire
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Syrenia Renkl was created to be the clone of Empress Tatiana‘s elder daughter but the exact story leading to the clone’s existence evolved a lot before I got to the point of writing Syrenia. I waited more than two years between creating the character and writing her but it was a very good thing as I was able to come up with a better story line in the end. Syrenia went through a few different claims until I eventually settled for Milla Jovovich, which suits her very well, especially as I pictured Syrenia as tall and athletic. I also added Sabine Wren from Star Wars: Rebels as a secondary claim since then.

Syrenia’s original self, Kara, was Tatiana’s eight year old daughter. She got killed by accident, because of an poisoning attempt on her mother. Nothing could be done to save her and she was buried. Yet, the genius doctor who had tried to keep her alive (and who had created my other clone character Haranea as well) had secretly succeeded in cloning her. Yet, something happened in the process and she matured too quickly, her body needing genetic and technological adjustments to slow things down when she reached adolescence within months. Syrenia considered the doctor as a protector as he was the only one looking after her back then. The doctor had also given her the name of Syrenia, after his late wife, Syrene.

She eventually got reunited with her family, much to everyone’s shock, including the Intelligence Operative whom she considered her guardian angel. The transition was difficult for everyone, but thanks to meeting more of her mother’s family, especially a certain someone who became her touchstone, getting to know her new stepfather and dealing with befriending her unexpected older brother, she was able to find her place little by little. She had further maturing happening but was adjusted not to age anymore, or at a possible much slower rate. Up to this day, it is unknown how long Syrenia will live, but odds are that her life span will be much longer than a normal human’s being.

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She didn’t want to just be some kind of heiress and needed to prove her worth and dedication to the Empire. With her grandmother’s support, she was able to join the Imperial Army. With other women in her family in politics, intelligence and navy, she wanted to carve her own path, thus choosing the Army, for the military called to her. Both per her mother’s decision and her own, she wasn’t given any special treatment as it would diminish her and what the family members are capable of.

Shortly after her enlisting, Syrenia almost died in an explosion, which saw many deaths in the destruction of an imperial star destroyer. While one of the few survivors, she had lost a leg, an arm, an eye and an ear, sending her once again to the hospital for a long time. She isolated herself afterwards, until her closest friend, with whom she was falling in love, decided to barge in. She gave support to Syrenia and helped her recover and stop being a recluse, so she could carry on with her life.

Handling Syrenia’s transition into adolescence and adulthood because of her accelerated growth has been a very interesting angle, because it challenged me in terms of reactions and behaviors. Finding the fine line between remains of childhood and her high sense of duty for example wasn’t always an easy task. With her needing to mature faster, but not always able to have the mental and emotional follow as promptly as the physical, it also led me to how she wasn’t sure of how to deal with her romantic and sexual orientation. Indeed, she grew up in a family who was comfortable with people choosing the partner of their choice, regardless of gender, but she still felt awkward for a while about how she felt attractions to women only though she didn’t have any experience with males. Most of my characters already knew themselves enough by the time I started writing them, for them not go through such phases of self questioning, so having Syrenia experience it was something different.

  • Do you write multiple generations from one or more families?
  • How does figuring their sexual orientation out influence your characters?
  • How can close relatives or friends help a character transition into adolescence and adulthood?