Episkopos Rev. Alixtii O'Krul V, TRL (alixtii) wrote,

Yuletide Nominations

It occurs to me that the new nomination process actually allows me to very usefully apply an adapted version of the Bechdel test in deciding what to offer, come signups: if two or more female characters don't appear among the nominated characters, I probably shouldn't offer to write it. Whereas before I would have to guess whether someone requesting The Illiad was more likely to request Achilles/Patroclus or Briseis/Chryseis, now I should be more able to figure it out based on what was nominated. (Not that there was ever any doubt in my mind concerning that particular example.) Between that and the "Women Being Awesome" freeform tag, I should be able to ensure I get to write something nicely female-centric, despite the deeply pervasive bias for male characters seen throughout the nominations. For the record, my nominations are:
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego The Player Illuminatus! Trilogy - Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson Miss Portinari Tart (2001) Heather von Strum Cat Storm Grace Bailey Eloise Logan
Since the Where on Earth player will always be female to me, this year I nominated absolutely zero male characters. I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority.. (Although, it's also true that the only character of color I nominated is Carmen, so it's not like my moral high ground is particularly high.) So, looking at the spreadsheet of nominations as of this writing, I could concievably write (meaning, I've at least seen it, or enough of it, even if I hate it) in the following fandoms. Female characters are in parentheses; fandoms with two or more nominated female characters are bolded. (Of course, it's far too early in the nomination process to make any meaningful conclusions about anything.)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Kira Nerys/Keiko O'Brien) Back to the Future (Jennifer Parker/Clara Clayton) Wizards of Waverly Place (Alex Russo/Juliet Van Heusen) Doctor Who RPF (Alex Kingston/Karen Gillian) The Witches - Roald Dahl (Grandmother/Grand High Witch) Galaxy Quest (Gwen DeMarco) Phineas and Ferb (Vanessa Doofenshmirtz) Sarah Jane Adventures (Rani Chandra/Sky Smith) X-Factor (Layla Miller) Enchanted (Gisele/Morgan Philip) Dollhouse (Ivy/Adelle DeWitt) Neverending Story (Childlike Empress) Romeo & Juliet (Rosaline/Nurse) Les Miserables (Fantine/Cosette) Repo! The Genetic Opera (Magdalene Defoe/Marni Wallace) Fairy Tales (Stepmother/Witch/Fairy Godmother/Sister) St. Trinians (Annabelle Fritton/Kelly Jones/Polly/Camilla Fritton)
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Tags: feminism, yuletide
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