The Feminist Influence in Fantasy Fiction

Have you noticed that many bestselling Fantasy authors have added a feminist edge to the fantasy universe?

In the past the biggest names and titles in fantasy generally wrote strong male protagonists but today we see the feminist influence has started giving the fantasy universe a much-needed feminine touch.

It is like the world has finally realized that there are a lot of young girls and women reading sci-fi fantasy and with the rising trend of women entrepreneurs and women in the work force, women also have the disposable income to support their reading habit and are looking for strong female lead characters that they can identify with and support as the story unfurls before them.

Here are some notables that are definitely worth the read:

Flanagan’s Rangers Apprentice – Male lead (Will) transitions to female apprentice lead (Maddie)

The Rangers – with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And Will has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. The Rangers who are the protectors of the kingdom – Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.

As the circle closes and student becomes the master, Will must take on an apprentice and his old master Halt has the perfect candidate: a rebellious, unwilling one – Maddie.

Sage’s Septimus Heap – Male lead (Septimus Heap) transitions to female apprentice lead (Alice TodHunter Moon)

The 7th son of the 7th son, aptly named Septimus, was stolen aand raised as an orphan. But his path will lead him to the door of his past and to becoming the apprentice to none other than the Extra Ordinary Wizard.

Under the mantle of his new position, Septimus meets a young PathFinder named Alice TodHunter Moon—who insists on being called Tod – the next Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

Riordan’s Camp Half-blood Chronicles – Male leads in series Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (Percy and Jason) transitions to female lead series Trials of Apollo (Meg).

Percy Jackson first came to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island) for protection from the monsters hunting him in the normal world. There he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea and he takes up the quest to protect the world and his friends from a catastrophic war between the gods only to become embroiled with other demigod Heroes of Olympus all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Meg McCaffrey, a cantankerous street urchin, finds herself demigod master of the newly mortal God Apollo stripped of all his godly powers in the form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos who has to endure a series of trials the first of which begins at Camp Half-Blood.

Personally I’m enjoying the change-up.


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