About Science Fiction Viewers
- Hello Folks:
A rather fun and interesting item.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Mikey <singjai108@...>
> Date: Sun Oct 30, 2005 1:15:23 PM US/Pacific
> Adventures of Buffy and Lara see female sci-fi viewers outnumber males
> By Elizabeth Day
> (Filed: 29/10/2005)
> Female science fiction fans now outnumber men for the first time.
> The digital television channel Sci Fi UK has seen a 10 per cent rise
> in the
> number of female viewers over the past eight years and 1.4 million
> women now
> tune in - 51 per cent of the audience. The channel, which is
> celebrating its
> 10th anniversary, links the rise in "girl geeks" to the proliferation
> heroines such as Buffy, Lara Croft and Xena.
> Adam Rober! ts, a science-fiction author and a professor in English at
> Holloway, London University, said fantasy television programmes and
> films were
> becoming more character-led. "Programmes are moving away from the
> emphasis on
> machines and zombies in the 1960s," he said. "More women are tuning in
> to see
> the relationships develop between wittily-written, complex central
> they can identify with. A film like The Matrix attracted female
> viewers partly
> because it was about complicated concepts of life and death. It also
> Keanu Reeves running around in leather, which helped."
> Ann McMeekin, a 29-year-old web accessibility officer from north
> said: "People have an impression of sci-fi fans being small men who
> sit in the
> dark watching Star Trek but it's not like that now.
> "There has been an increase in positive female role models, whereas in
> Trek, all the women were either aliens or wore short skirts. I have
> watching sci-fi since I was two or three and the shows are better
> written and more
> mainstream." The new wave of shows has also encouraged scholarship.
> Buffy the
> Vampire Slayer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, has inspired several
> books and
> essays, and an online journal, Slayage, dedicated to critical studies
> of the