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[personal profile] badgerbag posting in [community profile] girlycon
Where are all the science fiction boarding school books? I can think of a few "girl on her own" books with plucky, lone heroes, like Wednesday from that Charlie Stross book or the not-quite-Starfleet anthropology cadet from "Enchantress From the Stars". But where are the boarding school books in space, where girls interact socially with each other, have their own power politics and friendships and set their own ideas of what's important?

Are there any?

If not, we should be writing some.

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Date: 2009-06-17 01:18 am (UTC)
sara: wood cabinet with "Library No. 137" burned on it (library 137)
From: [personal profile] sara
There's that short story by Connie Willis, but that's more anti-boarding school than pro.

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Date: 2009-06-17 01:29 am (UTC)
sara: Once you visit...you won't want to leave the City of Books (books)
From: [personal profile] sara
Yeah, see, I actually went to an all-girls' school, so the idea of valorizing that experience...well. It's just not the sub-genre for me, I expect.

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Date: 2009-06-17 02:31 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
Are you thinking of D.A. or All My Darling Daughters? That description could fit either.

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Date: 2009-06-17 03:12 am (UTC)
sara: Once you visit...you won't want to leave the City of Books (books)
From: [personal profile] sara
I'm most immediately thinking of "All My Darling Daughters."

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Date: 2009-06-17 03:21 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
I wrote fanfic for that story when I was a teenager, so I suppose it qualifies as [community profile] girlycon material... but yeah, not something I would put forward as a model of SF boarding school tales.

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Date: 2009-06-17 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
Though that's a mixed-sex boarding school where the boys get off on inflicting sexual pain, so perhaps the boys are the problem.

God that was a disturbing story.

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Date: 2009-06-17 07:08 pm (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
From: [personal profile] sara
I'm...not convinced that a similar story couldn't be written in a single-sex environment. Although yes, obviously Willis intended it as a story about gender and power.

But then, I find the whole idea of romanticizing single-sex education really distressing, because that really does not match up with my own experience.

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Date: 2009-06-17 01:23 am (UTC)
unusualmusic: a shot of a woman from waist down, dressed in black pants and carrying a white drum (Default)
From: [personal profile] unusualmusic
Someone needs to be getting on that stat, cause i would read that like WOAH!!!

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Date: 2009-06-17 03:00 am (UTC)
rivenwanderer: "Talk comics to me" (comics)
From: [personal profile] rivenwanderer
Gunnerkrigg Court takes place in a boarding school and has a girl-centered cast, and it's about 75% fantasy, 25% sci-fi (I would say) and very good. It's a webcomic rather than a YA book, though.

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Date: 2009-06-17 10:15 am (UTC)
copracat: diana putting a flower behind anne's ear (anne girls of summer)
From: [personal profile] copracat
Thanks for that link. I'm really enjoying it. Annie and Kat are ace.

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Date: 2009-06-17 04:07 am (UTC)
ar: "It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually." - Elliott Smith (naked times chuck)
From: [personal profile] ar
It's not sci-fi, but I'd like to put forth Princess Academy as another possible example in the fantasy genre. It's a really charming little book.

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Date: 2009-06-17 06:40 pm (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
YES! I'd buy it.

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Date: 2009-06-17 09:57 pm (UTC)
gramina: Photo of a stalk of grass; Gramina references the graminae, the grasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] gramina
It's not a *girl's* school, and a number of the novels are set off-site, so to speak, but the Starbridge books (AC Crispin) do have a boarding school...

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