My panel assignment for Archon next weekend is “(Media) Are There Any Real SF Chick Flicks?” I’m not a typical “chick”. I was rolling dice and reading LOTR when other girls where polishing their nails. I still can’t style my hair in a perky “up-do”, and I’ll pick a Jerry Bruckheimer blow-em-up over a sappy romance any day.
So, frankly, I’m stuck. The only films I can list are sappy chick flicks with ham-handed SF/F veneers — none of which I paid to see, and probably won’t watch a second time even if I’m trapped in a blizzard with no other entertainment.
I can make a case for some SF films appealing to chicks because of strong female characters, hunky stars, or compelling plot. But “chick flick”? Not a clue. This is a genre where the Amazon “browse by theme” ranges from “After the Apocalypse” to “Technology Run Amok.” So, dear readers, can you help me?
1) What exactly IS a chick flick?
2) What SF films ARE chick flicks?
3) What SF films can you make a case for calling a chick flick, even if it wasn’t intended as such?
4) Am I’m really the only female who actually LIKES Dune?!?