The first installment of the Anita Sarkeesian YouTube series on gender representations, myths, and messages in popular culture media.
While we’re talking about strong female characters because of how underrepresented they are in fiction, just remember that dwelling on a stock character’s “femaleness” as groundbreaking isn’t the answer. She’s still a flat character, who just happens to be a girl.
Greetings once again. Today, I wanted to expand on something I’ve discussed earlier- writing good female characters. Since my first blog on this subject, I have mused further on some of the more popular ‘female-led’ films, and examples I’ve seen from reviews on different films. One thing has jumped out at me each time and that is what I wanted to talk about today- the cliché of the female lead.
Last time, I discussed how writers struggle to write a female character out of fear of making a ‘Mary-Sue’ (a perfect and unrelatable character). However, there is another problem for writers emerging. The old saying is that there are only about ten actual stories and we have simply been writing variations on them for centuries. And granted, readers can often predict a story’s arc within the first five minutes. But this is truly nothing new, and has been used in…
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An interesting article about the difference between “strong” female characters and “strong female” characters. I love female characters who are physically strong as well as being strong characters but remember, just because a female character is physically strong doesn’t automatically make her an empowered or well-written character.