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Blake Nails It

02.23.11
by Daniel Abraham

Blake Charlton has written what is to my mind the best analysis ever of an author struggling with strong women characters.

In summary, yeah, like that.

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  1. Thanks for the link. Personally I prefer the line from “As Good as It Gets”:

    Receptionist: How do you write women so well?
    Melvin Udall: I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.

    All kidding aside, characters need to be believable. And women are complex. So, I would prefer to read about women with strong character, rather than strong woman characters. (not that the 2 are mutually exclusive)

    • Keep in mind that Melvin was an utter tool, right? 🙂

      What I really liked about Blake’s insight was that it focused on depth of character rather than capacity for violence. The more I look at it, the more I think “strength” is a dangerously imprecise term.

  2. With extraordinary women littering thousands of years of human history, finding examples shouldn’t be difficult.

    I still hate that this even still a question/problem.

    • Oh, I completely agree…but fiction is by far not the worst example. Look at sports. Who watches the WNBA? Or other women’s sports leagues?

      No, we watch men dominated sporting events, and what role do the women play. They are the cheerleaders. The pretty face supporting the men.

      We are entertained by the violence of men, and the sexuality of women. (and putting either gender in the other role is not looked upon favorably.)

      …just a generalization…

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