Woody Allen Jesus by Tim Minchin
hythrain asked: The other day I saw your tweets about how a lot of the female empowerment message is mediated through guys. I agree with this completely, but I'm also concerned. Why? Well, I'm a guy myself and I want to be a writer. For years I've been improving on my writing of female characters and trying to make empowered female characters and spread that message. What are things I should avoid to make the message come out more properly and not filtered?
I often get this nagging feeling that because I am talking about women and female characters and female creators so much, people might think I automatically have something against male creators.
I don’t. Every new writer is a blank slate to me, everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone is capable of doing good work until they show otherwise.
The gender someone calls themselves doesn’t bestow any magic powers or insight or ability. Some of the best writers of female characters identify as male and some of the worst do not. I would rather read a Greg Rucka female than a female by a merely average female author.
The fact that this is a concern to you is a good sign. Hopefully, it’s not JUST women characters that you want to represent well, because there are lots of other groups that have historically been marginalized and stereotyped as well.
It’s just that historically, a lot of the tropes of female characters have been repeated so endlessly that it is painful to the female reader.
Some things I hope people watch out for…
1) The Perfect Everything. Often, we see guys write female characters as without flaws. This isn’t really what we want…look at the books that have huge female audiences. We do not tend to embrace the perfect woman who never makes a mistake. You can make your females have flaws, just be honest about it and avoid making them similar to stereotypes of the past.
2) The Character With No Steering Wheel. Even more often, we see women who have no agency and no direction or motive of their own. These characters are solely dependent on following a man. I am not saying never write this person, but keep in mind if that is a character YOU would enjoy reading about.
3) The Mystery Of Woman is Bullshit. I hate this trope, the woman who is supposed to represent what mysterious, sexy, tantalizing but unknowable creatures women are. It’s a staple of noir fiction, and it always sucks. Women aren’t treasure maps.
There’s a lot more but that may help a bit. Good luck!
WOMEN AREN’T TREASURE MAPS
Penny Dreadful: Introduction to Timothy Dalton’s Sir Malcolm Murray
Hm, he’s apparently an explorer who is obsessively looking for his missing daughter. And considering this is a show based on Victorian horror and science fiction novels, and the presence of Dorian Gray shows that characters from those novels will be apparently as themselves, does this imply that Malcolm’s daughter may be a certain character that is heavily attached to vampire fiction, I wonder…
Honest Trailers are for the most part pretty funny, could do without the random sexism though.