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09:18 pm: Seven more things heroines/female protagonists can do

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 30th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
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What a great rant.

I'm guilty of obsessive amounts of 'interactive fiction.' I love writing, but more, I like writing in tandem with other people. More, I like it in a game setting where I don't know the conclusion, but have the ability to work towards it.

Now, admittedly, some authors know the conclusion, some don't, and some think they do and find it's changed when they get there.

Now where was I?

Oh, yes. Female characters, especially female characters in the fantasy genre.

I play male PCs.

When I started, this was a safety valve. It was much safer online to play a male PC, and it likely still is. Later, I stuck with it because it by then was habit.

However, looking back, I'll admit that what you've written above probably had alot to do with it. Having never seen or read many (at that point) strong, interesting, multidimensional female characters, they were harder for me to imagine or play. Whereas, playing males definitely opened up those possibilities.

Now that right there is a problem.

- Ruggs
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 1st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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I too indulge in online RPGs, and I also began by playing only male characters (I myself am female, and have no gender identity issues) because of the usual paradigm surrounding male versus female characters and male characters having slightly more "body" to them most of the time.

Then, I started playing female characters and I haven't gone back. It isn't as hard as you think to portray a strong, interesting, multidimensional female character. You just have to remember that females are people too. :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 5th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
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It was never a problem of not thinking females aren't--it's the lack of good examples in the story genres, or at least until that point. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who ran into it. :(

- Ruggs
From:[info]elwing_alcyone
Date:December 1st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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However, looking back, I'll admit that what you've written above probably had alot to do with it. Having never seen or read many (at that point) strong, interesting, multidimensional female characters, they were harder for me to imagine or play. Whereas, playing males definitely opened up those possibilities.

That sounds familiar! For a few years when I was a teenager I'd deliberately plot my female characters as male in an attempt to get out of the stereotypical ruts. I've also read a rant by an agent who sometimes wants to tell writers to make sure their story wouldn't be more interesting if they switched everyone's gender, which has always sounded like a good exercise to me. I find when I imagine that, I notice automatic assumptions I hadn't even realised I was making.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 5th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
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I'd love to see more of that.

Somehow, I wonder if some of the use/tendency towards asexual characters doesn't stem from this in part. The desire to make a female character but having less to go on.

Therefore...

This isn't to say all, but I wonder if it's not a percentage of it.

- Ruggs
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