This post resonates with me. I’ve read recent books by famous authors such as Harlan Coben and John Grisham. They fall into these traps with their female heroines. They could learn a thing or two from Hugh Howey.
Rey from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Image courtesy Wikipedia.com)
These days there seems to be a trend in fiction and in film to write strong female characters, characters that are strong on their own without the need for a romantic interest. We can find examples of these most recently in Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
However, as the trend continues (as has happened with the superhero genre, the vampire romance and the dystopian future story) it can become cliche and boring, something that is rehashed over and over again until we no longer see the poignance of it all.
Female heroines, strong female heroines, are extremely important and interesting right now. I found them to be so interesting in the aforementioned films that I realized that my first novel in the Five Rims series, The Terminarch Plot, has a strong female character…
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