Today I’m over at the Blood-Red Pencil, answering a question sent in for the series, Ask The Editor. Since editors are looking for strong female characters, the person writing in wanted to know what defines such an elusive character.
Clearly today’s female protagonists are not the same as they were fifty or even twenty years ago. As the cliché says, we’ve come a long way, baby. Women in books carry guns, stand up to danger, and can even land a punch, but that’s not necessarily the “strength” editors are looking for. They also look for strength of convictions, strength of beliefs, commitment and a belief in oneself. Women are rarely portrayed as air-head bimbos anymore. They more closely reflect real life of today’s woman.
So, today, I’m over there answering the question. I’ve given some characteristics, along with an example of an exception. I’d like to hear how you define a strong female character and how you think this concept has changed over the years.
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