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Re: Women Write Fantasy (The Giant 'Women in Fantasy' Database) This thread is amazing. So inspiring because I haven't seen any trolls or negative responses.
As a reader, I don't care what gender the author is. The most important thing is the story. I do tend to cringe when female characters are presented solely as objects of male desire, instead of as friends, or a relationship which is built on respect. (Same goes for the reverse btw)
As a writer, I work within the epic, high fantasy genre. I didn't really have a goal setting out, e.g 'I want to create this strong female character.' I just tried to write the most authentic person I could, and hoped that people respond to that.
Although when I got feedback, I was surprised when people pointed out the fact the female friendships weren't centered on men, like this was rare. Always seemed obvious to me – the fantasy genre isn't the romance genre. Guess we still have a way to go. I'll be glad when we just accept that female characters need to be as complex and well-developed as men. And like others in this thread, I think there are some great fantasy authors already doing that.
On a side note: I loved the fact the NY Times said that women wouldn't like GOT. A great snapshot into how dense people can be on gender roles.
Anyway sorry for the long post. Just so glad this is even a discussion. Makes me love this forum even more :-)

April 02, 2016, 11:31:24 PM