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Re: Greatest fantasy Companion of all time
A cat that can turn into one of the most evil, darkest spirits there is...

Isn't that the definition of a regular cat?

January 10, 2011, 05:50:38 AM
Re: If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women Author Amie Kaufman has said that when she's in the final stages of revising a novel, she genderflips all the supporting characters and reads through for glaring ridiculousnesses. (She's also noted that where things seem glaringly wrong when flipped, she leaves the character flipped in the final version.) I really like this approach, actually. It gives you a chance to see where you're relying on lazy assumptions and cliche, and to consider whether you should work harder.
June 26, 2016, 12:04:04 AM
Re: If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women
I didn't find anything particularly egregious though. Just describing the body more; that's supposed to make me uncomfortable when it's switched and it's being done on a man, but it just doesn't - not with me anyway.

Deja vu - it's about the way the body is described. Just pulling from the first example in the first link: "pleasantly plump to deliciously slender" packages the described bodies for the viewer's pleasure - their worth is linked to how palateable they are. Nearly everything about their description is physical - in contrast, nearly everything about the description of the once-male character is non-physical. This makes the secretaries non-physical attributes secondary to the physical in the measure of their worth. They're beautiful, and also secretaries. (Henshaw is a variety of character attributes, and also grey-haired.)

Note: the point is not that it makes you uncomfortable. It's that you never see passages like that with those genders.

How do you define "respect?" Being stereotypically hyper masculine?

Nope. I mean delivered as a well-rounded character comprised of personality, goals, flaws and strengths as well as just physicality.
Are you trying to say that these female characters aren't worthy of their male counterparts? Do you believe that a woman has to make herself worthy of male attention? Or that she should?

Nope. I'm saying that in a romance storyline, a reader needs to believe that the two characters have a genuine connection, that there's a meeting of minds and souls. If there's nothing on the page but physical description for one of the characters, you can tell me they're desperately in love all you like, but I've got no reason to believe it. Each party needs to display on the page that they seek, reciprocate and deserve the other's love for a romance line to truly work for me. (This is often easier in romance novels, which are usually told from alternating points of view - his and hers. You get to see both sides from inside. Urban fantasy is often more restricted to the female protag's POV, which gives us a lot of insight into her journey, but puts more pressure on the romantic interest's words and actions to "show" that connection.)

(Gender-flipping) allows examination of the underlying attitudes of the writer. And how one really thinks when it comes to gender. Why bother correcting text for lazy assumptions and cliche when one can go to the source and deconstruct the thinking of the being which writes the text to begin with?   

Does one believe the character if gender swapped? If not why not?

I don't follow your point here. Isn't that what has been suggested?

June 29, 2016, 05:51:04 AM
Re: Hello ... again You have my condolences with you being in Birmingham. Come over to the black country ;-)
July 11, 2016, 12:02:50 PM
Re: Hello ... again Hi Anna welcome back, even though you are merely using us and will cast us aside without a care when your book is published and we've all bought a copy. Shameless hussy. You sound as though you will fit in here just fine, do around and join in our chat. ;D
July 11, 2016, 02:58:11 PM
Re: Fantasy in the Court Meeeee! I'm on the list now and everything.

Fantasy in the Court is one of my favourite events, mainly because it requires me to do very little other than turn up, have a chat, and drink wine. Very casual, very friendly.

Will be great to meet you, Anna!

July 28, 2016, 01:32:22 PM
Re: Fantasy in the Court
Awesome Jen, can't wait to meet you! I may have a bookywook for you to put your name to, too!

I went to DHH's summer party at Goldsboro last month and they do a very nice line in pink fizz - hoping for more of the same!

Anna  ;D

Oh brilliant! And I am quite partial to pink fizz myself :D

July 29, 2016, 01:38:39 PM
Re: Fantasy in the Court
So, Fantasy in the Court was awesome!

I met lots of lovely authors, including Jen Williams - hi, Jen! - Edward Cox, Tom Pollock (for about 30 seconds), Adrian Selby, Liz de Jager and Mark de Jager (who I already know). I missed Tom Lloyd, which was a shame and would have loved to chat longer with Tom Pollock, but I plan on cornering them next time.  :D

I learned lots, including that I need an elevator pitch for my novel prior to it coming out, that I can claim back travel expenses and tickets for conventions if I put it down as 'networking' (genius) and that I need to amend my Twitter name from my married name to my author name to avoid confusion.

I also got a picture of a dragon drawn in The Copper Promise and a picture of a skull drawn in Infernal - one happy fan.

It was lovely to meet you! And again, apologies for asking the worst of all questions: 'so what is your book about?' ;)

August 12, 2016, 01:40:30 PM
Re: Fantasycon 2016, 23-25th September Everything going to plan, I should be having a book launch at this con on the Saturday. Not a novel, but an anthology that I co-edited and have a small but fierce story in :) Exciting times!
August 12, 2016, 02:41:39 PM
Re: Fantasy in the Court Actually, I recently read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder - it's a great book for all sorts of reasons, but particularly excellent for helping to figure out an elevator pitch :)
August 12, 2016, 03:03:22 PM