Hello all! How’s things?
I’ve started listening to The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas and so far so good. It’s hard to imagine the lengths Old Timey rich dudes will go over flowers. They are flowers! No need to plot terrible revenges over tulips.
I’ve been a moody reader again this week. I don’t really know what I want to read and everything is making me grumpy. I have an ARC by a local writer and I feel bad because I am just not in the mood for it.
I have been thinking about female characters after listening to the Smart Bitches podcast. Sarah discussed the “strong female protagonist” trope with author Jaye Wells. It’s very interesting and good points were made. When does a strong female character become a stereotype?
Women characters in general are something I’ve been pondering. Recently, I had been reading a book that I ended up dnfing due to the treatment of one of the few women characters. This woman, when first introduced, has been abused by her boyfriend and is continuing to live with him. She is obviously going to become an object (I use that literally) of interest for the main male protagonist. A damsel worthy of saving. I am so tired of this trope.
I skimmed through the end and not much changed in that area. Plot over characterization was a priority in the novel, so none of the characters are particularly interesting. I’m not familiar with the author’s prior work, but this was a deal breaker for me. Abuse as backstory is not going to keep me reading. Don’t make it her defining quality. I can put up with unlikeable female characters, silly ones, overtly sexual ones, murderous ones, and much more. I’m drawing the line here. Give me more than this to make me care about your character. It’s a shortcut if you want to spend less time on characterization, as most tropes are, but as a woman I am so damned tired of it. Could we find something else, please?
Obviously, I’m still going to complain about all the other tropes, but I’m like Liz Lemon from now on when I read this one…