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Old 12-07-2017, 04:14 PM   #91
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Don't care... I just read the book if it interests me. I don't pick a book based on the sex of the lead character.

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Old 12-07-2017, 06:08 PM   #92
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:07 AM   #93
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I've read quite a lot with female leads of late, but that's mainly because I've been on an Urban Fantasy splurge whose protagonists appear to be either Harry Dresden or women in jeans and a tank top.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #94
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I agree with most of the others here, the most important thing is that a character is well written. There are lots of both men and women among my favourite characters.

Thinking over my favourite authors, I find that most of them are women. I'm also somewhat more willing to take a chance on an unkown author -- buying a book based on just one review or a tempting blurb -- if she's a woman. This is mainly because there are a couple of ways to write women badly that I've seen far more often from men than from women:
  • Where have all the women gone? Ie. almost no female characters. Any character who could be either a man or a woman just happens to be a man.
  • Narrative voice or woman's internal dialogue describes her sexy body, in situations where it's alien and irrelevant. For instance woman walking while thinking about politics, and the author takes the time to describe how her breasts move.
This comes not just from inexperienced and/or blatantly sexist authors -- I've come across this in authors who are otherwise great, and who are outspoken feminists. (Patrick Rothfuss and GRR Martin spring to mind.)

These aren't the only criteria I care about in books, of course. But all other kinds of good and bad writing habits seem to be distributed equally among men and women, at least as far as I've noticed.
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Narrative voice or woman's internal dialogue describes her sexy body, in situations where it's alien and irrelevant. For instance woman walking while thinking about politics, and the author takes the time to describe how her breasts move.
Considering the news lately, maybe the author's just being realistic
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Considering the news lately, maybe the author's just being realistic
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Is that something like the seven stages of grief?
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Narrative voice or woman's internal dialogue describes her sexy body, in situations where it's alien and irrelevant. For instance woman walking while thinking about politics, and the author takes the time to describe how her breasts move.
Over the years, I've intended to read Friday, by Robert Heinlein. But then I also believe the book is full of what you just described. Have never decided to commit to it.
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Is that something like the seven stages of grief?
No. It was the most coherent response I could come up with to your post.
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No. It was the most coherent response I could come up with to your post.
Right on. I just read politics and an author having inappropriate thoughts about their female character and it all clicked.
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