Thursday, November 7, 2013

Strong Females...

Everyone has their idea of what a strong female character is in writing.

It can be Buffy from the series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". It can be Xena, the Warrior Princess. It can even be Princess Leia from "Star Wars".

Of course Princess Leia is like, the toughest Princess I know. Unless you count Princess Vespa from "Space Balls".

But some people feel that Bella from "Twilight" is a strong female character. While I have to beg to differ, like I just said, everyone has their idea of what a strong female character is.

So what would be some guidelines you could follow if you feel like you don't have a strong woman, but want one, as a character?

First of all, start looking for all the Tom Boys in your family and friends circle. Then ask them what makes them tick.

Ha! Kidding. That would take FOR. EVER.

Okay, so here we go with some serious guidelines.

A) Don't let her be afraid to throw a baseball or change a flat tire. But do allow her to break a nail during the tire change.

B) Don't make her primp every five seconds. While this is a good "girl trait", tom boys (a.k.a. strong female characters), like to throw their hair into a ponytail once in a while.

C) Let her yell and scream, threaten other people. But when she's hurt, let her cry.

D) She's still a girl, and people call women "the weaker sex", sometimes. A strong female character can throw a punch, but she's not going to slam a guy to the ground with a single punch.

There is a fine line between being a nice, sweet, frail girl and a strong woman who, quite frankly, resembles a man.

The girl who wears the short skirt with the frilly blouse can still be wearing some kick ass, platform, knee-high leather boots. Find the balance. Find the Yin to the Yang. But most of all, don't try too hard.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My female lead is strong because she can hold her own against my male lead. And with Byron, that's not easy to do.

Arlee Bird said...

I enjoy a tough female who can stand up against the guys, but a smart girl can whup any guy with her brain power. Realism is best.

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Arlee Bird said...

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Special report today of the "Story Sprouts" book launch in L.A.
Lot's of pictures in this one!

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Donna Hosie said...

Anyone wanting inspiration on how to write a strong female character should look to Joss Whedon who has nailed it consistently.

Mel Chesley said...

Joss Whedon rules when it comes to strong female characters! :D

Tammy Theriault said...

when i read this i was thinking of the girl in Ace Ventura. the detective. the bossy lady. but the funny thing is, she was a she-ra for sure, but...turned out being a dude.
this is such a fantastic list of must have's for a real go getter girl!! loved it