This weeks topic is ‘bloghopping’, and honestly I don’t really know what to say about this topic. Since I missed last weeks topic, I’m going with that one; ‘How do you feel about “Strong female characters”’
I thought this was a fun topic! Especially since almost always when I’m reading a book at home my dad asks “Oh is that one with a strong female main character”, and honestly 90% of the time the answer is yes haha! I mean it is true that most YA fantasies have a bad ass female main character, can’t do anything about that.. and it definitely is my most read genre! But I’m getting more into adult fantasy, which have more male main characters! And I’m also branching out to other genres, that also have a broader cast of characters!
I feel like in YA fantasies most strong female characters are characters that stand up for themselves, protect others, know how to fight, know how to do many things, take leadership etc. But I don’t think a character needs all of this to be considered strong! Although some books do it very well! I think a female character can eb considered strong whenever they don’t let themselves be bossed around! Or are at least trying to be the best they can and not just sitting around. We do see sometimes in fantasy that female characters are just sitting around doing nothing, those I don’t like. I do like it if they do their best, even if it goes wrong, they tried, I like that!
But also I do like badass female characters that can best the male characters!
(I know I’m mainly focussing on fantasies right now, it is just what I mostly read!)
And you know what, we always talk about strong female characters, as if they are the only ones who can be considered strong or weak. Never in a book description do I see anything about strong male characters, they can be strong or weak too! I think most of the time it is assumed that the male character is strong. And in most books it is the case that the female characters becomes ‘stronger’ throughout the book, learns how to fight and stand up for herself. While male characters are often already capable of this, but they for example have to learn how to trust or love or something! Of course there are exceptions!
Idk where I wanted to go with this, I just feel weird that it is pointed out when a female character is strong, but we never mention anything about strong/weak male characters!
One of the example questions was ‘Do you feel like the term is misused sometimes’, maybe not misused, more like overused? I feel like a lot of YA fantasies are being described as having a strong female character, but if all the books have it, it is not really that special anymore..
Some of my favourite strong female characters:
- Celaena Sardothien and Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series
- Vin from the Mistborn trilogy
- Rin from the Poppy War
- Emoni Santiago from With the fire on High (a strong female character from a non-fantasy!)
- Veronyka from Crown of feathers
A character that I expected to be strong, but was thoroughly disappointed by.. was Alessandra from The shadows between us! It was the main reason why I did not like the book! My review for that one is coming soon!