But what about Ripley? I know, there are examples here and there of female characters who take up that ring or big damn gun or quest and run with it into their own proverbial sunset (or don’t). But they’re still far from the norm in fiction. And, more importantly, there are certain types of characters who are practically never written as women. Captain Jack Sparrow. Ford Prefect. Loki. Jonathan Strange. Gandalf. In fact, that’s a whole other dilemma, but one that still demands investigation.
This got me thinking, especially after I read a response to this article that basically said, “Well, what about urban fantasy?” Great! It’s awesome to have strong female characters in two genres I don’t read much of.
But this quote in particular gave me ideas. Grand ideas. About the type of character that’s never written as a woman. Ooooo, the ideas I have now…