Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.
Congratulations to four of WWK’s bloggers whose books were released in the last two months. Look for Jim Jackson’s second Seamus McCree novel, Cabin Fever; Linda Rodriguez's new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear; KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime; and Gloria Alden's third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club. All of the novels are available at bookstores in print and ebook.
Paula Gail Benson's short story "Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2
Monday, August 2, 2010
My Favorite Female Characters
I chose five of my favorite female main characters (I have many more favorites.) to analyze, trying to discover what appeals about these characters. I found dissimilarities, which I’ve enumerated above, and yet with all of these varied aspects of their lives and characteristics, I’ve found that they also have a great deal in common.
All are independent women, making or having made their living. None is dependent on males, but all of them like males, even if they are frustrated by them from time to time. All rose to the top of their given fields. All of them have issues due to their upbringing and/or family. All of the characters participate, getting involved in events and with other people in their lives. They could even be characterized as nosey. All are smart, perhaps even superior, and all have challenges.
They have their faults, just as all of us do. The characters are frustrating because they risk their lives regardless of how those risks impact love ones. Sometimes their values or decisions are questionable. They bend or break the law justifying the means to the ends.
Do these characters sound like anyone you know?
Yes, I think most of us write characters that are somewhat like ourselves, yet aren’t us at all. Those characteristics that remind us of ourselves are universal traits, at least in some segments of the population. They are who we’d like to be, resourceful, knowing how to accomplish any given task in five different ways, succeed in everything, juggle their lives, overcome the odds in conventional and unconventional ways, and solve mysteries. To some extent, they are superwomen. Luckily, we know they are fictional characters.
Can you match the traits listed above with the characters listed below?
Were you able to match the characters to their traits? Who are your favorite female series characters?