Sunday, September 2, 2018

Why we need more strong female characters πŸ’ͺ🏼

I guess it should be a given that we need strong, female characters in our books and television shows, however, I'm not always seeing it.

It's disappointing that in 2018 I've seen a few cringe-worthy examples. I recently caught part of a soap opera where a woman talked about how she 'found happiness' with a new man in her life, which clearly suggested that she couldn't be or wasn't happy before he appeared. In the same show, a woman was playing the whole eye-lash-batting, I-don't-like-you-but-I-do game that caused me to roll my eyes.

That was a fail. Women don't need to play games or feel less valuable when they're single and TV shows that perpetuate this scenario need to refresh their storylines and remember it's 2018.

Not to suggest that my female characters are always strong. They have their weak moments just as we all have but for the most part, I like to think that they are powerful, independent and self-reliant. Paige NoΓ«l-Hernandez and Jolene Silva from my most recent books are excellent examples. Physically and mentally, these women are able to take on any situation fearlessly; no hand holding or white knight required.

One of the things that I think is important to mention is that I'm not just talking about adults when I insist on strong female characters. My most recent books have a young girl named Maria Hernandez (the daughter of protagonist Jorge Hernandez) who also demonstrates a great deal of strength. I think we sometimes forget that young girls are learning how to be young women in our society and it is important that they also aren't taught to take a weak position in order to get attention or be accepted. Maria tends to really stand her ground and although she can get a little out of hand sometimes, for the most part, she demonstrates a strong, confident child who's an independent thinker and fearless by nature. She smart, articulate and bold.

Needless to say, I don't tend to write about the 'damsels in distress' and I'm certainly not writing a fairy tale scenario where the prince swoops up on his white horse...I will leave that book for someone else. πŸ˜’

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