I'm in the process of writing a children's novel. Of course, I want a strong female protagonist with whom the kids will want to identify, but... the story is based on legends from the 8th century - not the most liberated time for women in most parts of the world. Naturally, I'm fictionalizing the world a bit to get around the 'she couldn't have done that!' moments - but I'm feeling conflicted about how to balance creating a world that feels real, and creating a character with whom modern children can easily identify. Oh, and the story spans three continents, so she's going to have to be kick-ass in several different cultures. I need advice - do I point out the challenges that faced women at the time? I don't want the character to be cool 'even though' she's a girl - I just want her to be an interesting character who is female. Dose anyone have any recommendations of children's books that do this well? Anyone care to recommend some favorite childhood characters from books or films? Can anyone recommend some children's fiction that did a good job of presenting diverse cultures to readers without falling into the trap of reveling in the 'exotic'?Seriously... there have to be some good female characters that inspired us as kids... Who did you love growing up? What characters made you think, 'yeah - people like me do fascinating things'?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Good Feminist Characters?
Well, I've asked Feminocracy readers, and no one seems to have any ideas yet - so I'm bringing my questions to you: