A new Twitter game has taken the internet by storm!
Many women have noticed how female characters can be so badly written, especially by men. It is almost as if those male writers don’t see women as people, with complex personalities and 3-dimensional lives. The strange and often nonsensical over-description of women’s bodies can be most irritating, and when a male writer has a female character narrating, it often becomes embarrassing for everyone involved.
Writer Gwen C. Katz noticed this happening again and again until one day, when faced with yet another ridiculous passage in a book she had begun reading, she tweeted a snippet from the book.
The discussion that followed prompted her fellow women readers and writers on Twitter to join in a game… Describe yourself as a male writer would.
The passage reads
“I sauntered over, certain he noticed me. I’m hard to miss, I’d like to think—a little tall (but not too tall), a nice set of curves if I do say so myself, pants so impossibly tight that if I had had a credit card in my back pocket you could read the expiration date. The rest of my outfit wasn’t that remarkable, just a few old things I had lying around. You know how it is.”
How anyone can think that that’s how women would narrate their lives is beyond me. Has this author even met a woman before?
Personally I think the phrase ‘if I do say so myself’ should be banned. Permanently. If you can’t write without cliched nonsense then perhaps you shouldn’t bother?
She was forty but could have passed for a year younger with soft lipstick and some gentle mascara. Her dress clung to the curves of her bosom which was cupped by her bra that was under it, but over the breasts that were naked inside her clothes. She had a personality and eyes. https://t.co/o9UJ5QcrQM— Jane Casey (@JaneCaseyAuthor) 1 April 2018
Her body was an hourglass meant for taking his time, but her mohawk concerned him. She had a lesbian look, & too many tattoos, in languages he couldn't pronounce. Still, she'd written a stack of books. It was time for him to weigh in with his high school knowledge of Beowulf. https://t.co/26HNfX7n6Q— Maria DahvanaHeadley (@MARIADAHVANA) 2 April 2018
Some men on Twitter were just scared to write a fellow human for some reason
This concerns me deeply; I want to get into writing--had this story rattling in my head for years--but this makes me feel like I don't dare try writing female characters.— Chuck L. Finley (@TARDIS_Junkie) 2 April 2018
The short film titled The Bookshop will star Burgess in the lead role, as bookshop owner Leonard. In an interview for Gloucestershire Live, Susan Lynch explains the inspiration and story behind the film. Sitting beside Burgess with a bookshelf backdrop, Lynch tells us, “I saw Tim in concert in the Charltons and what struck me about his energy on stage is that he’s like so many different people. So, the inspiration for The Bookshop came from all the different roles that I saw Tim be in the Charlatans and we’ve sort of transferred that idea of fantasy into a very beautiful fable about a guy who works in a bookshop whose got demons from his past and he faces those demons through the other people that come in to the bookshop.”
For readers, this will mean that many books from that year will now be available to download for free on e-readers and they can be more easily be used in schools for educational purposes.
Ok who are we kidding- you love the puerile, pun-tastic, and perfectly poor taste joke as much as the next person. The only difference is that we Reading Addicts occasionally mix a little literary knowledge into their humour, and come up with some jokes only fellow readers will understand.
How many of the following literary jokes do you understand? And can you come up with any more?
According to his daughter, JC Lee, Stan was working on a new character Dirt Man after she asked him if he would write a new superhero without all the “steel” and “clatter” of his previous creations. As an alternative to the shiny and spectacular heroes we are used to she suggested a new hero should get “down and dirty” instead.
JC Lee told TMZ Live: “We have been working on a character called Dirt Man. [He is the] last little angel that we’ve got tucked away.”
For those of us who spend much of our time in the library, a festive display is good fun and the ones we want to show you are just amazing! The staff at the libraries must have had a great time putting these together…