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
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Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and Little Miss series have recently had the same treatment where Little Miss Lucky has her Hen Night, Mr Grumpy tackles fatherhood, Little Miss Shy tries her hand at online dating, Mr Greedy has a go at getting fit, and poor Mr Happy has to go to his office party.
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Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).
Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.
Shining brightly; radiant. / (of a person or their expression) emanating joy or goodness.
Mid 18th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as effulgence): from Latin effulgent- ‘shining brightly’, from the verb effulgere, from ex- ‘out’ + fulgere ‘to shine’.
Or perhaps some of these are placed purposefully to make a customer giggle or blush… Take a look for yourself and let us know what your think.