Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for Women Warriors: A to Z blogging challenge

Women are tough. Even those of us without comic book superpowers have regular superpowers like multitasking, managing crises, organizing families and partner-soothing.
Maybe this is part of why stories about kick-ass women become so popular. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Black Widow from the Avengers series, Lisbeth Salander from the Girl Who series, Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior, etc. There's my childhood favorite: Red Sonja.

The frustrating thing to me has been that, even in stories about amazing women, we still worship at the altar of youth. Think about that list I just made. Not a gray hair or stretch mark among them. Several of them still respond to "girl" without feeling insulted or weird. (And I listed the ones who work mostly dressed…unlike our friend Red here)

That's part of what drew me to writing Going Through the Change. I wanted a superhero story about full grown women with lives, jobs, families and responsibilities.

There's not a lot of them out there. Let's see…Helen Mirren in Red, Judi Dench as M, though neither of them are the "star" of those particular movies. Um, yeah. I'm stuck. Can you think of any? Hmmm…best get to work on those sequels. We need more of these.

This posting is part of the A to Z blogging challenge, in which bloggers undertake to post every day in April, excepting Sundays, which amounts to 26 postings, one for each letter of the alphabet--preferably along a theme. My postings will all be about my debut novel and my experiences writing it and seeing it published.

Blogging A to Z is a great opportunity to connect with some excellent bloggers and interesting people. I encourage you to check out other participating blogs, too!

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  1. I can't think of any others either. Clearly you've got your work cut out for you. :-) We're waiting with baited breath.

  2. Nope. Not a one comes to mind. *sigh* Thank you for writing one! I will definitely order it.

  3. I love Red Sonja - also RED and I can't think of any more other than Helen Mirren and Judy Dench off the top of my head. Maybe Frigga from MCU - she was pretty kick ass.
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