I've honestly only ever written a story from a male perspective once. And it failed. Epically. lol I just find it hard to try and sound like it's a man/boy while trying to avoid being too stereotypical. It's really rather difficult...
Maybe. I tend to do that with things. hehe But it also had to do with the fact the entire story was really difficult. It was an assignment for my creative writing class where we had to use a main character that was the total opposite of our typical ones. So the whole thing was kind of an epic failure...
It was. >.< She also had us do it as a first chapter, climax chapter, and end chapter of a novel instead of just writing a story. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done as far as writing is concerned...lol
I'm female and I always have a hard time writing female characters. I think it's because 90% of my friends are male and always have been, and I seem to understand men better than most women. Also, most of my characters are in heavy metal bands, which has always been a male-dominated thing
But then people tell me my stories are sexist because there aren't any "strong female leads" and the gender ratio isn't equal. It bugs me.
Definitely. (I actually had a kind of opposite of that in my story where I was like, is it realistic to have so many girls in my bands? But then I was like, it's in the future so I can do whatever I want. )
I find it a bit annoying when there are stories/movies set in the past and they stick in some ass-kicking, feministing, action girl just for girl-power points, even if it's not realistic.
It totally depends on when the story takes place, but yeah, generally girls are a minority in rock and metal music, but would probably still be okay. If it's the future though, go crazy!
I always have to ask myself a similar question, is it realistic to have three gay/bisexual guys in one band? The answer is probably no, but....oh well
Yeah, me too! It makes absolutely no sense. The same person who told me my story was sexist suggested I have the band's manager be female, and be strong and determined even with all the sexist bullshit she would get from the music industry and the band itself. While that could be an interesting story, it's not MY story. I would have to literally rewrite the entire thing, just to make it "not sexist" anymore
I usually write more from the male point of view rather than the female. I grew up in a household of men, so I understand them as well as I do my own gender. I'm also lucky to have men in my life who'll let me know if a male character sounds a little too girly.
Huh. I'm female and I actually find it easier to write in a male perspective. Perhaps it's to do with psychology and mentally associating yourself as male or female (i.e. physically you are female but you think yourself as male). I don't know, it's just easier. I think men are easier to understand than woman. Sorry if I offend anyone here, but that's just how I see it. I know people will disagree, but...yeah.
In my opinion, it is somewhat difficult to write in a female Point of View, as I find it easier to write from a male Point of View. However, I might be starting to write some stories in First Person format, and I wish to try to write some scenes in a female Point of View, such as from Amy Rose's perspective on how she feels when Sonic runs away, or she gets a chili dog. I'll start small, mostly.
I've always found a man easier to write from. Maybe it's because I'm a man so I guess I'm comfortable with that .
My current project, while an FF, true, is a journal that spans five years and serves as a background to all the other books in the series. In all that time, I am writing from a female perspective because I consider this woman a very important character. The story always seemed to focus more on the male character's perspective, so I wanted to mix it up somewhat. Only done one year though, and I find it odd slipping into a female perspective, even though she experiences the same battles, fights, and difficulties the male does.
I think this is definitely a product of the media. Women are always portrayed as needing a man, and nothing else will do. So when a female character is written with any other motivation, she's either a shell like Lara Croft, or seen as a complete Mary Sue, which is an incredibly sexist concept.
If you've a character that was tragically orphaned at a young age, has a genius-level intellect, enough money to buy half the city, and is beloved by all, people will hate her.
Until they realise that I've just described Batman.
A friend of mine posted an Avengers fanfic and got all sorts of guff for having one of the non-hero women react to being mugged by pepper spraying the guy in the face. The reasoning was that she wasn't trained as a hero, so she shouldn't have reacted like that. She should have had a fit of crying and screeching or something, because no-one trained her in how to handle these situations.
But... why can't she react like that? Oh, right. Because she's a woman, and that is not feminine behaviour.
I think people tend to be generally more critical of female characters. I reckon if your friend had gone the other way and made her scream and cry, people would complain that she was a 'weak damsel in distress.' It's really quite annoying because generally, people don't seem to have beef with a male character whether he is macho or sensitive.
When writing in first person, it feels like I am having a very intense relationship with my character. I know all his thoughts and feelings, he can't hide from me ... sometimes he doesn't act like a typical male, but there is a reason for that (profession, personality, past events and so on).
I've seen that, but usually done intentionally. Not that that makes it make sense.
As for me, I know I can't really write long term feminine characters; (who act in ways I'd consider reasonable) so I strike a compromise. Side character females will act female enough that people go "oh yeah." and MAIN characters will have pasts that explain away why most of their actions are a certain way. And the ways override most things that are gender specific.
However, there'll be enough that you can obviously tell what they are. I.E. females look at people's face more when they talk to them, etc.
However, my story is crazy, and sex characteristics are far from the main concern. There's even some sexless characters who appear to be human who I have no clue what sex they're going to appear more as .
Yes. They're half surreal comedic relief in an otherwise forlorn and depressing story. They get introduced without it explicitly stating that they're sexless (it just says that their sex couldn't be determined right then, but never mentions it again ) or that anything much is wrong with them other than that they talk slightly odd.(And that they have upbeat happy attitudes in a world where literally everyone is outrageously depressed) Then, they devolve to preposterous-ness, and surrealism, and eventually disappear altogether, leaving the main character thinking they were only hallucinations.
Lending to that assumption will be the fact that past then in his incoherent "doesn't quite have both feet on the ground" episodes he'll see things like random pieces of them or their face sticking out of random buildings, attached to things, or talking to him or to the world in general in mad gibberish.
It gets complicated defining male or female for me, and thus for defining opposite gender. I consider myself male, but biologically, I am female. Am I writing opposite gender when I write female characters, or when I write male characters?
If we base it on ease of understanding or portrayal, I think it highly likely that when I write a female POV, I'm writing the opposite gender.
Predominantly, I write male characters. My typical male character would be considered a sensitive male by American cultural standards. Often, when I write a female perspective, it is a strong female who challenges conventional gender identity, and would be considered very masculine in outlook (a similar character from popular media would be Starbuck in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica).
Personally, I find it very challenging to write a 'girly' or typical female. I simply do not understand them. I can't get inside their head, and I genuinely struggle to empathize with real women who closely match the stereotype.
One writer who I feel doesn't understand females very well (though I'm not sure how much space I have to criticize, since I don't have a great understanding of women myself) is George R. R. Martin. To the best of my knowledge, women think of their breasts in a non-competitive sexual context about as often as a person of average intellect thinks about calculus, which is to say, not often at all. Viewpoints showing this kind of thought process smack of male fulfillment, rather than characterization. It's an excuse to ramble on about breasts to keep a typically sex-deprived male audience happy.
Yeah, I think it's easier to write what you understand/can identify with. Once for a challenge I thought it would be interesting to write a short story about a girl who was the most popular in school, but then I didn't really know what those kind of girls did, or what they talked about (beyond TV sterotypes of course) so that didn't really go anywhere.
I haven't read Game of Thrones, but I have heard about the boob thing in reviews I've read. Girls don't really think about them any more than a male character would think "I pulled my shirt over my delightful abs."
I don't know how I'd even start a 'most popular girl in high school' viewpoint. The best I've got is: "Like, OMG, my XBFF was like totally dissing my outfit today! It was like... the worst day ever! But I don't care, cuz like, as if her thoughts are worth NEthing! She is so totally worthless bcuz her fashion sense is like, so out of date!"
Now I'm going to go remove that diseased part of my brain with a rusty spoon. I don't want to contaminate a perfectly good spoon with that.