Women authors -- particularly those in fantasy -- are limited by the misperception that our novels boil down to stories about romance. It's an old-fashioned line of thinking, but what other agency could our female protagonist have beyond finding her prince and living happily ever after?
In honor of Hanukkah 5775, I have created a list of eight heroines who have come to our attention since last Hanukkah, women who dream of an ideal world, but who face the harsh reality before them and create change.
Talking with Sarah was an absolute treat. Besides discussing her books, we laughed about our love for pop culture, Netflix, and all things paranormal. Seriously, Sarah is the kind of person you could sit and have coffee with and chat for hours.
To celebrate Disney's fun female characters, Canadian animation student Miranda (aka @snarkies) created a collaborative ode to them, inviting nearly 100 artist friends on Twitter and Tumblr to choose one of their favorite ladies and illustrate her.
I adore my agent. He's one of the wisest and nicest men I've ever met in my life and I trust him completely. Still, I was nonplussed. Why shouldn't my book start with the point of view of a woman in her fifties?
Were the writers fearful that fans like myself might view Benson as "weak" if she were sexually violated? Doesn't this go against everything Olivia Benson stands for: changing the way women and men see victims of rape?
Scorsese's complete shut-out of women in the hero category inspires me to come up with a counter-list. My ten heroines, from the popular canon, achieve their objective by hewing to character, by verbal dexterity, and by using their heads.
These days, potential heroines are not those filling the screens. Rather, I find myself drawn to the obituary section to learn about women who quietly crossed barriers or found balance long before doing either was expected.
I wanted, with all my 14-year-old earnestness, to be Mary Magdalene. What I wanted to emulate, as a 14-year-old and now, all these decades later, what I want all women to emulate, is her passion, her bold passion.