This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers).
I did have a 1/5 review that made no sense to me. The reader objected to females portrayed as powerful and competent. I do edge toward ‘super’ on these traits with my females, relying on the readers’ willing suspension of disbelief–that real life has shown us many stunning females even if that’s not all of us. Here’s the comment:
Female Role Not Believable
During a time when females were not leading tribes somehow a female comes to the forefront to lead her people to glory. Of course this book was written by a woman… it’s just not believable fiction. If she had been the woman of a young man who was trying to lead the people and it was that journey through her eyes, then that’d be believable. As is, it’s just another rehash of women performing a man’s role. Let’s re-skin something and put a woman in it instead of a man. Next thing you’ll know they’ll be making Top Gun with a gal… ugh.
A lot of the amazing accomplishments of my female characters have less to do with Wonder Woman strength than clever problem-solving. Luckily, I think potential readers will take this comment at face value. Really, if you’re looking for a weak, needy woman, my books will disappoint!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.