Replying to my point that I have many more women readers than men, a man commenter noted a few weeks ago that he believed that probably wasn’t due primarily to the women characters in my books. He suggested it was perhaps explained in part by women liking my fictional men. I had not really considered that possibility before.
It led me to recall a woman reader early on writing me that she loved “Mark” in Passports. Unfortunately, “Mark” isn’t based on just one man. (Sorry.) I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our “Anglo-Saxon” literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or “exotic”), and she had zeroed in on a man.🤔
As a man, who is my “favorite” fictional male character in literature?
I won’t lie. I can’t immediately pinpoint only one. However, I will say it’s not “Mr. Darcy.” As a man reading him, I find him too “brooding” and “difficult”; but that was clearly how Jane Austen also meant to write him. And obviously gazillions of women adore him.
Okay, crunch time. If you are a man, who is your “favorite” fictional woman in literature? Think about it.
Mine is probably “Cora Munro” from The Last of the Mohicans.
Before you answer, three important caveats which I had also applied to my “rules” for thinking above on a “favorite” man character – why, for example, “Rick Blaine” in Casablanca cannot be your answer, but, say, “James Bond” or “Rhett Butler” could be:
1) “She” has to have begun “life” as a literary character in a novel or a short story. One written for a film or a TV show disqualifies the character from consideration. For if the first place “she” is “seen” is not in a book but in a film or on TV, the woman portraying “her” on screen is immediately synonymous in your mind with that fictional character.
2) If you are a writer, it cannot be one of your own characters!
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We watched it for the first time last night.🖥🎥 It was much better than most of the superhero films I’ve seen lately.🤔 . That said, and please don’t throw anything at me, but I must also confess – that Lasso of Truth maybe; I can’t resist😉- that at one point I did find myself thinking, “Captain Kirk has been taken captive on a superwomen’s planet! He’s got them all right where he wants them!”😂😊 . #weekend #WonderWoman #StarTrek #films #movies #DVD #humor #humour #fun #writers #writing #writersofinstagram #authors #authorsofinstagram #Hertfordshire #England #fiction #romance #books #novels #photo #photography #socialmedia #expats #expatlife
3) Super-heroines and similar
comic book graphic novel, video game, and sci-fi fantasies DEFINITELY don’t count either. So, no, “Wonder Woman” is NOT a valid choice. Why? Because in this case “she” has to be a “real woman.” For goodness sakes, stop being “fourteen” years old for a minute and grow up.😂
And have a good day, wherever you are in our real world. 🙂