When you hear the overused phrase “strong female character,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Maybe it’s Hermione Granger. Shy. Studious. Brave.
Maybe it’s Katniss Everdeen. Badass with a bow. Self-sacrificing.
Maybe it’s Elizabeth Bennet. As independent as an unmarried woman of the time could be. Strong-willed. Sharp-minded.
So who or what was it that you first thought about? Now, answer this: was your first thought someone/something that fits the stereotypes of a strong female character? Type that phrase into any search engine and just watch the endless results load.
On November 20, 2015, K.M. Weiland wrote an entry on her website, Busting 6 Strong Female Character Stereotypes (What I Learned Writing Storming), that goes over 6 common stereotypes that writers let their characters fall into when creating their person. Listed below are the 6 stereotypes she discusses in far greater detail.
- Strong Does Not Equal Violent
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