What’s a Strong Female Character?

Bookish Girl in a Boring World

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.

  1. Strong Does Not Equal Violent

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