Honestly--I have no problem with kick-ass heroines. Women in general fought long and hard to get away from the kick-assiest woman being of the Lois Lane variety (who was kick-ass for her time, to be fair, but still needed rescuing most of the time) all the way to Xena, Warrior Princess.
But being able to wield a sword and ride into battle wearing full plate armor isn't the ONLY way to be kick-ass. At Hadley Rille Books, we do have a few sword-bearing shield-maiden types. We also have musicians, poets, and magic-weavers who tap into nature for their source. Being surrounded by such women every day, I started to think that the black-leather-clad heroine brandishing a weapon was a cliche that never really existed. Imagine my disappointment to open a magazine this morning to find her staring back at me. Again. How many covers are going to use the same visuals? Is this really the face of women in fantasy? I know there is more out there. I've read it! And loved it. So why do I still see modern-day Xenas everywhere I find books?
And then my daughter goes and writes this: Jezebel--the Powder Room
It seems we at HRB are not the only ones noticing how women--as writers and as readers--are once again either being pigeon-holed, or are pigeon-holing ourselves.
I would love to know your thoughts.
(Thank you all for your cheers for my son yesterday. His cast is off, he's feeling a whole lot better, and is now partial-weight-bearing.)