Linda Maye Adams

Portrayal of Women in Fiction

As readers of Unleaded know, I’d like to see women portrayed better in fiction.  There are a lot of books available with women characters, but as Davonne Burns @brohne noted:

@LindaAdamsVA thanks ^^ I think my prob is, I don’t read anything with fem protags, tend to find them rather annoying.

Frankly, I agree.  I’m still cringing from a thriller I read when the female protagonist was being pursued by armed bad guys in a museum.  Male sidekick suggests hiding in the women’s restroom.  With bad guy looking for them, what inspiring thing does she do?  She screeches non-stop at him for being in the bathroom.  That book was was written by a woman.  Read the rest on Unleaded – Fuel for Writers.


  1. I guess it’s time we turned this around!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Patricia!


  2. I’m always interested in tips and discussion on this particular topic. The main character in my WIP is female, and I’d like to do a good job with her.


    • I heard there was a workshop at GeekGirl Con done by a traditionally published male science fiction writer (sorry, I don’t remember the name) on what the guys get wrong. I thought it would be interesting to hear his perspective. Discussion by everyone helps change.


      • Sounds like a great topic for a workshop. I’ll have to look around and see if I can find some articles out there that might help.


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