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Writing "others" that are undesirable characters.

Postby DrG2 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:55 pm

a writer, particularly if he is an older white male writer, can get in all sorts of trouble if he creates characters of other gender/race/sexual orientations that are portrayed badly. But writers of same "type" get carte blanche.

I'm 34 pages into Sara Pekkanen's "The Opposite of Me" and the MC, written in first person, is so self-absorbed, superficial, and neurotic as to make Bridget Jones seem like the Dalai Lama (and her rival is repeatedly painted as a slut). I've wanted to throw the book against the wall, repeatedly. Granted, I think the MC will get a dose of perspective sometime in the next 300 pages, but the characterization is so demeaning that I would never write something similar about a female character (though, I will write the odd female character that is darnright evil).

And I read the back of the book and see comments that Pekkanen is some new champion of chick lit comedy, written by female blurb-writers.

I don't get it.

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We have different complaints. Now, granted, I've only read chapter one of "The Opposite of Me" but I didn't find the character self-absorbed, superficial, or neurotic. If anything, she seemed pretty humble to me. My complaint was that chapter one bored me to death. Not one thing I cared about happened. Nothing. And those first five or six pages, where story should really be open and in fourth gear, should have been thrown away. This story started way too early. That's a book I'll never finish.

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