Copy-pasted from the Bechdel Test thread:
I can't remember the last time I wrote a story with a single main protagonist instead of an ensemble cast. However, I can't say that gender-flipping my characters would have a huge impact on things. In my comics, if I did this to just one
of the Nerds (main sixteen protagonists - all male for reasons mentioned in that thread), it would probably have the biggest impact. Although the three Smart Guys
would be uninvolved
, most of them have your stereotypical nerd experience with women
, so it's possible that whoever became the female character would pick up a probably Unwanted Harem
. However, I doubt that would get much focus, as I'm not that good at writing romance. Also, if one particular character became female, it would do in the Official Couple
due to Incompatible Orientation
Overall, though, I doubt it would have any real effect on the character's personality, because compared to other things that might influence how I write a character, gender is distinctly
secondary. It's not completely the case, but I believe a lot of modern gender traits are entirely cultural in nature, and as my works rarely feature the modern world as a main setting, I'm inclined to throw them out entirely. For works in sufficiently genderblind societies, like my hard science fiction work, I could literally choose my characters' genders by flipping a coin (or more likely rolling a die - things are a little weird
in the 28th century). I find the idea that rewriting a story with the protagonist the opposite gender would really make things different a little questionable, overall.
I have to say, looking at this thread, I find some of these responses a little... perturbing.
Considering how fans
would view the characters is something else entirely, I'll grant.
edited 3rd May '11 7:10:56 PM by nrjxll