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I just realized most of my characters are female.:

Obsidian Proboscidean
Most of the characters in a lot of my original stories are female. But they don't act like the stereotypical, overly-emotional female that everyone hates. They're not in stereotypical women's plots either. In fact, I could probably make them male and the story would be the same (except for a few differences), but I don't really want to do that.

Sometimes I worry that this may put people off (the fact that they're mostly female, that is), considering some of my works are fantasy, and I know that's a male-biased field.

What I'm trying to ask is, are people really going to think of something as a "girly book" just because a lot of the characters are female?
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 2 Bobby G, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:21:20 PM from the Silvery Tay
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Possibly, but fuck those people. No reason why the genre should be dominated by a particular gender.
 3 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:23:05 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I am deeply, deeply disturbed that you feel the need to ask this (I'm also disturbed by some of the other statements made here, but that's a little off-topic).

Quite simply, I don't see how this would put off anyone you'd want as a reader.

 4 Bobby G, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:27:51 PM from the Silvery Tay
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A lot of readers are idiots, and some publishers evidently do care about their readership or we wouldn't see women writers using male/gender neutral noms de plume to appeal to male readers (e.g. J.K. Rowling). It's kind of like white kids who will only listen to Eminem, I guess.

I don't see any reason to put up with or encourage that, though.
 5 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:38:07 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I said anyone you would want as a reader.

 6 Bobby G, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:39:02 PM from the Silvery Tay
vigilantly taxonomish
Oh, I know, I'm just saying, I understand that it's evidently something some authors (or more likely, some publishers) find concerning.
 7 Night, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:44:56 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
What I'm trying to ask is, are people really going to think of something as a "girly book" just because a lot of the characters are female?

I tend to think not, but I'm struggling for an example here.

This in itself worries me.
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 8 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 3:48:48 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I'd question the definition of "girly" here - from what I've seen, books that have a largely female cast are considered to be more appealing to female readers then books that don't, but I haven't seen anything to suggest that they're less appealing to men.

 9 Bobby G, Mon, 12th Mar '12 4:19:45 PM from the Silvery Tay
vigilantly taxonomish
^ I think it depends on the portrayal, but there certainly are books targeted primarily at women readers that I seldom see men reading (e.g. Mills & Boon novels).
 10 Mr AHR, Mon, 12th Mar '12 4:27:17 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Dammit, now I want to make a thread complaining about how most of my characters are male. Bluh. I am annoyingly feminist, yet I can't even make my own books be properly equal.

And by that, I am referring to what I consider "awesome" characters (characters I love), they are almost entirely all male, with no females.
Obsidian Proboscidean
[up] Well, I didn't mean to complain. I just wondered what people would think, considering the male-bias in published writing.
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 12 Mr AHR, Mon, 12th Mar '12 4:32:27 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
I know. I just don't want to snow clone even though I now really want to because of the title of this thread. Not directed towards you, I am posting in a sorta off topic manner.
 13 Morven, Mon, 12th Mar '12 4:39:28 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
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I don't think you should worry about it. I think you're doing the "writer neurosis" thing and fretting about things that don't matter too much. I recognize it because I do it.

Wouldn't hurt to try and include a few more male characters in later things you write, though.
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With any luck, if enough people write good books with majority female characters, the perception that you're jeopardizing yourself by doing so will disappear.

 15 Leradny, Mon, 12th Mar '12 5:56:30 PM from Alameda, CA
Congratulations, OP. You are Tamora Pierce.

 16 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 5:58:48 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up]Except that she tends to write explicitly feminist fantasy, while the gender of the OP's characters is apparently largely irrelevant to the work.

 17 Oh So Into Cats, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:05:33 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I don't really know what kind of women you're writing about, though.

Overly-emotional women? that's not the stereotype anymore in many genres. The stereotype is more someone like Katniss from The Hunger Games now. Which isn't really that great either. However, subtle female characters are often the most entertaining to read about.

Also, if your books only attract female readers, it's not like that's a bad thing. Remember, men don't read.
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 18 Leradny, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:06:04 PM from Alameda, CA
^^But that's the second thing people will think of when they hear "female-dominated cast".

edited 12th Mar '12 6:06:23 PM by Leradny

 19 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:11:13 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I do hope you're joking, cats.

Also: 'second'?

 20 Leradny, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:13:10 PM from Alameda, CA
The first one is whatever media which happens to have a female heroine and which the reader has previously consumed.

Trolling Swordsman
More often than not, the main character of a work is assumed to represent the its target audience. If the main character is a teenaged girl, they market it to teenaged girls.

That isn't the end-all-be-all, though. I just finished reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns. The main character is a sixteen-year-old fat Latina girl with low self esteem. I am a 20-year-old skinny black guy who's accepted his weirdness and revels in it.

 22 Major Tom, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:30:21 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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Personally when it comes to character gender balance, I don't give a damn about the subject. I'm an equal opportunity asshole person when it comes to genders but personally I'd rather see a well-written story even if most/all of the characters are one gender than a balanced, diverse cast but shitty writing.
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 23 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 6:48:29 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I'd say that an unnecessarily mono-male cast is at least mildly poor writing on its own.

 24 Night, Mon, 12th Mar '12 7:12:56 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
That unnecessarily is a bit of a snapper, though. Does it mean "not for a valid story reason" or "because the author wanted it that way"?

I'd argue for the second form personally, simply because if you assign such things at random it's entirely possible to end up with an all-one-gender cast, even if it's unlikely.
"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
 25 nrjxll, Mon, 12th Mar '12 7:22:25 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Not quite sure I follow.

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