Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Wishlist for Female Characters

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist…things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!” I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this week’s topic. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but then realized that I have many wants when it comes to female characters.

1. More Fantasies Featuring More Than One Relevant Female Character – Can we please have more than one strong, capable female character in our fantasy novels? I’ve become less tolerant of reading fantasy novels where the protagonist is surrounded by male characters and she is just oh-so strong and special. Authors, I need you to spend more time developing multiple female characters. If you can juggle multiple male characters, you can juggle multiple female.

2. Female Characters Who Are Strong In Different Ways – One of my favorite things about Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski is that she doesn’t wield a weapon, but instead uses her intelligence to outwit her enemies. I’d like to see more female characters be strong in different ways that don’t necessarily involve swords.

3. Unlikable Female Characters – If I’m honest, I definitely prefer that I like the characters I’m reading about, but I think there’s something to be said about having unlikable female characters in a novel, especially the protagonist. Sometimes it’s necessarily to be unlikable.

4. Female Characters That Build Each Other Up – I’m really tired of the girl hate trope. I want to read more books where the female characters are there for each other, where they can rely on one another, and where they aren’t pitted against each other, especially if it’s over a guy.

5. Sisters – I’ve always wanted a sister growing up and I never got one, but I live vicariously through books. Give me all the books about sisters, please.

6. Delicate Female Characters – Strong female characters are awesome. I love when a character can really take control and get things done; however, better than the strong female character is the complex one. A female character does not have to be strong in order for her to be well-rounded. I’d like to read more books where the female characters are allowed to make mistakes and be weak.

7. Hard Female Characters – It isn’t often that I come across female characters who get to play the brooding, hard to crack kind. I think I need more of these in my life.

8. Morally Grey Female Characters – I love morally grey characters and if we can get more antihero female characters or complex female villains with interesting back stories, the more the merrier.

9. Mothers – I can’t be the only one to notice that mothers seem to be extra expendable in stories. Take a look at all the Disney princess movies and how often mothers are not in the picture. I’d love to see more books where the protagonist’s relationship with their mother is important.

10. Books Populated By Women – I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve picked up a book and it ended up leaving me wondering where all the women in these worlds were. Men seem to abound, but the women seem to be missing in action. I’d love to see novels where women are the ones with all the prominent roles.

Would you like to see any of these things as well? What would be on your wishlist for female characters? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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