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Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

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Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

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Author: Kate Elliott
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing, 2016
Series: Writing Women Characters: Book 2

2. Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
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Synopsis

The cold equations of "realism," some claim, suggest there is little scope for women taking an active and interesting role in epic stories set in fantasy worlds based in a pre-modern era. Women's lives in the past were limited, constrained, and passive, they say. To include multiple female characters in dynamic roles is to be in thrall to quotas, anachronisms, Political Correctness, and the sad spectacle and dread hyenas of wish-fulfillment.

Is this true?

Fantasy author Kate Elliott shows that the historical record provides plenty of examples of fully-realized female characters, demonstrating that including women in fantasy stories not only does not trivialize or dull a narrative, it enriches and enlarges the story.

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