The Novel Approach welcomes author Megan Linden today on her Serve & Protect blog tour. Enjoy Megan’s guest post, and then be sure to leave a comment right here for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.
It’s the Men’s World – But What About Women?
With two main characters identifying as male, M/M romance doesn’t leave a lot of room for women. Those love stories aren’t their love stories. They are not in the spotlight – that’s a given. But what does happen to women in m/m books is still important.
There are many critical voices that comment on treatment of women in media of all kinds: from “putting them in the fridge” (infamous trope of a woman being killed off, abused, or depowered for the sole purpose of affecting another character, usually male), to making them evil just for the sake of explaining or justifying another character’s actions towards them, and beyond. It’s important to question those things as readers or viewers. And it’s good for the creators to question themselves as well.
Questioning is creative. Questioning means not taking the easiest, most obvious route. It doesn’t mean that a female character can never die, get hurt, or be evil. Of course she can. But let’s think about it. Let’s consider how too many female characters are written without any real agenda, without a voice. We can find those kinds of characters in any media. But in a genre where the “most obvious” already got flipped on its head, where the love story was expanded and redefined from the mainstream definition, we know stuff about not taking the road most travelled. So why not question the status quo in other areas as well?
This is a topic very dear to me and it turned out to be especially important in writing my newest book, Serve & Protect. Some choices were easy – for example, Sam was always going to work for a female presidential candidate. But other times, it got trickier. Since Blake’s raising his daughter on his own, there are questions that come out: How did it happen? Who is her mom? Why is she not there? And that was the part when I had to really think about it and work around the obvious answers, if I didn’t want to kill her or make her a bad g… gal.
As a writer, I will do things wrong in the future. And I’m sure I will mess this part up, too, somehow. But I’m going to keep questioning it, just like I reflect on other parts of my stories, because I truly believe questioning makes for better writing.
What about you? What do you think about characterization of female characters, inside and outside of the m/m genre?
GIVEAWAY!: Be sure to leave a comment below by the end of Sunday, June 7th, 2015 to have a chance of winning an e-book copy of Serve & Protect. One lucky winner will be selected at random on Monday, June 8th.
Sam Daniels’ life turns upside down when he meets an amazing guy and gets a job offer he can’t refuse almost at the same time. Working in politics and sustaining any kind of personal life is never easy, but when you’re running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, it may become nearly impossible.
Blake Morin, after spending years as a SEAL, lives a quiet life with his daughter and he’s fine with that. He can’t deny the attraction between him and Sam, but is he ready to enter the world he used to avoid?
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ABOUT MEGAN: Megan Linden is one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since they were a little kid and then didn’t do anything about it for years. Then as a teenager she was introduced to fandom and… well. She fell head first into it and never looked back. At some point she decided to try writing her own characters in her own stories. And that’s where she is today.
Her newest series, D.C. Files, is set in and around the political world of Washington. The first book, Serve & Protect, just came out and it’s available on various retailers.