Describing your favourite female character from fiction… It sounds simple, right? But how many times have you seen the word ‘strong’ attached to those very same characters, or have them compared to others like it’s a competition?
Being recognised for strength is a great thing, but it’s become too commonplace. Labelling a character as ‘strong’ is too easy, especially when there’s a whole dictionary full of words you could use.
Do join in, if you fancy! Describe your favourite females in books WITHOUT using the word ‘strong’. #StrongWithoutStrong
— Samantha Shannon (@say_shannon) March 8, 2016
Here we’ve gathered some of our favourites, but you can still search the hashtag on Twitter to read the whole conversation.
Cammie Morgan (Gallagher Girls) Brave, clever, loyal, compassionate, a great friend, a chameleon. #strongwithoutstrong
— Jim (@Yayeahyeah) March 8, 2016
Josephine March (Little Women): capable, dertermined, loving, independent #strongwithoutstrong
— Shatha (@noitscoraline) March 8, 2016
The narrator from A THOUSAND NIGHTS: Contemplative. Self-sacrificing. Loving. Determined. Clever. Devoted. #StrongWithoutStrong
— Nicola Hastings (@nicolahastings_) March 8, 2016
— Nia Carnelio (@sleepyhollowkid) March 8, 2016
Shazi (Wrath & the Dawn): Loyal, brave, has a killing streak, flawed, smart, passionate #StrongWithoutStrong
— 愛, Natalia Wiki (@SailorNattyWiki) March 8, 2016
— Lauren (@FictionTea) March 8, 2016
It IS possible, and the results are beautiful. So many words, and so many ways to describe a person. A women shouldn’t be confined to just ‘strong’.
And it’s never too late to get on there and add your own. We’d love to see them too so don’t forget to mention us @maximumpopbooks
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