1. notleia says:

    That’s something I’ve noticed, that some guy authors can write decent or at least passable female characters in the short term but are frakking awful at female characters on the long term or the in-depth level. They seem to buy into the gender essentialism so much that it seems like they think women are a half-Betazoid, half-elven subspecies instead of, like, people.

    • I don’t think it’s a problem Otte has in general. Having read the first two novels of his Failstate I can attest that he’s able to develop powerful female characters for the long haul (he’s even got a WIP spinoff novel in development now featuring one such person, which I look forward to). Isolda isn’t really a bad heroine: she’s plucky and likeable, struggles but is capable, and far more developed than the third wheel male character that tags along for about a third of the novel. The setup and potential was there: it’s the specific execution in that lacked in the latter half of the book. Thinking about it now, I’d say going into her viewpoint actually hindered the character rather than helped it (which, given that his other novels are first person, may actually explain the root of the problem rather than overall character building).

      • notleia says:

        I was thinking about my disappointment with the lady character in Kerry Nietz’s A Star Curiously Singing. Though that one wasn’t awful, it was just…flat. She forwarded the plot and that was about it, when she had so much potential. Or the Honor Harrington series by whatshisface when Honor has “female” moments that seem disjointed with the rest of her established character or even the style of how her character is written in the rest of the books.

What do you think?