Introduction: Why is the Status Quo of Female Characters So Stale?
Our society is highly skewed towards the ideals of men and masculinity. From the toys they play with to the clothes they wear, we see this as a natural course of events. The female body is put on display to make males feel happy and comfortable in their own skin. Therefore, it is normal to see women’s characteristics portrayed in a more dominant role. However, this norm is not set in stone. The only time when a woman is directly portrayed as the dominating character is in movies or TV shows that are aimed at a female audience. A drastic change can be seen in the media these days; it’s starting to become less marginalized and more objectified, which is dangerous for women’s identity.
The Women’s March of January, 2017 with its theme, “Contributing to a World Where Women Are Valued and Safe” shows that the main problem with how women are treated in society today is their own image of themselves. The emphasis on the media coverage of women being sexual assaulted and shown as passive objects make this even worse. If we don’t seek to change our ways, the problem will become greater than ever. You see, the passive nature of women is what has made them objects of desire and sexual fantasy for a very long time. The women’s march shows that this is not acceptable anymore.
Tracking the Atypical Female Female Protagonist in Historical Fiction – What do we Really Want From Our Stories?
In order to find an answer to this question, we must first understand the reasoning behind why this is occurring. A big part of this shift can be attributed to the evolution from a male-centric narrative style to one that’s more gender-neutral. The evolution of media has resulted in women wanting more stories that connect with their own lives; stories that are told in ways that are relatable and insightful. This need is reflected in the literary world as well. Fiction is one of the mediums where readers will have the most impact, and this is where storytelling meets identity.
In addition, women are the ones who are buying the books. Women control 80% of consumer spending in America, and it is no secret that fiction is a popular way to spend their money. It’s not just about representing women; it’s about tapping into what they want from their stories as well.
However, there has been some backlash in recent years towards novels with female protagonists that are too masculine. A few examples include the works of Ayn Rand, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Wicked”.
Wattpad’s New Matriarch Novel and How it Sets The Standard For Female Protagonists in Historical Fiction
The ability to show a female protagonist that doesn’t necessarily fit into society’s expectations of what a woman is means that the readers of historical fiction can relate to the protagonist. This is something that Wattpad has achieved in new Matriarch , which will be the first book in an upcoming trilogy about a princess who tries to escape her tyrannical father by living as a male rebel. Her hard work and determination to fight for her own freedom leads her to a life of adventure and romance. This is not a story about a female character who sits idly by and waits for events to unfold, it’s one that is strongly driven by the protagonist and follows their decisions.
In the story, the heroine is one of four children; a princess in an outdated society. She has been raised to believe that her father is her enemy and the cause of all her pain and suffering. She wants nothing more than to escape his grasp and be free to live in peace but he sees this as a betrayal. When he takes on his brother’s identity, she flees and becomes a male rebel fighting for freedom for all men. When they find themselves on neighbouring shores, they discover an antiquated society rife with prejudice and hatred.
In their efforts to survive and make a new life for themselves, the main character is portrayed as a woman with agency. She isn’t just there to create distraction or love interest but stands beside and works alongside the men. Her strength and determination are her weapons against the cruel world she finds herself in, which gives the reader an exciting aspect of female empowerment. She makes mistakes and learns from them, but she does not blame or feel guilty for them. It is a narrative that gives readers the opportunity to relate to Alexandra, as her experiences are both foreign and familiar.
Highlights of the First 3 Chapters of the Novel “The Matriarch” by J. Lynn Moore
The novel opens on a dreary day in the city of Agrindille, where a woman named Ruthie is living under the cruel rule of her father. The opening line gives the reader an overview of the setting and immediately establishes that this story is going to be very different to others. It also gets the reader invested in Ruthie’s personal journey by introducing her as a struggling young woman whose aching heart is about to be set free.
An internal monologue is then prompted, leading the reader to understand that Ruthie is trapped in a loveless marriage and her husband is physically abusive. The reader also learns that despite their separation, they remain married and need to come up with a plan to provide for Ruthie’s two children. This leads the reader to believe that there was more love in this relationship than Ruthie has led on thus far.
History is full of stories that speak of female protagonists, showcasing how they are independent and take a dominant role in the events that unfold. However, these depictions are all over the place, and most fall into the trap of becoming too feminine to be believable in genres such as historical fiction. The change that J. Lynn Moore has brought to this genre is crucial because it’s setting a new standard for the way female protagonists can be portrayed in historical fiction. By giving us a character whose life is so different to what we would expect, she’s made us question how we perceive female protagonists in history. This standard is important because it allows readers to relate to the main character and gives them hope that their stories could be told in the same way. With the female protagonist being one of the most important characters in a story, it’s important that they are portrayed as equally important to their male counterparts.