Lauren brought this link to my attention this morning, and I had to share with you. The people at OverthinkingIt.com created a fantastic flowchart representing the one- and two-dimensional female characters that repeatedly appear in contemporary fiction. First of all, I never met a flowchart I didn’t like. But I really enjoyed this one because it puts a tongue-in-cheek spin on something that manages to appear over and over in literature. And as the accompanying article points out, while there certainly are male stereotypes out there, there seem to be far more female characters whose development gives in to the stereotypes. Which makes me wonder if it is, for some reason, more challenging to construct a female character not entrenched in these stereotypes. What’s the deal with that?
via PW’s Genreville