While we all love a strong hero, we love a strong heroine even more. Sadly, strong heroines aren't always as easy to find despite being incredibly important. Today, in celebration of her newest novel, The Kiss of Deception, YA author Mary E. Pearson shares her thoughts on the importance of writing strong women. Take a look:
Women are strong.
Damn strong. And clever. And brave. And resourceful. Their strengths are vast and varied and they use them every day to survive and make our world better — and their strength can be different from men’s in a myriad of ways. We aren’t just rewriting a male hero in a dress. It’s important to celebrate a woman’s strengths without a man’s strengths even coming into the equation. I think very often we speak about women in a terminology that has grown from a male centric viewpoint. The weaker sex? Not by a long shot.
Sometimes I think this is a no-brainer. We all know this by now, right? Maybe not. I think we’re still working out the finer points of honoring the female experience, voice and perspective in our literature and in the world at large.