The Problem of the Passive Princess

I Ioved this post so had to share. There is such a barrier to getting good, well rounded female characters out there. It doesn’t help when increasingly book bloggers or promoters now become the gatekeepers to what people should and shouldn’t read of which books get exposure. I was recently told that other bloggers wouldn’t pick up my book as it didn’t contain romance as a central plot point. Individual reviewers and readers welcomed it, however. Of course, when the market is saturated with female characters in stereotypical roles, it’s difficult not to let that influence you as a writer, even subconsciously. After all, we want our books to sell. There is nothing wrong with female characters falling in love, being afraid or uncertain – it’s a part of life whatever your gender. I understand how difficult it is to balance that with characters that are strong and inspiring- after all, as humans we often struggle to be. R A Black’s post has really made me think. It’s definitely agree something to be mindful of in my next writing project.

Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.

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