Just recently I was indulging in some Julianne Moore awesomeness when I found this quote:
My friends make jokes that I won’t go see something if there’s only men in it because I don’t know who to look at. Like big war films. I don’t have a way in here. Let me in. Give me a woman to look at so I can enter the story. So I think you want to represent other women and give them access to tell their stories.
The quote led me to think about what I read and I have to admit that for the last year and a half in most of my narratives – I want to include movies here because they are extremely important in my life as well – there is a woman at the centre. My favourite writers are Kate Atkinson and Margaret Atwood who clearly focus their stories on women, but there are also male writers out there who also list among my favourites: M.R Hall and his Jenny Cooper and the one that began it all: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes. So, with Julianne’s quote in mind and whilst I indulged in some TV last week I came across this super funny scene from the British TV show Sherlock:
As in the original narrative, women scarcely appear on Sherlock other than the amazing Irene Adler and her role in the show as a damsel in distress is quite infuriating for those who love the original character. But, watching that scene, I felt identified with Sherlock. When I am bored, I get grumpy and difficult to deal with although I do not shoot my bedroom’s walls. And I managed to make this connection despite the age and gender difference even though I tend to prefer female main characters.
So, I was wondering if you feel the same regarding your narratives. Is gender crucial when you choose a story? Tell me!! I’d love to hear your experiences 🙂