The call for more dynamic and interesting female characters in literature

Brett Milam

Katniss

In Kelsey McKinney’s article for The Atlantic, she questions Western literature canon and even modern books that are being published inasmuch as they not only lack females as the main character, but even when they are the main character, they’re seeking love from men or are otherwise guided by men. Admittedly, I am not as well-versed in Western literature cannon or the literature of today as I should be, so I defer to her appraisal of the situation.

That said, just taking a gander at my own books on my shelves, I’d be hard-pressed to find many books that featured a female character as the lead. There’s Twilight and the Hunger Games, but both Bella and Katniss, respectively, seek love; although, I would contend Katniss is a bit more nuanced about it. In fact, I believe Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee is the only contender…

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