I remember reading this book on mythology—like, the mythropes in writing—and it blew my mind that all of that mythology is basically men writing about men and great myths for men, of which there are so many. And then there are only a handful of myths about women and they’re also written by men, so you start to realize that so much of storytelling has been lost in male perspective and you’re either Persephone—innocent, naive, and kidnapped by Hades into the underworld and has to be rescued; or you’re like Athena—unapproachable, vicious and there’s no gradient. And for me, it’s an amazing thing to begin to think about what it means to tell feminine mythology because it needs to be invented, it doesn’t exist; and also, what does inherently feminine storytelling and structure look like?
— Brit Marling for Violet Magazine
starting pg. 202
Sophie’s teeth chattered, but she said proudly: “He’s the best wizard in Ingary or anywhere else. If he’d only had time, he would have defeated that djinn. And he’s sly and selfish and vain as a peacock and cowardly, and you can’t pin him down to anything.”
“Indeed?” asked Abdullah. “Strange that you should speak so proudly such a list of vices, most loving of ladies.”
“What do you mean, vices?” Sophie asked angrily. “I was just describing Howl.”
— Castle in the Air
, Diana Wynne Jones
It seems that when you want to make a woman into a hero, you hurt her first. When you want to make a man into a hero, you hurt… also a woman first.
Do you think I can use a face claim with soft pretty features for a character who has a strong personality? Like if you use, say, Lily Collins as an FC for Clemence, do you think that will work--don't you think Lily looks too nice? Kind of in a dilemma here for this thing I'm doing. :) Thanks for the help!
I think you can spin a story out of anyone and anything you’re inspired by! Clemence isn’t really defined by her appearance, so I don’t find her faceclaim that important as long as they have the right expressions. If Lily Collins looked pissed off all the time, I would use her as a faceclaim (not that Ellen Page looks pissed. Heck, I think Ellen Page has a baby face, but Ellen has a wry smile that I like). If you feel like soft, pretty features don’t fit your character and you can’t imagine your character that way, then use someone else. Or maybe she has a strong personality that is often ignored because of her pretty features; there can be a story in that.
My general preference is not too glamorous and as age appropriate as possible while not dying over trying to find images. I’m not a fan of Hollywood looks but that’s where the photoshoots are, and I’m not comfortable with using non-celebrity/model images. I actually don’t think a lot of my faceclaims fit, but for me, graphics are more inspiring than the faces themselves which is why you’ll sometimes see me use multiple faceclaims.
Hi! Do you know other cynical badass clemclem-esque women next gen fics? Thank you :)