A certain man who goes by the name Roy... or Anthony... let's just say jailgurdnegative, pointed out to me recently that it seems I have a lot of female characters, which is objectively true. I do. It just kind of happened naturally over time. I plainly stated it's just a more enjoyable process to draw female characters and it comes off as if the majority of my characters are female. In the story being discussed, Bete Noire, the main cast only has two female characters and the remaining five or six characters are male. But you'd think otherwise based off my related sketches
And as far as that particular subject matter, it's true. I'm not sure why.
Then it got me thinking, why is that? Why do I default to female leads? Why do I find them more compelling to write. If I play through an RPG, I usually will go with a female character before a male one. The moment I switched Unus Solum's lead from a black male to a woman I suddenly had far more drive to operate in that universe narratively. A seemingly strange thing for a straight black male to do if you ask me!
I think a few things have to do with it. I have three sisters, which greatly directed what sort of entertainment I was driven towards as a kid, the games I played, the tv shows I watched, the books I read... For me, multiples girls leading or being in some sort of primary narrative position has always been normal. I think that has carried into my stories. :/
Their is also a degree of exoticness to it all. How many games have you played through a bulky, sweaty guy wrestling with other bulky sweaty guys, all the while trying to poke sharp, hard objects into each other? Far too many if you ask me! And since many seem far to antsy to dare allow a female character be physically harmed, (you should have seen some of the arguments people were making as to why shooters shouldn't add female character models a few years before Call of Duty finally did it, they were hilarious imo) why not play as one? Similarly, if I'm going to write a war story, the brothers in arms thing has been done to death, and, on several occasions, far better than I could ever do. By adding female characters in non traditional roles to these stories, new topics and issues can be addressed. In fact, I don't think I've really seen anything discuss this, short of a few scenes in GiTS and some idiots on FOX who think men can't keep it in their pants...
I also have this deep frustration with how many female characters are handled. Often the "strong" female character is either just a bunch of female stereotypes BUT she can handle a gun pretty well, or, she is a token female character who's most defining trait is that she is the female character. Not only that, but once that female character is there, they are left as the only female character in the story, others (if they exist) just being stereotypes who don't even have the advantage of knowing what end of the sword is pointy. I generally want my female characters to be multidimensional people
with all of the human flaws and quirks that make us and the characters we love unique.
Finally, I hate when a story is written but people feel the need to put an every man between us and the interesting people driving the plot. I can't remember which show triggered me to first create Laurence's character (way, way, many years back), but I remember a show having a female character who had this interesting back story and place in the plot, but she ultimately ended up being nothing more than the love interest for the every man male lead. (Sure, you can have a male lead, but please, one of the interesting guys, not an every man who is there because the author thinks we could never relate with someone who has more personality than stale bread). To me, that is the worst offense, it's almost suggesting that after everything she went through and everything she worked towards, the best she could ever hope for would be a less interesting guys fashion accessory or a plot device to be killed off when she is no longer needed (*cough* *cough* Renee Walker *cough*).
In conclusion, I have female leads and a healthy quantity of female characters because one part I enjoy it more, one part anger at popular medias inability to write proper female characters.