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6 Important Female Characters On TV

When you’re us, enjoying TV can be exhausting. We’re always on high alert, you and me, ready to roll our eyes, vent our spleens or just feel a bit sad when we find for the billionth time that female characters are barely being treated like characters at all. So it’s a pleasure when we get to watch female characters with agency, scope and realism. And it’s a pleasure to celebrate them! That’s one of the purposes of my new blog, Good Characters and it’s also the reason why I’m all up in your face at Lucy’s kind invitation, to make a song… Read More »6 Important Female Characters On TV

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5 Ways To Write A Strong Female Character

“Strong female character” — oh how I LOATHE this phrase! But it’s not about to disappear any time soon if the interwebz has anything to do about it … So, we might as well know our enemy, right grrrrrls and boyz??? With this in mind then, when thinking about YOUR ‘strong female character’, chew over THESE pointers: 1) What’s the definition of ‘strong’? What do people mean when they say a ‘strong’ female character is what they want? Well, annoyingly, potentially LOTS of things! Read comic book and screenwriter @mrtonylee‘s brilliantly inclusive definition of what ‘strong’ can mean, HERE. 2)… Read More »5 Ways To Write A Strong Female Character

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4 Female Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie

Poor Secondary Characters Secondary characters and their relationship to your protagonist and antagonist can make or break your story. Very often screenwriters will get their protagonists and antagonists DOWN in their scripts … But when it comes to their secondary characters??? EPIC FAIL. Why? Well, all too often it will simply be because those secondary characters are simply DULL. Secondary characters may be just hanging around randomly; or they may feel underdeveloped, there only to serve the plot. Basically: LE YAWN. This is never more obvious than with female secondary characters in spec screenplays in my experience, so I thought I’d… Read More »4 Female Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie

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15 Fab Female Writers On Writing

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! It’s The Cannes Film Festival at the moment, so in honour of the occasion, not to mention HeelGate, I thought I’d round up some women writers’ thoughts on the process, writing female characters, strength and MORE … Enjoy! 1) Nora Ephron I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are. 2) Shonda Rhimes You can’t tell stories and really walk in someone’s shoes and not have a love for them, even if they’re doing horrible things. 3) Tina Fey I like to write about women,… Read More »15 Fab Female Writers On Writing

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9 Female Movie Screenwriters Worth Watching

It’s widely known that television is much more likely to be the female screenwriter’s stomping ground, with Tinsel Town in particular a super deluxe sausagefest. But I’m glad to say there ARE women in the man’s world of film! Whilst the likes of Diablo Cody and Nora Ephron may be two of the best known female screenwriters at the moment, I’m going to take a look at some of the female names we may not know quite as well … Let’s hear it for the girls! 1) Leslie Dixon, Limitless. Dixon has had a long and fruitful screenwriting career, but it was 2011’s… Read More »9 Female Movie Screenwriters Worth Watching

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11 Experts Share Their Notable Trans Characters Of Recent Years

2014 was – according to TIME magazine – a ‘transgender tipping point’. Increased visibility of transgender people in the media – Laverne Cox, Laura Jane Grace, Paris Lees – brought the trans community into the spotlight. Here in the UK, transgender characters are starting to become a staple of our rich diet of cops and docs, popping up as bit parts in Doctors, Holby and Casualty with increased regularity. Last year, Hollyoaks introduced a trans character, Blessing, and Paris Lees became the first openly trans person to play a trans person on UK television in a cameo on the show.… Read More »11 Experts Share Their Notable Trans Characters Of Recent Years

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33 Experts Share What They Want Next From Female Characters

Personality first, gender second? The Bang2writers are writing more and more female characters now, but it’s not just as simple as that. We can ALL fall into “the usual” representations, or screw up and write trite, incorrect or two dimensional stereotypes. It’s also important to note any one of us can do this regardless of our experience with writing, or even if we *are* women ourselves! As I often say, I have seen NO correlation between gender of writer and how bad OR well they write female characters, yet I’ve literally read thousands  of screenplays over the last decade and… Read More »33 Experts Share What They Want Next From Female Characters

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33 Experts Share Their Notable Female Characters Of Recent Years

Delighted to unveil the very illuminating thoughts of various industry pros I’ve managed to pin down this week! DO make sure you click on the links of their names to find out more about them. Remember, you can also find out what these Industry Pros want NEXT from female characters – direct link at the bottom of this list. Enjoy! Over To The Experts … 1) Tony Jordan, screenwriter & showrunner. Carrie Mathison – Homeland. Complicated, fucked up, intuitive, loyal and proactive. Red – Orange is The New Black. Direct, uncompromising, funny. Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife. True modern… Read More »33 Experts Share Their Notable Female Characters Of Recent Years

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8 Female-Centric Biopics That Need Writing NOW

Biopics and true story dramas DOMINATE awards season, so with the Oscar Noms out last week it would seem that **this** year it’s all about the menz. As I always say though, the problem is not male-centric stories, but that there’s just too many of them! With it being a “man’s world” throughout history, one might be forgiven for thinking it’s all rather inevitable that the fellas will take over the true story genre … If it weren’t for the fact this is utter BILGE! There ARE amazing women of history and not just since women’s suffrage and emancipation either –… Read More »8 Female-Centric Biopics That Need Writing NOW

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Writing Women: 5 Lessons From Shakespeare

I’ve said it, countless times now: I’ve seen NO correlation between gender of writer and how “well” s/he writes female characters. In my experience, a male writer is just as likely as a female writer to write a GREAT, complex, flawed character who just so happens to be a woman. ‘Cos that’s what we’re aiming for, right? RIGHT. “Shakespeare’s a dead white guy, but he knows his shit!” YES, Shakespeare is well old and NO, he’s not PC because he was writing a trillion years ago, but he STILL managed to pull of complex female characters who were a helluva lot… Read More »Writing Women: 5 Lessons From Shakespeare

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4 Disabled Characters Writers Can Learn From

As we all know, it’s much easier to complain than it is to create, so I’m going to look at a few disabled characters and stories dealing with disability. For full disclosure, I’m disabled, so might have some different perspectives to an able-bodied person. Let’s start with someone who a lot of people will recognise, even if they don’t identify him as ‘disabled’; Tyrion Lannister. 1) Tyrion – Game of Thrones  Played by Peter Dinklage, who was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism, Tyrion Lannister is, what some may refer to as, a ‘little person’. What Tyrion lacks… Read More »4 Disabled Characters Writers Can Learn From

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5 Reasons J.J Abrams’ STAR WARS Doesn’t “Owe” Anyone Gender Diversity

[CHRISTMAS 2015 EDIT: Okay, so this post is even more hilarious in retrospect now we know Rey is not the “token female”, but the PROTAGONIST in an otherwise male-centric franchise! But hey, apparently that’s STILL not good enough because now Rey is “too good” – yes, this is actually a thing! OMG … Well, at least you’re consistent Twitter in that you’re NEVER fecking happy. This is why we can’t have nice things or GOOD FEMALE CHARACTERS you nunchucks. CLICK HERE for a free ebook on how NOT to write female characters and if you’re one of the whiners?? DOOF! Punch… Read More »5 Reasons J.J Abrams’ STAR WARS Doesn’t “Owe” Anyone Gender Diversity

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