A Rant, you have been warned.
I recently joined a critique group and there was a question put on the boards. A writer wondered if he/she had to have a FMC (female main character) for their story since someone made the comment that they should.
Now, here’s my rant. People were saying yes.
WTF! Okay, so I understand that most of the readership for fantasy (we’re talking strictly fantasy here, not romance) is women. But I have yet to choose a book based on whether the MC was Male or Female, let alone been disappointed if there happen to be no FMC in the book. I’m thinking Hobbit and several others that have their female characters more as background.
When has this stupid rule sprouted up that says the character’s story is less important than the gender of the MCs involved? I mean, if it was the traditional f/m romance, I would understand, but we aren’t talking romance here, people, we’re talking fantasy.
Am I insane to think that the story should come first? If your MC happens to be a man, why must he have a FMC? What if he’s gay? What if his wife is dead? What if the story dictates that a FMC just wouldn’t work. What if it’s just him and some other guy on some quest? Are you telling me that he has to fall for that stupid cliche romantic interest or some amazon queen has to help him do what he should really be doing himself in the story?
Give me a break! Story comes FIRST, not some stupid rule an idiot made up. If your story doesn’t have a FMC and it’s a fantasy, so long as you aren’t making all the women in the story all cardboard cut-outs of Pamela Anderson on ecstasy, I think you’ll be okay.
Oh, and the same goes for the reverse. If the story is about two sisters there doesn’t have to be a leading man. Of course there should be men in it, unless you happen to be on Wonder Woman’s Amazon Island, but male MCs are no more the requirement for a good story than women are.
Besides, fantasy is NOT ROMANCE.
Thank you for reading.
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