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I'm Linda Naughton, author of the sci-fi thriller Martian Dreams. As a mom, my two adorable children are the center of my extremely busy universe. As a writer, I've been telling stories for as long as I can remember. These days I do a mix of fiction, technical writing and blogging. As a gamer girl and geek, I love sci-fi TV, books, and role-playing/computer games. My day job is writing computer software for a healthcare company. You can learn more about my novels and other projects on my website.
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More than Damsels in Distress
Image credit: Serge K. Keller. Creative Commons license.
I grew up loving science fiction and adventure stories, but even as a young girl I was struck by the gender gap in those genres. Sure, there would often be a token female character - usually a love interest. But only rarely were those characters well-rounded and allowed to contribute significantly to the story.
Franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent, and TV shows like Orphan Black and Outlander show that Hollywood is slowly waking up to the fact that women like these genres too. But there's still a long way to go. Women make up 52% of all moviegoers according to the MPAA, yet studies by the Geena Davis Institute and New York Film Academy show that female characters make up only about 30% of speaking parts. The number of meaningful female characters, particularly in action/sci-fi/fantasy, is even more dismal.
I feel it's important to celebrate TV shows, movies and books in the action/sci-fi/fantasy genres that feature strong female characters. They are, sadly, still the exception rather than the rule.