So let’s say one had reason for a midsummer day’s trip to the library, because one had a couple of items on hold and one just finished another wonderful novel by the fabulous Marion Zimmer Bradley, and one is craving more fantasy. Why did is that woman no longer alive, btw??? Amazing female fantasy writers who re-envision foundational mythologies should be immortal.
Digression aside, said individual, upon perusal of the fantasy/sci fi section of her local library, finds that not only are a mere 1/10 of the books in this already small section written by women, but NEARLY ALL of those 10% are something along the line of paranormal detective romances. Yuck. (no offense to those that like this genre; to each their own). So our brave lover of literature to do?
1. She-hulk SMASH!
2. Become the writer she’s always wanted to be and create the things she wants to read. Not that there aren’t fantastic current and past female fantasy/sci fi writers out there, but the ratio is still HORRIBLE.
So lady friends and other wonderful, chronically underrepresented people: be critical of our culture and then CREATE THE WORLD YOU WANT TO SEE.