I can’t stress enough how much the YA world needs more strong females.
What kind of main characters do YA readers really want to see in the books they read? What makes a “strong young woman” strong?
There’s all sorts of talk about this subject, especially with the recent addition to the Twilight series, Life and Death, Twilight Reimagined, involving a reversal in gender roles. Meyer wanted to show the world that Bella’s portrayal of the “damsel in distress” was situational, and had she been a boy surrounded by supes, he would have been in distress as well. While that is a very plausible argument, creating a strong-willed female lead is a careful balancing act that is not easily accomplished.
In my own series, Emerge, my main motivation for writing the book was to create a true, realistic example of that young woman of strength. (And I like to…
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