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October 16 2006

Lilith Saintcrow talks about writing strong female heroes - post Buffy. Is there a difficulty in writing strong female horror characters in the wake of Buffy?

Lilith Saintcrow. That's a made up name, right? Like Raven, google that, Silver Ravenwolf. How silly of me to get that confused.

-Raynestar Van Passion
if she's such an avvid reader she just should've read Bendis' 'Alias' imo... the best anti-heroic hero (or is she an heroic anti-hero??? well, semantics... ) an by the way, love doug petrie.
bookworm, I detect a pattern in your posts. Are you in reality Doug Petrie, going undercover to assess interest in yourself and the not-yet-forthcoming announcement that you've been personally selected by Joss to helm the upcoming Fox News Channel program entitled "Anya's Money Matters", but only if you prove to Joss we love you? 'Cause if so, I do.
A great example of a strong female character who is an anti-hero is Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. Another is President Laura Roslin from the same show. Although Buffy was the first, these two strong female characters are definitely breaking the stereotype of what is a "strong female". I love Starbuck.
I love Starbuck.


I can't wait to see what happens next.
So why do you write these strong female characters?
I've read her Working for the Devil and its just-released sequel. And I'll have to go with a big YES on that one. "Strong" becomes "headstrong," "knows her own mind" rapidly becomes "self-absorbed," and so forth. Various authors whom I will not name have had their heroines descend into what's essentially soft-core supernatural romance. I'm not sure what's with the trend, but every time I see it, it makes me think of how Buffy did it just right.

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