||[Feb. 4th, 2007|06:27 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
I really like books with strong, kick-ass female protagonists. And if she's kickin' supernaturally bad asses, BONUS!
I'm thinking of calling the genre "bitch lit." There's a collection already out from the UK of short stories about women doing bad things that's called Bitch Lit, but I don't think it really captures the spirit of what I like. They're just breakin' taboos and laws and stuff. They're not goin' all XENA or anything.
I think, for modern examples, we can start with the persistantly nosy Miss Marple and haul it right on up to Anita Blake and beyond. I'm sure there are good examples Pre-Marple, but I'm thinking of non-tragic bitches so let's leave out the gazillions of saints and martyrs, as well as Medea and Cassandra and all the poor nymphs who got turned into plants and stuff to avoid horny gods.
Diana/Artemis/Minerva counts, I guess, although she was definitely on the harsh end of the scale. Freya, Isis, Bast, Kali, Eris, etc. are all kick-ass goddesses with some interesting tales. The thing is, goddesses can do almost anything. I'm more interested in human heroes (with or without extra powers): mythical, legendary, historical, and fictional women who kicked righteous butt. I know there are more than a few ancient heroines, especially in the Hebrew and Irish traditions.
Mostly, this is an extended note-to-self to continue to pursue this idea before it drifts away on a tiny thought cloud. La la la.