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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
It dawns on me just now how much I care about many male characters created (or at least finely detailed) by Isabeau: Rebecca wrote: Imri, Andra, Elrohir, Amrothos, Faramir (not to mention Mablung!). Yet on the female side there's really only Hethlin who strongly pulls on my sympathy. There is Eowyn, yes, and I like her quite a bit. Arwen I like too. And Lothiriel and Lady Tirathiel. But I don't feel like I know any of them very well, and none of them rouse concern in me for what will befall them. Perhaps it's because Hethlin doesn't really interact so much with women, occupying a place in what is otherwise a man's world. The lack of women in the stories is a function of Hethlin's lot in life. The only other woman who comes into focus much in these stories is Nimrien, and I do like her a lot. Isabeau, do you find that in general male characters are easier for you than females, or is it just a function of the structure of this particular story?
I think it's just a function of this particular story, the last remmant if you will of Tolkien's rather male-centric world view. Now that you mention it, I'm rather surprised. I hadn't thought about men being easier for me. I'm a RPGer, and tend to play female characters when I game. Though I have played male characters and they often tend to be my favorites. I'm a sucker for androgynous bard types.
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