Today I’m happy to hand the reigns over to Juli D. Revezzo so that she can talk to us a bit about stereotypes within genres. In Romance, Alpha males are incredible popular, especially with the resurgence of vampires and werewolves, where every male you stumble over is an alpha. But, they’re not the only possibility, and it’s high time writers remember that. With that in mind, take it away, Juli!
Writing and stereotypes
In the animal kingdom, there are alphas; we think primarily of the alpha male ape that leads the pack and runs off anyone who tries to take over.
Or the alpha in a wolf pack. Or of koalas.
A lot of the time this bleeds over to the “typing” of humans. How often do you hear about the alpha male in this subject or jobs fitted to alpha males, or the incredibly overrated yet for some reason popular “alpha male character type” in romance novels?
Too much, sometimes, wouldn’t you say?
Maybe it comes from the patriarchal religions we’re surrounded by. My prototype, when I sat down to write The Artist’s Inheritance went strictly matriarchal, with its Celtic gods. So, I felt it refreshing to pull the ole switcheroo this time out. 😉 My heroine, Caitlin watches her sweet, gentle artist hubby go slowly off the deep end and with no one she can really turn to, who else is going to fight the gods and a crazy imp to save him?
Think that’s a weird concept? Go back to nature and take a look. You’ll see the mama bears growl as loud–or louder–than the males, when the family’s in jeopardy. My Caitlin doesn’t defer to anyone in such matters. When she sees a threat to her family, she does what she can. Just like the women of the Celts on who I based this family’s history, who would pick up a sword right alongside the men, who were empowered to own property and have their say in the ancient courts, unlike any other society. Caitlin is like them, and personally, I think she’s rather, well, normal. She isn’t the whiny, bitchy, fight with all and sundry type of character so prevalent in current urban fantasy fiction, no. She’s kind to all. But hurt her family, and look out! Your roast is toasted! >;)
And she does it quite well too, in my opinion. In fact, I think I’d want someone like Caitlin and her friends Beryl, Heather, and Sealya in my corner, were it come down to a fight with ornery Otherworldly Creatures. Wouldn’t you?
So, what about it? What do you think about sex-based stereotypes in fiction these days? Or stereotyping in fiction in general? Need it still apply, you think? Or (especially in this post-ERA world) has its time come and long gone?
Meanwhile, I hope you like The Artist’s Inheritance. Want to know a little more about the book? Here’s the synopsis:
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
About Juli D. Revezzo
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century, in love of which she received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Florida. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and the special interest RWA chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.
Find Juli at her home page Juli D. Revezzo
At Twitter: julidrevezzo
On Facebook: JD-Revezzo
Thanks, Jolene for letting me be here, and letting me talk about this *ahem* controversial subject.
You’re welcome, Juli! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. And thank you, readers, for taking the time to read Juli’s post. Be sure to follow those links and check out her work. You can find some available online for free, even, over at Eternal Haunted Summer. (Which you should check out anyway; it’s good stuff!) But, go: check out the trailer. Check out her new book, and don’t forget to weigh in on your opinion! What are your least liked stereotypes in the genre of your choice?