What do you think about the news about the Twilight re-imagined gender swap story? Is there a book you think would actually benefit from a gender swap?
I haven’t read the new Twilight book, and I don’t think I want to. The story was right as it was, but the switching of the genders just sounds a bit creepy to me, and quite a bit of seeming to milk the franchise for all it has left. As for gender swapping other books where it may work – I love a kick ass or brilliant heroine. Let me think of a few famous boy-protagonist books for a few seconds. I don’t think Harry Potter needs to be gender swapped because we have Hermione, and she’s dabomb.com. I can’t say if a gender swap would save The Maze Runner because the story was just yawn. Maybe a different perspective would make it interesting, but not likely. I really liked that there was a male protag in Anna Dressed in Blood, searching for a female ghost. I think it would lose something swapped. As for Beautiful Creatures – I liked that the boy was the human and the girl was the creature, so that is already swapped from what we typically see. I honestly can’t think of a book series where gender swapping would improve upon the story.
I read this quote from Tom Hardy
and thought, yes, why not write crime fiction, or action adventure, or any other genre with a female protagonist. Why can’t we have a female Dirk Pitt. Or Willa Grayson, Willa Grayson? Imagine if Paul Atreides from Dune was a woman. Or Robert Langdon from the DaVinci Code. I would totally read those books.
I clearly need to search out more books with female protagonists. And yes, Hunger Games, Divergent, and other dystopia series exist. But most of these are YA. What about actual adult women characters?
On a side note, I’d love to see the Stephanie Plum books with a bumbling male lead. And a tough female Morelli. And a female Ranger.