Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, I chose to talk about the books that really need some more women in them. Honestly.
Edit: I have now realized this actually was supposed to go up next week. Oops. I’ll write about the “visuals” topic of this week, next week then.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // I love this man’s stories, but I can admit fault in my favorite books too. Tolkien wrote far too little women, and far too little powerful and strong women.
Snakewood by Adrian Selby // Another fantasy book that could’ve used some more incredible assassin-women. This is about a band of assassins that split up and is now being killed one by one. I love me some assassins, but I especially love female assassins. So sad there weren’t really many in this story!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt // I feel like Camilla is really the only prominent woman here. Not only are there few women here, but Camilla is a dependent girl -and in my opinion, not the strongest of them all. I’m not saying that every woman in a book should be a strong, independent, fiery one. That’s not realistic either. Yet I feel like there could’ve been more women in general, here.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch // Again, a series I absolutely adore. But with a sore lack of women. The women that are here though, are powerful and smart ones. So I do admire Scott Lynch for that.
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson // This series does have a few women, but Vin is really the only main character in the band of thieves who is female. So another fantasy one, with a lacking amount of women in it (in my opinion, of course).
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien // Another Tolkien, another lack of women. Sigh.
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss // Yes, I do know that I have raved about this book. I do love it. But there is again a lack of women here. There’s really only one prominent female character, and I really didn’t like her.
A little more than 50% or so of the world’s population is female. And yet, we can’t seem to hold a balance of representation in books. Especially fantasy.