Recently, three of the H&H staff—two female, one male—discussed a book in a YA series they’d all read (Insurgent by Veronica Roth). The two females were far more critical of the female character, Tris, while the male felt as though the male character Four was more to blame for the novel’s events.
Then there was a general discussion of how women dealt with female characters, and how it seems many of us judge our heroines more harshly than our heroes (another recent case in point: Tara Jean Sweet from Molly O’Keefe’s Can’t Buy Me Love).
What do you think? Are women harder on female characters than on male characters?