“By making the hero a girl, he took all that macho stuff out of the equation and that gave him the freedom to examine heroism.”
– Helen McCarthy on Hayao Miyazaki
I’ve only just discovered McCarthy and her writings on Ghibli, manga, and Japanese art in general. My principle thought is, “How on earth did it take me this long to find this?”. That quote above just so elegantly sums up why female heroines are so interesting–I’m not such a huge fan of machismo, it has its place but for me I’m more interested in a compassionate, thoughtful approach to things (says the author who loves swordfights–but they’re thoughtful swordfights, Miya kicks arse out of compassion) (actually that’s true, she does). Of course, I’m not saying that you couldn’t have a thoughtful, compassionate male hero, and in fact I’ve got a couple in my books. But girls are more fun.
Anyway, I just hit ‘publish’ on Miya Black III, so it might even be live by tonight. Incidentally, is it just me or has Amazon changed its thumbnail resizer to make everything look horrible?