Talking about Wicked Women in a Den of Dark Fiction

I've been reading Gef's blog for some time now, so I was totally thrilled when he asked me to do a blog post for Wag the Fox. I think this is one of the best dark fiction blogs out there. If you haven't been reading Wag the Fox, take a peek. There are super posts on book and movie reviews, guest posts, and more.

Today, I'm talking about my lovely Catarina and our expectations about villains and gender:

... it never occurred to me to make Catarina anything but female and violent. She uses sex as a weapon; it’s not about satisfaction, it’s about power. She is physically and verbally abusive—in many ways, she exhibits the personality of an addict. I could have made her male and given her all those attributes and no one would have blinked an eye.

Does that mean we expect that kind of behavior from men? Is that why we have no problem with male villains? Guys are born to be power hungry and driven—we expect violence from men? ... [READ MORE]