From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) For Marc, on POV Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 17:19:30 -0700 >A very nice summary of the pros and cons of first-person. For the record, >women writers (and I use "writers" loosely, including students and >wanna-bes) gravitate to it far more than men do, especially in present >tense. The terrible draw-back is that it allows them endless introspection >with no action. In my classes, especially genre classes, I used a cheap >throwaway that nevertheless has some truth. I would say that none of the >women writers in the class should use first-person-present for at least a >year, where as none of the men should use weapons (thereby making them >think >their way out of situations rather than blasting). Interesting. Of the four short stories I've published in my adult life, three have female protagonists who do not use any weapons - though two of the three face fairly violent male antagonists. One has a male protagonist, who kills someone with a sword. I'm going to have to watch this. --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ Tired of spam? Get advanced junk mail protection with MSN 8. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --