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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
struggling to breathe - Alisa M. Libby
I think this topic highlights, in an interesting way, why I LOVE to read and write historical fiction. In different times in the past you can find teen girls chafing against the strictures of their era - you can't work, you can't vote, you are treated as your husband's possession, etc. Add to that the people who depend on them - the parents who rely on them to find a good husband and secure their future, rule their household, appear in society, have a family (sons!) of their own, and so on. While an independent main character is admirable, I like to give her something to struggle against, some ideals or expectations she's trying to break free from.
It's given me a lot to think about with my current WIP - a girl struggling with her desire for her own life and her fear of where it may lead. To be independent, we must trust in ourselves. Does my character trust herself? Do I trust myself? It depends on what day you ask me...