Saturday, December 29, 2007
Equal Opportunity Villains
I'm about to turn a Robert into a Roberta.
No, it won't be a serious medical procedure, just a matter of finding all the Roberts in my manuscript and replacing them with Roberta. Then I'll have to go through the whole text and change the physical descriptions, dialogue, and other gender-specific references.
All this because I just decided that my killer, formerly known as Robert, is actually Roberta.
It all came about because I have too many male killers in my crime writing past, and I like to have balance.
I'm a chart person. One of my important ones is a list of all my books, with columns for the method of killing, the gender of victim, the gender and motive of the killer, as well as occupations and other characteristics.
If I leave Robert as the killer in this new book, it will upset the balance.
As we enter a new year, I need to know: does anyone care about this? Do you writers try to vary the gender of the bad guy/girl? Do you readers care or notice this in a series?
Should one of my resolutions for 2008 be to throw away my charts?