(April 12th 2013)

GCSE Maths With Mel

Blog: GCSE Maths With Mel

I'm a proponent for equal rights, equality among people seems like a sensible idea and I'm inclined to say that a lot of people feel the same way. That being said, I'm always super afraid of writing non-white, non-male characters because I'm terrified of depicting them badly, which is a concern for two reasons. One, unless you're Michael Bay you don't want to be known as the guy who writes offensively bad characters (that's right, I took a pop at Michael Bay. I'm so bloody edgy). Two, there's a lot of pressure on writers to not fuck up creating those types of characters because there seems to be a long line of people at the ready to jump down your throat for doing so. Maybe it's just the circles I run in but there's a lot of pressure to not fuck up female characters. From what I can tell, female characters need to be strong, sympathetic, vulnerable, smart, caring, capable, cold, intuitive, self-effacing, oblivious, gas, liquid and solid. I know these are just traits that have been done well in characters in the past and you shouldn't try to stuff all of these features into one person but it can feel a little bit like an impossible task at times to create a female character that doesn't turn you into a lynch magnet. In conclusion making a character who's a liquid is hard but not impossible.

You will learn to obey me, follow protocol and stay focused at all times.