The Bechdel Test: Does The Fiction You Read Or Watch Pass?

A great post about gender inequality in fiction. For the writers out there, do your books pass the Bechdel Test?

Carrie Rubin

True or false: My teenage sons love when I point out gender inequality or lack of diversity in movies to them, especially when I pause the DVD to do so.

False. They don’t love that. They roll their eyes and say, “Ugh, Mom, we get it.”

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But as long as they’re in my home, I will make use of these teachable moments. As a mother of two white males, it’s my job to make sure they recognize what they might otherwise fail to see.

But I’m not here to get all preachy. I’ll save that for my sons. Instead I wanted to tell you about the Bechdel Test. Maybe you already know about it. After all, I’m a laggard. But I didn’t know the term until my social media bud, Audrey Kalman, mentioned it to me in a tweet. (Thanks, Audrey!)

The Test

The Bechdel test is an indicator of gender…

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First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash – It’s On.

I’m going, what about you?

Sacha Black

First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash

Seeing as I offered to organise a get together, I should probably put my money where my mouth is and do some actual organising.

Sorry to those across the pond – I’m still working on the technology involved in that part, so this is for the European lot – unless those across the pond fancy a trip to the UK for a summer vacation that is…

Drum Roll please……

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My writing journey on writing.ie

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Yesterday I got an email message asking if I’d be interested in writing an 800 – 1000 word piece about my writing journey for writing.ie, the home of Irish writing online.

“Sure,” I replied. “I’d love to.”

“There’s only one thing. We need it for tomorrow.”

I had a million things to do last night but these are the types of opportunity that don’t come around very often for us indie authors, so I dropped everything and wrote my heart out.

I’m delighted to say the piece was accepted and is now live on the site, along with a teaser on the front page. For those interested, you can access it here.

In the post I get to describe the madness of self-publishers, talk a little bit about how I started writing, as well as pass on a little piece of advice for those thinking of starting on the journey. I hope you enjoy it.

Many thanks to Rebecca and Andrew at Design for Writers for putting the opportunity my way.

Occasional Soulmates free this weekend

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If you like intelligent chick-lit with a handsome lead character called Dylan (and who wouldn’t), then I’m happy to tell you that Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan is free to download this weekend.

I had the pleasure of reading Yesterday Road by Kevin last year and loved it so much it became one of my books of the past year, and I’ve heard nothing but good things of Occasional Soulmates.

And now it’s free!

So what have you got to lose? Download the book, read it, and if you enjoy it don’t forget to write a review.

Book description

When the thirty-eight-year-old San Francisco doctor meets her new patient, a handsome British expat with the unlikely name of Dylan Cakebread (and an uncanny resemblance to Jude Law), she’s convinced it’s the start of her own relationship novel. He’s an architect, no less — always a key piece of her most indulgent fantasies — and the heroine of a relationship novel always gets her fantasy man, right? Though their shaky start raises red flags that her oldest girlfriend, Jules, is quick to point out, Sarah can’t help it. She falls hard for Dylan and it appears to be a two-way street.

But maybe meeting your perfect mate in the exam room isn’t the best opening act. Sarah thinks she’s the cure for what ails him, but soon she learns the secret Dylan has been keeping from her. Now she has to choose between happiness and the illusion of it — if Dylan doesn’t take the choice out of her hands first.

It’s starting to look like this isn’t her relationship novel at all: it’s his.

 

To download Occasional Soulmates from Amazon click here

To download Occasional Soulmates from Amazon.co.uk click here

 

Interview with Author Dylan Hearn

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by the wonderful Sacha Black earlier this year. If you haven’t done so before, I highly recommend you visit Sacha’s blog, especially if you’re new to writing, as she has lots of helpful hints, tips and writing prompts, and is also very open about the ups and downs of the process.

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Dylan Hearn

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions (i.e. without the interview).

I had the pleasure of being recommended Second Chance by Geoff Le Pard, which is now sitting high up on my list of to read. I then stumbled across a particular post of Dylan’s, ‘You Know You’re A Writer When‘ and after a fit of giggles and eye rolling because I did most of the things on his list, I knew I wanted to interview him. You can find his blog here. I am delighted to present an interview with Dylan Hearn:

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