Let me tell you what the most annoying thing in Urban Fantasy is.
It’s patented Strong Female Characters double-subverting their emancipation. They spend all their time kicking ass and taking names, and then along comes a Hunk, or a Dark Broody Type, and suddenly they rediscover their femininity, which inexplicably means going doe-eyed and knock-kneed in the presence of the Guy. It also makes them weaker. The narration has this smug-ass tone that after all this time of fending for themselves they are oh so lucky to now have a Guy do it for them.
But the absolutely worst part? When they fucking LAMPSHADE it, in this tee-hee-hee tone that suggests that ‘feminism is great and all but do we have to do it all the time?’
“I know this is probably a blow to feminism, but I enjoy using my womanly wiles to get men to do what I want”
“Of course it’s not politically correct, but I want to feel protected by his strong shoulders”
GAH. Someone find me some urban fantasy that doesn’t do this, please.
AUGH THIS BULLSHIT REALLY BAKES MY MOTHERFUCKING BISCUITS.
BEING EXPECTED TO SWAP YOUR POWER FOR A RELATIONSHIP IS NOT A FANTASY IT IS A REALITY THAT IS WHY WE HAVE FANTASY GET YOUR POOP OUT OF MY ICE CREAM ASSHOLES AUGH AUGH AUGH
I see I’ve got to get on writing faster, ‘cause the current crop sure ain’t cutting it. >:[
Yes, it’s annoying.