I’ve already forgotten where I saw this linked from because I was running through my Google Reader so quickly this morning*, but Carrie Vaughn has an excellent series of posts on Urban Fantasy.
From the second post, “When Things Go Wrong”:
6. The book has a strong woman character. But only one. You’d think a genre that supposedly celebrates kick-ass women ought to be able to have more than one per series. You’d think a genre that’s supposed to be all about empowering women would be able to pass the Bechdel Test more often. The test: The story in question has 1) at least two women, 2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than men.
Word. Not all of my pet peeves match Vaughn’s, but that is one I’m noticing more and more (or I would, if I was reading enough.)
As soon as I remember, I’ll give proper credit. And, it was Literary Escapism. Of course.