Post by Jason T. Davis on Jul 3, 2012 21:08:48 GMT -6
When writing or pitching a new show, do you find yourself leaning more toward a male or female lead, and why?
Do females usually write female leads? Do males usually write male leads? Does anyone feel better writing leads of the opposite sex?
I myself typically write male leads. I don't think it's because I'm male, so I feel more comfortable writing males. It has a lot to do with the initial image I get when developing a show, and its characters. If I see a female in the lead role, I'll write for one, which was the case (for the first time ever!) in my latest project, Dreamscape.
Post by Brady Brown on Jul 3, 2012 21:19:20 GMT -6
For me, the way I pick a lead, is with whatever pops into my head at that current time and place. XD I come up with a name, right off the bat, and if it's a guy name, then I have a male lead, and vice versa. I think the theory about having males righting more male roles, and females writing more female roles is completely absurd in one way, but completely accurate in another. I think if you are writing for a character that is your gender, then I think you'll be more comfortable with that particular character than you would a one of the opposite sex. But on the absurd side, I feel like a character is a character. XD And no matter which way you turn it, that's what they are. But anyway, this somehow became a semi-rant, and that's how I see it. XD
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Post by Brian Melanson on Jul 4, 2012 13:02:36 GMT -6
Most of my shows include a strong female lead...just call me Joss Whedon! Just kidding lol but I think it doesn't matter. You create the character, you figure out their traits, and then from there I determine weather out they''re male or female. I love writing for females because it's like tapping into a side you don't really have. But writing for the guys comes easy for me, being one at least. So it's about 50/50
I generally have more female characters in the leading role for my writing if I'm doing something with a defined main character. If it's more of an ensemble thing I generally end up with a male and female character sharing the spotlight.
Like Brady said though, a character's a character and I'll often just go with whatever feels right for the role (which I guess says that a lot of my story lines lend themselves to a female lead). I do find writing for female characters easier than writing for male characters most of the time but that's sort of in the same vein of finding it easier to write a character that has a similar personality to myself as opposed to a character with the complete opposite personality. I think it's given that it's always easier to write what you know as opposed to things you're unfamiliar with so there's probably some truth to males generally writing males and females generally writing females.