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Thread: How convincing do female readers find Iain Banks's female characters?

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    Default How convincing do female readers find Iain Banks's female characters?

    I've just finished 'The Business' and of course the main character is female. I can easily buy her as a woman but i'm male, as is Iain Banks. Therefore, i wanted to ask any female readers here how real his female characters, for instance in 'Whit' and 'Canal Dreams', are to them. Or is it that i'm focussing too much on gender here?

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    I always wonder how it is for an author to write for the opposite gender. Iain does it quite a bit in his SF too, so he must be comfotable with doing it (ps I'm male too so I'm not really answering your question)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Black View Post
    I always wonder how it is for an author to write for the opposite gender. Iain does it quite a bit in his SF too, so he must be comfotable with doing it (ps I'm male too so I'm not really answering your question)
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    Last edited by Conscious Bob; 29-09-2011 at 11:37 AM. Reason: Deep Is Now a Chick
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    Thanks, it's the hair that does it
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    Not sure about the beard though

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    Don't be sexist, beards aren't just for guys
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    Indeed, but we at least get a choice.

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    oooh no, one of my old house-mates married a girl with a bit of a stubble issue.
    I'm talking about occasional plucking here either... not nice.
    But that's what you get when you get engaged after dating for 7 weeks
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    It's OK if you don't get hung up on which gender you want your partner to fit into. And i wonder now who you are, understanding the low probability that you are in fact my old housemate, because i did exactly that - married a woman with a bit of a stubble issue to whom i got engaged after dating for seven weeks.

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    Well there have been two people on this forum who live withing a few miles of me.
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