Originally Posted by Tom Kratman
I've got a dozen books out now. In the writing, and the reading of various people's opinions, I've come to some odd conclusions. One is that whether the fictional character is one or two or three dimensional depends almost entirely on whether the reader wants that particular character to be one or two or three dimensional, which, in turn, often depends on whether the reader hates that particular writer or not.
As much as it pains me, I think I'm going to have to admit that you're right about this. I read his tough-as-nails Gunney, or his ambitious politician, and I'm fine with them being one-demensional.
I think my problem with his female characters is I feel I'm being hit over the head with the fact that it's the future, and women are completely equal to men. That's a fine thought, but it feels a bit like, "the author doth protest too much." The women are all fierce of personality, and even the ones who are 5' 0" and 90 lbs soaking wet can, with a single glance, strike real, physical fear into guys three times their size.
Actually, since I'm on the subject, and similar to your reaction to Turtledove, I failed in my last two attempts to finish a Weber book because of all the "Now I'm not saying.... mind you..." It makes me want to tear my hair out. These characters have known each other for years, but they all seem ready to misunderstand the simplest statements from each other. It got to the point that I was skimming paragraphs and if I saw "mind you," I skipped it.
Anyway, I don't mean to force you to be anyone's apologist. It's just so frustrating to read the back cover and say, "This seems interesting," only to be unable to finish the book.
I'll grab one of your books and go bitch about you on the David Weber forums