Male or female viewpoint characters?
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When I first read Diana Wynne Jones, back in the 70s, I remember thinking that her books had a surprisingly small number of female viewpoint characters. The Ogre Downstairs, Cart and Cwidder, Charmed Life, Eight Days of Luke all had boys as the main characters; the nearest to a female lead was Kathleen in Dogsbody, and even there, Sirius was very much the viewpoint character. I know that there has long been an idea that girls will read books about boys, but not vice versa; also, since Jones' own children were boys she might have been influenced by that in telling stories.
I think The Time of the Ghost (1981) was her first book with a specifically female lead; after that, an increasing number had female leads, and it's noticeable that the two later and more complex Dalemark books both had viewpoint female characters, where the first two hadn't.
Anyway, I think it's something she now does very well, having both male and female leads in fairly equal numbers.
I'll certainly check her other books (whether for the first time or when re-reading) for female/male lead. Other things strike me now. How many of her distinctive female characters are unlikeable, like Gwendolin in Charmed Life and Hildy in The Crown of Dalemark? And how many of her male leads are given those stereotypical female traits where having conversations matter more than actions (the stereotypical male default position)? I'll have to think about that!