Okay, so I am currently reading my way through the Dresden Files. It’s a good series. It’s quite funny and you can definitely tell that it was written by a geek with all the little references in there. Also, reading the books doesn’t feel like a chore and quite often I find finishing the books quicker than I thought I would.
For those who don’t know, the Dresden Files follows the life of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard private investigator and his friends as (Including Mouse. Who is the best dog ever.) he solves crimes and battles with supernatural creatures such as demons, vampires and fairies. It’s not the genre I usually read. Urban Fantasy is just not something that I have much interest in. Like Sci Fi, I prefer watching it to reading it. Also, I tend to stay away from crime genres due to the over saturation of crime shows on TV. (Castle is pretty much the only one I can stomach since the writing has gotten lazy on Sherlock. Also Nathan Fillion.)
But the think that intrigues me the most about the series is how Jim Butcher uses Harry’s sexism as a character flaw. As a character, Harry acknowledges that his attitude towards women and wanting to protect them is wrong, but he just can’t help himself. It’s why we get detailed descriptions of women’s bodies, especially when he meets a female character for the first time. Also there is the fact that he hasn’t gotten laid in a very long time (though there is a very good reason why.) so it would make sense for him to notice women’s bodies more.
But it’s not just that. It’s the fact that his sexism gets him into a lot of trouble, causing him to get one of his former apprentices killed and straining his relationship with his best friend, Karin Murphy. It’s also led him to make stupid decisions and getting him badly injured on multiple occasions. (Butcher seems to like beating his main character up a lot.) His sexist attitudes are heavily criticized in the books both by the character himself and his female friends. Karin Murphy will almost always call him out on his sexist behavior, mostly because she is a cop who is surrounded by men in the workplace and experiences it all the time. (She also has to work twice as hard to get the same respect a man would get normally. Hmmm, I wonder what that feels like.)
Another reason why I like the books is that all the (even female) characters are well rounded. Whilst some of them do fit into stereotypes in some ways, it’s often that stereotypical trait that leads them into trouble. For example, Harry’s love interest, Susan comes across as the typical annoying reporter who will do anything to get a juicy story. However, it is this trait that leads her into danger and ultimately ends her relationship with Harry.
I don’t know, I think it’s just nice to see sexism used as a character flaw. It’s nice to have it criticized in a way that doesn’t feel like someone is hitting you over the head with it with a giant mallet. In honor of Mouse, here is a picture of a Tibetan Mastiff.