Strange title, right? Believe me, I know.
First things though. I know you are all patiently waiting for some updates, and I apologise for how long it’s taking me. Work has been extremely busy this year. For those who aren’t aware, I work at a cinema, and we have had some blockbusters out this year. It’s been pretty much nonstop since April. Things are getting a bit quieter now though, so I should be able to get some writing done. I have been doing a little. As I mentioned before I’m rewriting Lifting the Veil. I’m adding more depth to it, new scenes, expanding characters, etc. I’ve rewritten the first three chapters and so far I’ve added around three thousand words to it, so who knows how much I’ll add by time I’ve finished. There is roughly two or three chapters left of Masque of the Red Death before we move onto the final part of the series. I’m going to try and get that finished first.
Now, onto the title. I received a review on AO3 this morning asking me that very question. I’ll give the reviewer credit for signing in and putting their name to the review, but still… Do I hate women? As a woman myself, I can state categorically that I do not hate women. I mean, I hate everyone regardless of gender.
This is the review I got for A Marriage of Inconvenience…
I’m just wondering if you hate women? Every female perspective that’s not sookie is some kind of caricature of a petty, spiteful, jealous, shallow bitch and it’s exhausting
I understand the wonders of wish fulfilment in fiction and thoroughly stan it, but literally every other female character is more shallow than a puddle and overflowing with violent envy at sookie. Even Pam, who is arguably the second best developed female perspective is painted as this entitled spoilt brat who despite having some kind of positive relationship with sookie has this juxtaposing envy and level of dislike for her. I’m wondering why you feel the need to write every women as an immediate enemy of your main character, and why can’t she have any fulfilling or healthy female friendships or encounters- every woman she meets wants to fuck her husband and immediately insults, degrades and disrespects sookie in their brain it’s real bad, man. I hope you’re thinking abo this coz it’s some yikes shit like, please review how you approach life? Your opinions on women maybe ? Critically reflect this please.
This is a fun story I like the premise and the characters are a lot more fun & lighthearted than the og but the fact that every woman we encounter is just instantly some kind of vindictive jealous cruel bitch is exhausting and p toxic
The review itself doesn’t bother me, it’s the bit where I’m asked to review how I approach my life. My writing in no way reflects how I live my life.
So what do you think? Do I hate women? 😂