Gender of a Character doesn’t matter… much

Surprise! I’m still thinking about Mistborn!

I’ve been reflecting on an argument that has been making the rounds, the, “I need the character to be this or that in order for me to relate to what they go through” argument . I don’t think what the character is or identifies as matters nearly as much as wether or not their struggles are compelling.

I know that representation is important, but what is more important is that the character struggles truly and then makes choices that are believable.

To me some of the most relatable characters I have had the joy of getting haven’t been my gender at all, but their struggles with finding a place to belong was so compelling that it didn’t matter the differences that were there.

Vin’s desire to be loved and her internal fear of abandonment is surely something that we all deal with. I think it’s important to realize that the most important part of a character is the struggles that they go through. What are your thoughts?