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Spunky Heroine Science Fiction

What is Spunky Heroine Science Fiction?

Spunky Heroine Science Fiction is categorized by its protagonist, who is a spunky female character, rather than its plot or other characteristics. A Spunky Heroine is an awesome girl; she is a strong character who knows how to take care of herself.

In Sci Fi, the characterization of women has a history of being condescending, sexist, trivial, and stereotypical. In some ways, the Spunky Heroine sub-genre is an attempt at sexual equality. However, some of the stories that feature a spunky heroine, describe her as an anomaly or isolated. Nonetheless, this is an example of Sci Fi's evolution: more and more female characters are being developed and featured in strong roles.



The spunky heroine is not limited to Sci Fi, she appears in other genres like Fantasy, Romance, and Young Adult.  

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Other Features of Spunky Heroine Science Fiction

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  • Level of Real Science

    Variable. This sub-genre is defined by its protagonist and not its scientific explorations so writers are free to decide how real their science will be.

  • Level of Grand Ideas/Social Implications

    Moderate. Spunky Heroine Sci Fi are not idea driven stories. However, by creating strong, female characters, Spunky Heroine Sci Fi participates in a broader social commentary on sexual equality--though not usually overtly.

  • Level of Characterization

    Moderate. In a sub-genre that's all about the protagonist you can expect a three dimensional character. However, the characterization of protagonists in these stories tend to be similar, she is gutsy, adventurous, strong, smart, confident, energetic, outspoken, and knows how to kick some behinds.

  • Level of Plot Complexity

    High. Spunky Heroine stories tend to be adventure tales and so they are plot driven. Often there is a mystery element, something to be uncovered.

  • Level of Violence

    Moderate. The spunky heroine character does not usually seek violence, but she can definitely hold her own should she encounter a violent situation.

Related Science Fiction subgenres

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    Any and all sub-genres can feature a protagonist who is a spunky heroine.

Spunky Heroine Science Fiction isn't for you if...

If you don't like adventure. If you don't like stories about butt-kicking girls.

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