Be a part of the love club.
Love Club is actually a Lorde song and I had been trying to find an excuse to use the song in any of my posts. I finally found one. And it's bookish.
I was given a book a few days ago by a friend. It was a romantic Urdu one, too much sweetness, I was sure it was a wrong pick. But there was one more thing, the female protagonist seemed to be extremely desparate after the male protagonist and the love affair between them. Things turned a little humliating for her but she was true to her love, she stuck to him and later, they married. Well, such happy ending. That pissed me off.
I like my female protagonists desparate, not after a man but after better things like sky, desparate to find out more about the world around them. I want to see more sides of a female fictional character other than being killed or being loved. I want to see the evilness or goodness through her. I want to see her creating things, bringing changes, finding things out, keeping secrets, taking revenge, having problems she tries to solve & having her world turned upside down so she can get creative with how to restart her life.
This is why I love Gillian Flynn books most. She writes her female characters like they're a character and not just women. They can be evil, soft, creative and not just pretty. Her characters are badass women who can make things possible. People accuse Flynn for evil female characters but what's wrong with a female psychopath? A psychopath doesn't need a gender.
Same goes for Sidney Sheldon. He makes me feel so proud of his female protagonists. If Tomorrow Comes has to be my MOST favorite book by him. Tracy Whitney and her adventures. His fictional women make mistakes, learn from them and change their world. His writings are something I can always trust when it comes to a good read and a strong female character.
Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns was another hit for me. The book portrays the struggle of Afghani women. It isn't romanticized. It isn't sugar coated. It simply portrays how 2 Afghani women learned life. It's raw and a pile of bitter truths. It's a rough book but beautiful. It shows the darkness of a culture which is true and not true at the same time.
This is what my love club consists of: my favorite female fictional women. There's Amazing Amy from Gone Girl, Tracey Whitney from If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Drew from Nancy Drew series, Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, Asya from The Bastard Of The Istanbul.
I was imagining a meet up with my love club ladies and what would I say to them if we ever gathered on the same table, staring at each other, our faces curious. They'd think of me as a stranger at first because I'm the one with no story. And I'd look at them like they are family because I've known them for too long. I'll apologize for not being a young woman with a story worth telling but I'd promise I will have one soon. There'd be a hell lot of energy around us. The world would be staring at the crazy creative army of women, fictional but insanely powerful. I'd tell them that I took one thing from all of you when I was reading their books but I won't tell what. They'd have to guess it through my me.
Go get punched for the love club
Who'd be the member of your love club?