Empathy is not so much feeling something about a character, but feeling something with a character. It is not only being sorry for a character when they struggle and happy when they succeed—it’s about the reader experiencing those trials and victories as if they were their own. And when those trials and victories are rooted in immediate real-world issues, there’s more at stake than well-written characterization.
I recently saw a superhero movie with my sister, and our discussion of the film afterward somehow turned to the depiction of female characters in cinema. My sister made the simple yet astute observation that women characters often lack depth or realism compared to their male counterparts because the writers, directors, and everyone else in […]