SPOILERS: I will be talking about the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. If you haven’t read any of the books before Changes (Book 12), then you should not continue.
The summer is basically over, and I have not posted anything about books. WHAT IS GOING ON?
That does not mean I haven’t been reading. I just finished book 11 of the Dresden Files.
And I have some beef with Butcher. What I want to know is what world does Dresden even live in?!
Each book has a good pace so that you get sucked right in and you can’t put the book down until 1000 chapters later. I love how the characters interact with teasing sarcasm.. mostly because I do that all the time. I also think Dresden can be funny… although that is rare. But one thing has become very clear…
Dresden lives in a world where EVARY woman is attractive. And I mean EVARY woman. From the women of the Fae world to the women of the mortal world to his effing 17 year old apprentice. Dresden describes the women, and parts of the women, as hott or super attractive or some other synonymous phrase.
Unless, of course, you are about to die. Then you are allowed to be ugly.
What I mean is… the only female character actually described as ugly, thus far, is killed off. I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER HER NAME. But she was one of the important minor characters in Summer’s Knight. She was part ghoul or gremlin or something. I want to call her Gertrude or Meryl.. but that’s probably wrong.
Every other woman is not ugly. They are either homely or fuck-able. Neither of which are ugly. Now don’t me wrong. I love to look at attractive women, and reading about them isn’t any different. I talk ALL day about how my celebrity crushes are going to walk into me one day and fall in love 😉
But as a woman myself, I know that the world that Dresden lives in isn’t realistic…. No shit. There’s magic.
But ignoring the fantastical elements, the relationships between living beings is one of the few things that people can make a complete connection with when it comes to any type of fiction. The lack of realism of Butcher’s women makes it hard for me NOT to roll my eyes every time we meet a new one. I mean, damn. The only OLD woman in Dresden’s life gets body-switched into a younger attractive one so that Dresden can be intimate with her. WHAT THE HECK. It reminds me a little of Freaky Friday…
This is the only issue I have. And I’m not the only one I know who has this issue. Let me know if you’ve noticed this as well and whether it has bothered you a little bit as well.