Thought of the day for writers of shapeshifters

(As opposed to shapeshifting writers, who are a different and rarer creature.)

With mammals, you can tell pretty much immediately whether a shapeshifted individual is male or female.

With raptors and other predatory birds, not so much. (Unless you’re really good at picking up on differences in size even when looking at individuals in isolation. And for some species, not even then.)

There is surely a great deal of fascinating fictional exploration of gender and expectations to be had here, along with a fair amount of more straightforward gender-bending fun.

Though as with so many things, perhaps someone’s already written a manga about that? :-)

Janni Lee Simner

About Janni Lee Simner

Janni Lee Simner is the author of the post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy and the contemporary fantasy Thief Eyes, as well as four books for younger children, more than 30 short stories, and the script for the video game The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse. Check out her Writing Life Series for practical tools to hone your writing craft and unlock your creative power or join her email list for ongoing updates here.
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