Two girls walk into a bar, and talk about the Bechdel Test…
What? Not laughing yet?
Maybe you had to be there.
So, to sum it up…
1.Two (named) female characters;
2. Who talk to each other at some point;
3. About anything other than a man.
You wouldn’t think that this was so hard. But take a moment to think about the last book you read, or the last movie you watched. Then figure out if it passed, or failed.
More importantly, how many children’s books or children’s movies meet these three simple criteria?
Obviously if you are writing a novel set in a convent, this will probably be very easy. Just as if your novel is set in the trenches of WWI, it will probably be a little contrived to have two random nurses arrive just to talk about hopes, dreams and bonsai trees…
So do you think this is a relevant test?
Or is it just another irrelevant criteria to worry about when trying to assess if your novel is decent?