I always thought the Christopher Robin was crazy once i discoverd that Winnie the Pooh and (most of) his friends were toys, but that just me and my childhood.
YES! (Also, if you want to see female characters like this, I strongly recommend books like "Dark Places" or "The Girl on the Train"!
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Great ideas! I do believe the physical appearance of the character is too important to leave out (I hate it when writers "leave it to the imagination." No, I want to definitively know what the character looks like!) But the "I woke up and looked in the mirror" trope gets old fast.
And although I highly respect the women, I don't really respect any culture that makes women cover up their bodies to hide them. Just my opinion. But of course I will always be respectful enough to call the garments by their corr