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Author Topic: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)  (Read 1744 times)

Lurkndog

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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2022, 08:24:00 AM »
FYI, The original Zorro novel, The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley, came out in 1924.

The first novel keeps Zorro's true identity a mystery up until the big reveal at the end. It's an interesting choice, but the cat's out of the bag now.

There are five Zorro books by McCulley up on Amazon. I've only read the first one, which was a perfectly good adventure novel.
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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2022, 04:39:41 PM »
Also, the heroine in Queen of Swords was established as being subject to human biology. She wasn't as strong as a man, so she had to rely on her wits to win against men. I think it's a great way to show how women can fight without ignoring biology. It's very dangerous to teach young girls that they can beat men in fights through brute force.

  Well, many of the movies out there use certain weapons that end up favored by women, like rapiers and Bows.  A rapier is quite heavy and one handed.  A bow, especially a war bow starts at a draw of around 65 pounds.  These are NOT weapons that are going to be any good, at all, for most women to use.  A two handed weapon is much more appropriate if you lack physical strength, there is a reason the Naginata was considered the "Women's weapon" in some circles in medieval Japan.  I never understand why they do not allow the female fighter to use a spear, it is light, fast, and with two hands on it, can do a whole lot to work around a stronger opponent, especially with efficient use of footwork and reach.

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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2022, 10:34:52 AM »
  Well, many of the movies out there use certain weapons that end up favored by women, like rapiers and Bows.  A rapier is quite heavy and one handed.  A bow, especially a war bow starts at a draw of around 65 pounds.  These are NOT weapons that are going to be any good, at all, for most women to use.  A two handed weapon is much more appropriate if you lack physical strength, there is a reason the Naginata was considered the "Women's weapon" in some circles in medieval Japan.  I never understand why they do not allow the female fighter to use a spear, it is light, fast, and with two hands on it, can do a whole lot to work around a stronger opponent, especially with efficient use of footwork and reach.
Plus, for many historical settings, the spear was the primary weapon of war for the foot soldier. Swords were fancy weapons for nobles.

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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2022, 05:57:50 PM »
I never understand why they do not allow the female fighter to use a spear, it is light, fast, and with two hands on it, can do a whole lot to work around a stronger opponent, especially with efficient use of footwork and reach.
Plus, spears are better than swords!

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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2022, 06:14:55 PM »
I never understand why they do not allow the female fighter to use a spear, it is light, fast, and with two hands on it, can do a whole lot to work around a stronger opponent, especially with efficient use of footwork and reach.
Plus, spears are better than swords!



  I will watch the video, but before I do, I do not agree spears are better than swords, and that is not what I said.  I said a spear is a better weapon for a woman (smaller and weaker and likely slower than a man) than a sword.   If anything the Roman legions proved beyond a doubt the sword is a fantastic weapon for armies to use.  Just expensive compared to a spear. 

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Re: They're coming for Zorro now (gender-swapped Zorro)
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2022, 06:19:43 PM »
Somehow I put my blurb in the quote box, whoops.