Did you know there’s a prolific male fantasy author who has made several books in which the primary cast is mostly female characters?
Did you know that virtually every female character in his books are well-rounded people with a wide variety of personalities, body types, etc?
Did you know that some of the most badass characters in the series are women?
Did you know that even in the books with male main characters female characters are given respect and are rarely love interests?
Did you know that those that are love interests have their own lives outside of that, are more then matches for the main character, and in some cases it could be more considered that the main character is THEIR love interest?
Did you know that female warriors in this series wear sensible armour?
Did you know that the one character that ends up naked as a necessity treats it as a drawback and does her best to mitigate the issue without it ever turning into a sexual thing from a writing perspective, including, amazingly enough, the one time she had to fight another naked woman in mud?
Did you know there’s a feminist character who wields femininity as a strength, and not a weakness?
Did you know that the first serious, budgeted attempt to bring it to life in video was based on one of the books with a female protagonist?
Let me tell you about Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
<wide beaming smile> “Hello ma’am. I’m here to tell you about Terry Pratchettnowaitdon’tclosethedoor - ” <wedges foot between door and wall> “I know what you’re going to say: ‘I don’t like fantasy’, but, ma’am, Discworld books are not like other fantasy! Here you shall find no chosen ones or long dangerous quests! Instead there are detective stories, war narratives, political thrillers, and many other things, and all written in the same wonderfully descriptive and hilarious language - Pratchett truly is a master of British wit! And did you know there’s a strong undercurrent of social criticism as well? It really is a many-layered series. In fact, I have a free sample here, if you’re interested, which of course you are - ouch my foot, almost closed the door there, haha!
So, if you like whodunnits you might start with the Watch series, or if you’re more into steampunk Going Postal might be a good one for you. On the other hand, if you’re really into feminist literature the best books to start with might be the Witches series, although naturally all books are distinctly feminist in - what did you say? Romance? Why yes, not in all books of course - a romantic arc isn’t necessary for a good story, didn’t you know? - but there are quite a few romantic subplots, including the most adorable happily married couple in the history of - What? No, no sex. <cough>although there’s plenty of fanfiction around if you’re into that sort of thing<cough> So I’ll note you down for the entire series then…? What? You’re not interested? But but there is gender equality and brilliant worldbuilding and amazing character evolutions and and puns no don’t close the do- <bangs the closed door> “It passes the Bechdel test!” <wails> “There are crossdressing lesbian vampires!”