Hi all, So, I've just rewritten from scratch a story I half-wrote when I was 15. I changed a lot, but two things that stayed similar are 2/3 of the big female characters. One is a nigh-silent badass, who takes no shit and is very cold. She's not a bad person; think good guy assassin. The other is a character I'm very happy with - sweary, grumpy teen shown via flashback portions, who the male lead is in unrequited love with. It's initially suggested that she was killed along male lead's other friends; while this turns out not to be true (she's instead comatose in his care), the pain of it is part of his motivation. So I'm worried I've ended up with generic female badass, and generic 'woman in fridge' (google it if necessary, but it's the trope of using a woman's trauma to motivate a male character - generally killing them, which is how it will seem for 2/3 of the book). Am I doomed? Are these things as bad as they seem to me right now? These elements are pretty core to the book - barely possible to rewrite, unless someone somehow has a miracle idea. Help! p.s. The 3/3 female character is a Palestinian ghost from 1900 who lives on in a world made of her memories, who is scared and selfish but good when she feels she has the choice - I'm happy with her.