Female characters…female characters have always been SO difficult for me. If you look at my list of favorite fictional characters, the overwhelming majority are male, and I’m not sure if that’s just because I’m a girl and I just don’t have as much patience with my own gender…or maybe it’s just because of a lack of good strong female characters.
Who knows. I’m not going to try to solve that nagging question right now…right now I’m gonna have fun with this tag!
Skeeter, one of the three heroines of Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help (and played by the adorable Emma Stone in the film), is my fictional soulmate in so many ways. We’re both writers, obviously, and rather opinionated ones…we’re both Southern…we’re actually the same age at this present point in time, haha…we don’t necessarily see getting a boyfriend/husband as our Primary Purpose In Life (although we certainly wouldn’t mind having one–if he’s worth having, that is!)…we refuse to be anyone’s trophies…and we hold fiercely to our beloved art.
I love Skeeter. She’s one of my best fictional friends.
2. Villain: Yzma
The Emperor’s New Groove is my favorite Disney film and Yzma cracks me up every stinkin’ time. “I’ll turn him into a flea! A harmless little flea. And then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives–AHAHAHAHA I’LL SMASH IT WITH A HAMMAH!! It’s brilliant brilliant BRILLIANT I TELL YOU–genius I say!!! Orrrrr, to save on postage, I’ll just poison him with this!”
Uh, yes, I did just type all that from memory, I swear most solemnly I did not go to IMDB and copy/paste the quote.
3. Superhero: Gamora
Gamora may very well be my favorite Marvel heroine. She has Peggy Carter’s elegance and Pepper Potts’ “I’m not putting up with your nonsense” attitude–but more importantly, she shares Natasha Romanoff’s desperation to “wipe the red out of her ledger.” One of my favorite scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy is when she walks, stately and calm, through the gauntlet of fellow prisoners who absolutely hate her guts. You realize once she’s safe in her own cell how frightened she really is–but Gamora is all but a space-princess. She’d rather die than show her fear.
Also I think Zoe Saldana is AWESOME.
4. That I would want to be friends with: Lieutenant Uhura
You didn’t think I’d get through this post without mentioning Star Trek, did you?
Uhura is PRECIOUS. She’s sweet, feminine, and a gentle influence on the Enterprise. She’s one of only three people who can tease Spock and get away with it (Captain Kirk and Amanda Grayson are the only other ones that come to mind), she sings, she cuddles the wee Tribbles, and she plays Big Sister to Chekov. But she’s strong-willed, too, and doesn’t mind doing things like…uhh…literally locking people up in closets and giving them the what-for while she does it. I’d love to be friends with Uhura; I think I’d have a lot of fun tagging along with her.
5. That I wish had better development: Peggy Bell
Peggy Bell, the young heroine of Return to Cranford, is intriguing to me. I believe there are hints of character development that just weren’t expanded upon, or perhaps fell victim to poor editing on the part of the filmmakers. She obviously knows how to ride a horse well, just not with a sidesaddle…her comment about the fence having “so many shades of grey” makes me wonder if she has an artist’s eye…and where did her stubborn, courageous streak (which abruptly springs up in the second episode) come from?
Peggy comes off as being rather boring in the first episode, and then transforms into a much more strong-willed, admirable young lady by the end. Obviously William Buxton (AKA Tom Hiddleston) had something to do with it, along with Miss Matty’s encouraging influence–but if I had my druthers we’d get more glimpses into Peggy’s head early on in the story.