Those strong female characters...

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Those strong female characters...

snarknemesis snarknemesis
I'm just curious to see which female characters people think are especially strong and serve as good role models, in any media. I had a friend say that they weren't interested in reading The Hunger Games because of the female main character. Has anyone else heard comments like this? Who do you think is especially good to look up to?
08/08/2012
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I haven't heard much about The Hunger Games except that a lot of people like it.

As for strong female characters, I've always loved Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. I'd say why, but it would be a big spoiler for anyone that hasn't read the books. Also she's much cooler in the books than the movies. The movies make her a weaker character. Really sad because she kicks some ass in the books.
08/08/2012
toxie m toxie m
"Strong Female Characters" always makes me think of Hark! A Vagrant: link
08/08/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Mina Murray in Alan Moore's graphic novel "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" -
Quartermain: Why place a woman among such dangerous men?
Mina (amused disdain): Dangerous men? Mr. Quartermain, you have no idea ...

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, in Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series - pretty much a steampunk bluestocking who is not pretty or thin, and is married to a werewolf because she's too assertive and opinionated for Victorian England to stand. (And she bashes bad guys over the head with a weighted parasol.)

Harriet Vane in Dorothy L. Sayers' "Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries" - an independent mystery writer in 1930's Britain with the intelligence and assertiveness to be equal to gentleman crime-solver Lord Peter (who had hounded her to marry him through three out of the four novels they're both featured in).

My ex-husband admired the character Honor Harrington, though I've never read her stuff.
08/08/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
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Originally posted by snarknemesis
I'm just curious to see which female characters people think are especially strong and serve as good role models, in any media. I had a friend say that they weren't interested in reading The Hunger Games because of the female main character. ...
Buffy!
08/08/2012
Sammi Sammi
I love Lisbeth Salander. I'm not sure if she's the best role model, but she's definitely a strong character.

My other favorite is Ellen Ripley.
08/08/2012
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