Kick Ass Heroines: Part #3
Wednesdays I devote the blog conversation to what I love about my genre, fantasy, and what I think y’all love about it, too.
I talked earlier about the Bad Girl Archetype: We Love Her, We Hate Her, We Want to Be Her and Characteristics of a Kick-Ass Heroine Archetype. You could call them Part 1 and 2, if you want!
Today I continue my exploration of these Kick Ass Heroines that I love in books, movies and TV shows. Hence, part #3!
Because we women need, want, crave role models — women we can look up too!
I’ve switched my focus from Bad Ass to Kick Ass, an slight shift to focus away from the “bad” and all that word can mean and toward the “kick” part.
A Kick Ass heroine and archetype is one who takes action, kicks butt, and is fearless, bold, and often needs to be in charge.
Here’s some more of mine! I’d love to hear who your favorite kick ass heroines are!
I have recently really enjoyed Alice in the Resident Evil movies. Maybe it has something to do with the actress Milla Jovovich. (I actually love all the kick ass roles she plays!) I love the theme of girl vs. the evil corporation and the quest for an Eden-like place in a world of zombies and very few humans.
I’m addicted to the TV show Bones, and just love it for a lot of reasons, including the portrayal of the lead character, Temperance Brennan, or Bones, played by the brilliant and talented actress, Emily Deschanel. That she’s the lead, and brilliant and doesn’t hesitant to defend herself — for all these reasons I love her, and I identify with her. I love that Bones is the star of the show, and that she works with a brilliant team, including the sexy FBI agent, Seely Booth, played beautifully by David Boreanz.
One of my early idols is Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, in the Terminator movies, especially the second one, Terminator: Judgment Day. What biceps and attitude! She’s also a great example of kick ass heroine as mother. Her single-mindedness and willingness to do what it takes shines through. I admire her for that!
On to a few books! I’ve mentioned this book in an earlier post, but I need to mention it again within the contest of kick ass heroines. It’s Sharon Shinn’s Mystic and Rider. The heroine, the mystic Senneth, is mysterious, regal and powerful. She doesn’t hesitate to use her fire power for good yet is also burdened by her responsibilities to the kind. I admire her determination and how she allows herself to evolve. But I don’t want to tell you how. You’ll have to read the book!
Lastly, today, I’ll mention a book I dip into occasionally: Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World by Kathleen Ragan. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I love fairy tales. I’m deeply inspired by the ones I heard and read in my childhood. In fact, I was inspired to write my novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, because I didn’t see enough fearless girls in the tales of my childhood. Enjoy the extraordinary stories! And may more stories about fearless women and girls be shared with the world!
Who are your favorite kick ass heroines? And why do you love them?!