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30 Days of Awesome Ladies

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Day Thirty: Whatever you’d like!

Here are a few more female characters, mostly from television, whom I either had trouble categorizing or didn't love/know about when I first started this meme. Image heavy, work safe )
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30 Days of Awesome Ladies

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Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic rec:

Going to go with this one, since I just read it and loved it: The Material Properties of Memory by [livejournal.com profile] ignipes. X-Men: First Class, gen, focused on Emma Frost, with appearances by Mystique, Erik, and Charles. This is a brilliant, beautifully written look at Emma. This Emma is complex and introspective, deceptive, but not without compassion.

And on a lighter note, I also recommend the Emma-centric The Emperor's New Clothes, which is about Erik's spectacularly bad costume choices. It's very funny.

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thistlerose: (MLP: Fluttershy)
30 Days of Awesome Ladies

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Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.):

I tend not to pay much attention to who writers for film and television, to be honest. Which is a bit sad. A few whose names have lodged in my memory: DC Fontana, who wrote some of my favorite Star Trek: TOS episodes; Amy Sherman-Palladino, who wrote about strong, highly motivated, highly caffeinated women on "Gilmore Girls"; Lauren Faust, who totally revitalized "My Little Pony" with wonderful female characters. There are probably many, many others, but I can't think of them at the moment. I'm probably forgetting some Very Important People.

For literature ... gah, I don't know! I love Margaret Atwood, though I haven't read her in a few years. (The last book of hers that I read was The Penelopiad. I have Oryx & Crake in a box in my closet.) Cat's Eye is one of my favorite books of all time. It's about the not-so-nice side of female friendship, and it's gorgeous and wrenching.

I also love Louisa May Alcott, though I have to take her in small doses, as she's so very, very, very wholesome. But I read Little Women over and over and over again as a child, and, years later, when I was finally willing to read books about boys, I read and loved Jo's Boys and Little Men.

Going even farther back in time, I love Sei Shonagon, who wrote The Pillow Book. She could be insightful, amusingly catty (she didn't much care for her rival, Lady Murasaki), and wonderfully poetic. Also, she liked lists, which - I do too.

I'm leaving out lots of people, but those are the ones who spring to mind first, so I'll just call them my favorites and move on.

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thistlerose: (BtVS: Buffy)
I keep forgetting to finish this meme. But it's haaaard. There are so many awesome female characters.

I do want to re-do Day Eight before I proceed. Not because I don't love Leela, but because I finally thought of a woman in a comedy series whom I like better.

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Day Eight revised: favorite female character in a comedy show:



Leslie Knope from "Parks & Recreation." I love her, I love her, I love her. I love that she is funny without being clownish, that she's a feminist, and a loyal friend, and a passionate public servant and a total overachiever.

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30 Days of Awesome Ladies (I realized the other day that I never finished this meme)

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Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for:



Nikki Wood from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Well, considering how little we see of her, it's extensive. I had this whole epic story in my head, of how she became a Slayer. Not that I ever wrote any of it. I wasn't sure I could properly capture the feel of Manhattan in the mid-1970s, and by the time I got to the fandom, enthusiasm for BtVS was waning, at least among my friends. So I just told Nikki's story to myself.

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30 Days of Fanfic

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27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

In bed, slumped against a pile of pillows. My desk chair isn't that comfy, and there's really no other place in the house where I can write without distraction. Not that the cats aren't nuisances sometimes, but I can distract them with my laser pointer or squirt them with my water bottle. I can't do that with my housemates' kids. *g*

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thistlerose: (BtVS: Buffy)
Fics I wrote in October (and not all of them are X-Men!)

X-Men: First Class

A Day at the Beach
Darwin/Alex | teen | 4,850 words | Alex and Darwin spend a day at the beach.

For Now
Erik & Angel | all ages | 280 words | She came to him to explain, not apologize.

Ghosts
Darwin/Alex, Scott | all ages | 100 words | When he's afraid and alone, Alex closes his eyes and pretends that he isn't.

Haunted
Darwin/Alex | all ages | 100 words | Darwin isn't exactly dead, but he isn't exactly alive either.

Glee

How It's Gonna Be
Burt & Kurt | all ages | 322 words | Burt knows what his six-year-old son will say to his costume suggestion, but he figures he's gotta ask.

I didn't write anywhere near as much as I would have liked. I don't know what's wrong with me these days!
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30 Days of Awesome Ladies (I realized the other day that I never finished this meme)

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Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like):

I've thought about this and thought about this, and I honestly have no idea. Sorry. I can't settle on one.

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30 Days of Fanfic

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26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a story?

The most fun thing I had to research was all the background info on the Plantagenets for Nobody's Good Son. Probably the most frustrating thing I ever had to research was how to beat someone up the proper way, for A Show of Strength. All the BDSM sites I visited kept telling me how not to hurt somebody badly.

Researching porn is always sort of interesting too. The last time I did, it was to find out if I could actually get three people into a particular position. (The answer is yes, but one of them would keep bumping his head on the other one's tummy.)

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Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship



Lorelai Gilmore wasn't my Favorite Mother Character (day 16) because I was saving her for this category. Lorelai isn't just a kick-ass mom; she also has a fantastic relationship with her teenage daughter, Rory. Lorelai is freaking amazing. She sets off to raise her daughter on her own, without her parents, without Rory's father, because that isn't the life she wants. She's very independent, but she isn't too proud to ask for help when she realizes that she needs it. Rory never interested me quite as much as her mother did, but for the first few seasons, I found their relationship really heartwarming. They need each other. They're best friends. It's awesome. Er. Until the show jumped the shark, but whatever. I just pretend the show ends with Rory graduating from Chilton.

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Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship

I don't know if they mean f/f or m/f, so here's both. Also, I'm sticking to canon ships.



Obviously. Oh, Willow and Tara warmed my heart. And I actually started watching BtVS with Season Four, so this was my first Willow-centric ship. Agh, they were so adorable. The end of S6 hit me hard. I stupidly watched "Seeing Red" for the first time the night before a job interview, and oh man, I was preoccupied the next day. But they were awesome until then! Well, until Willow became addicted to magic. But before then. They bloomed in each other's presence. Willow was more assertive and protective around Tara, and Tara was more self-confident around Willow. *sigh* Oh, my girls.

Small Willow/Tara pic spam. One pic might not be considered SFW, although only bare shoulders are showing. )



And then we have Castle and Beckett. They're driving me crazy, but I kind of love it because, at this point, it's almost comical. (Or not. We'll see how the new season begins.) I love that they bicker and argue - I have such a weakness for banter - but they make such a kick-ass team. I love the fact that even though it's his name in the title, he's really her sidekick. Kate's the one with the serious issues and the backstory. It's her mystery they're solving. He's just there to support her. And he knows it. (Seriously, though, guys. Get it together.)

Mini Castle/Beckett pic spam. )

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Day Twenty-Three: Favorite female platonic relationship



You need someone who gets you when nobody else does. Daria Morgendorfer has Jane Lane to make her feel less alone in her wry little world. I have nothing profound to say since it's been ages since I watched the show, but I greatly enjoyed their snarky, loving relationship.

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thistlerose: (forget-me-nots)
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Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates



This is hyperbole, of course; Relena Peacecraft has plenty of fans. Still, before joining the Gundam Wing fandom, I'd never encountered such virulent hatred for a character. I'm not talking about the fans who simply never warmed to her; there are characters to whom we're drawn and character to whom we aren't drawn. I'm talking about the people who devoted considerable time and energy to bashing.

What did she do that was so dreadful? If I recall: she was ugly, she was stupid, her head was too big, she whined, she was boring, she chased after Heero, she shot at Lady Une, she failed to kill Lady Une, she was a cross-dresser (what??), she talked to the empty air, she had a death-wish... I'm not making any of that up. This is probably her most grievous sin: Heero liked her.

I didn't always like Relena. But the vitriol caused me to start examining my reasons for disliking her, and I decided that she's actually pretty awesome. She is a bit whiny in the beginning. But think about where she's coming from. She's the fifteen-year-old daughter of a diplomat and his wife. She's been sheltered all her life and she's bored. She meets Heero and through him, she starts to become aware of a larger world. To her, he isn't just a human weapon; he's a broken boy, and she wants to understand and save him. So, what does she do? Well, she chases him for a little while. Then her father gets assassinated and she finds out she's a long-lost princess (of course *g*). So she adopts a pacifist outlook and opens a school for the daughters, nieces, and granddaughters of politicians, so they can learn how to govern peacefully.

Thinking they'll turn her into a puppet, the bad guys make her Queen of the World (seriously) but she uses her charisma to turn the tables on them. After the war, she follows her stepdad's path and becomes a diplomat, negotiating peace between the Earth and the space colonies. At sixteen.

She grows up, in other words. And she stops chasing after Heero about halfway through the series. In fact, he's the one who keeps popping up when she's in danger. (And sometimes he shows up to place her in danger.) Or to deliver teddy bears.

(Beauty is subjective, of course, but her head is not too big. It's anime! And yes, she does talk to the empty air at least once. She was saying what she wished she'd had a chance to say to Heero before he dashed off.)

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thistlerose: (BtVS: Faith)
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Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist



Faith Lehane. She shows up, and my sexuality does an abrupt 180. Not for Eliza Dushku. Just Faith.

Why Faith? Because she's, in her own words, a hot chick with superpowers. Because she's so gorgeously screwed up. Because of the bravado she uses to hide her hurt. Because slaying makes her hungry and horny and she's happy to let you know. Because she's like the flip-side of Buffy; she shows us what can happen when a superhero abuses her powers. Because she steers Xander "'round the curves." Because she doesn't think she needs anyone, when she really does. Because she hates Buffy and envies her. Because she's a bad guy for a while - and, really, she does some horrible things - but she's still a Slayer, and that comes through - to her dismay - when she realizes she can't just leave people in danger. Because she's so flummoxed when Riley says he loves her (thinking she's Buffy, of course). Because she knows she screwed up, but she tries to atone, first by trying to get Angel to kill her, then by simply turning herself over to the police. Because she realizes that redemption isn't a one-shot deal; it's something you have to work at continuously, maybe for the rest of your life.

Unf. )

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Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character



In the Trek universe, Kira Nerys was a whole new breed of good guy. (Well, maybe not that new, since the character was created when they couldn't convince Michelle Forbes to reprise her role of Ro Laren for DS9.) She's everything the Federation folks aren't: she grew up on a war-torn planet, she's angry, she embraces violence, she's distrustful of authority, and she's deeply spiritual (although she's willing to question what she's told when it doesn't line up with her experience). She's adamantly non-Federation, although she's willing to work with them. Grudgingly. I love the way she dresses down Bashir when they first meet. He's all bright-eyed and excited about being a frontier doctor, and she's all, "Well, your frontier is my home, and you're pissing me off." Kira: 1, Bashir: 0.

She's belligerent but she isn't rigid. Her world view changes over the course of the series. She comes to trust, even love her co-workers. I wouldn't say she softens, but she matures. She comes to terms with her past. I think she's one of the better developed characters in the Trek 'verse, which may be due in part to the structure of DS9.

Bottom line: Kira is fierce as fuck. Don't mess with her.

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Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character



When I confessed to my mom - who hates all medical dramas categorically - that I watched "Grey's Anatomy," she asked me which of the guys I was watching it for. Er, right. Because that's the only reason I'd watch something. Thanks, Mom. To be honest, none of the guys really appealed to me that strongly. I was all about Dr. Cristina Yang. (And, to a slightly lesser extent, Miranda Bailey, Addison Montgomery, and Callie Torres.) Oh, Cristina.

She is ... driven. To the point of social awkwardness sometimes. And she can come across as cold. But she really isn't. She has a heart, and she's passionate about her work. I love that she's such a self-promoter. It's something I struggle with. A lot of women do, because we're taught to downplay our talents. Cristina doesn't do that. She's awesome and she knows it and she will tell you all about it. Bluntly. She's also there for her friends, especially Meredith. She's Meredith's person. Meredith, please to be ditching McDreamy and taking up with Dr. Yang. No? Oh, well.

It doesn't hurt that Sandra Oh is sexy as hell.

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thistlerose: (Firefly: Zoe)
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Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character



Zoe Alleyne Washburne is cool and deadly when she needs to be, but warm and teasing (and snarky) with the people she loves - whom you could count on the fingers of one hand. Terse, maybe a bit reserved, she isn't a natural leader the way Mal is, but she's proven that she can lead. She can think on her feet (and shoot you on her feet, or in mid-air, or on her back, or coming up from a somersault...) and she has your back.

Zoe is, in other words, totally badass.

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Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character



Aww, Hazel Tyler from Queer as Folk UK. She has an enormous capacity for love, but she will look you in the eye and tell you when you're full of it. She sort of becomes a mom to all the characters over the course of the show, though she does try to reconcile Nathan and Janice (and largely succeeds, it would seem). She loves her kid unconditionally (well - who couldn't love Vince?) She knows how to have fun. She's daring. She's independent. She's kind of a mess, but whatever. Punching a cop, Hazel? Well, it seems to have worked out. *g* I wish we had more on her, but the show only lasted for 12 beautiful episodes.

In case anyone's wondering, yes, I like Hazel better than her American counterpart, Deb. I found Deb a little too overbearing. Actually, I like almost everything about the UK version better. Except Emmett > Alexander. But then, Emmett > almost everyone.

Because I couldn't find much on Hazel, here's another mom I love. She's from a web comic, not a tv series, and her baby hasn't been born yet, but ... whatever. )

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Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc



Gwen Cooper wasn't my first choice for this one, but I'm using my top two in other categories, so. Which is not to knock Gwen at all. She's awesome. In fact, she, Rhys, and Lois were pretty much the only reasons I sat through all of "Children of Earth."

Really, I picked Gwen for this category because, honestly? I didn't really like her during most of the first season of "Torchwood." She made some stupid mistakes. Which she learned from. She figured out her priorities. She started getting better at her job. And now we're at the point where, honestly? Jack can take his sparkly emo tears and his manpain (the links go to thingswithwings's brilliant vid and essay) and go, because Gwen has it covered, thank you very much. And that's character development.

Also, Eve Myles makes me feel a little better about the gap between my front teeth. :)

More Gwen being beautiful and kick-ass )

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thistlerose: (science: astronomy)
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Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character



Does Guinan fall into the Magical Negro Trope? (TVTropes link - sorry.) Mmmm ... it's debatable. I don't think bartender aboard the Enterprise is a lowly job; I think it's an awesome job. It's something she clearly enjoys.

She has mysterious powers and she dispenses a lot of wisdom while serving up drinks at Ten Forward. But she also goes on adventures, and you know that she's been on a lot of adventures over the course of her long life. She can out-fence Picard and out-shoot Worf. Q fears her. She's often a better counselor than Troi. She has an understandable hate-on for the Borg, but she's able to recognize the humanity in Hugh. It doesn't hurt that she plays important roles in three of my favorite TNG episodes ("Yesterday's Enterprise," "The Measure of a Man," and "I, Borg.")

At the end of the day, Guinan is definitely someone you want on your team.

And Whoopi Goldberg imbued her with a lot of warmth and humor. As annoyed as I am with Goldberg re. her remark about Roman Polanski, it hasn't diminished Guinan's appeal to me.

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Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book



Princess Eilonwy (daughter of Angharad, daughter of Regat) is another sentimental favorite, because, really, how am I supposed to choose??? I discovered Eilonwy (and Lloyd Alexander) when I was ten or eleven, and she was a revelation to me. She was a kick-ass young woman in a high fantasy setting, who spoke her mind and did what she wanted, and was usually right. Oh, and she made heroic sacrifices for her friends and helped save the world a bunch of times. And she was funny.

You could say she was mean to Taran, though shrewish is going way too far. She could be a little waspish, but, you know? He wasn't so innocent. "Instead of swords, you should be playing with dolls!" Nice, Taran. "If you try to leave the castle, I'll put a guard on you!" Yeah, that's going to go over well with her, buddy.

Not that I'd ever want them to stop bickering, but by the end of the third book, they've both grown up quite a bit.

Anyway, Eilonwy is all sorts of kick-ass, whether she's in battle or out. And Disney got her hellaciously wrong. To wit )

ETA: You know who'd be an adorable Eilonwy? Who even has the right hair color? Molly Quinn from "Castle."

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thistlerose: (Star Wars: Leia)
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Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie



Like it was ever going to be anyone else.

There are characters who are more fully realized than Leia Organa (though not in the Star Wars series). There are characters who get to do a lot more. But she was there first. I honestly can't remember the first time I saw "Star Wars." It was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. So she was a seminal part of my growing up. She influenced the games I played as a child, and the stories I started writing as I got older. Hell, when I'm riding my bike, I still sometimes pretend I'm Leia on her speeder, dodging Storm Troopers among the redwoods of California trees of Endor.

Trufax: when I was little, I thought Obi-Wan Kenobi served Bail Organa in the Cologne Wars. (I didn't know what a clone was!) So I'd get out my action figures, my Barbie dolls, my ponies, and my bottles of kiddie perfumes, and we would go to war.

More Leia )

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Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show



It sucks to be Princess Romelle. Her older brother gets turned into a robeast and dies/swims away and is never seen again. Her father goes mad. Her younger brother is kind of annoying. She's kidnapped by Lotor, made to think she lured the Voltron Force to their deaths, probably raped*, and tossed into the Pit of Skulls. Oh, and the original version of the series ends with the man she loves falling to his death. Nice.

And yet, in the face of all this, she never gives up. Pit of Skulls? No problem. She recognizes Sven (whom she's never even met in person!) and convinces him to help her escape. She vows to return and free all the slaves on Planet Doom. And she does! She's tossing grenades and dodging lasers in her tiny pink skirt and her go-go boots (it was the 80s).

This is what happens when you try to cross Romelle. )

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