Can we talk about ladies in Band of Brothers? The thing I really adore about this fandom is how it basically created female characters. All we really got was bit of Renee but in fics we have Kitty (my favorite thing is how Kitty's appearances like hair color change but she's always firecracker), Frannie, Faye, Blanche, Ann (Dick's sister), both Joe's older sisters, Lip's mum, Gene's grandmere, Babe's Ma is often featured in Baberoe. How do you see (imagine) Bob ladies? Looks and personality?
I love all the ladies! The fandom’s ingenuity really delights me sometimes – unlike the Pacific, where we’re given at least a few lady characters, BoB really doesn’t give us much, so we work with what we’ve got. I’ve read so many fantastic fics featuring these girls, so I’d love to talk about them!
Kitty Grogan, in my head, is definitely a firecracker (she’d have to be, to keep Harry under control). I’ve seen her fancast as Rachel McAdams a lot, but I also really like Sara Canning. Kitty’s really determined, clever, good at getting by on her own. She’s also shamelessly dorky and completely in love with her spaz of a husband. She has a really fantastic laugh.
Frannie Peca (Guarnere) is also tough, but in a completely different way. She’s never Bill’s keeper, but she definitely reins him in when he starts to spin out of control (Bill is very impulsive; Fran is much better at keeping her head). She has a temper to rival a wildfire, and is absolutely fearless. She’s confident, ambitious, and capable of handling herself – don’t think she’ll take anyone’s shit. She’s also compassionate and thoughtful, and has a great sense of humor. I see her as a slightly curvier version of Eve Harlow.
Ann Winters is a lot more outgoing than her brother, and definitely shares Nix’s dry sense of humor. As a result, they get on too well – Dick is a suffering soul. She’s kind of a tomboy, up for anything, bubbly and adventurous. I see her looking like Annalise Basso.
Blanche Nixon is probably my favorite girl that the fandom’s come up with – I just love her so much and a part of me doesn’t even know why. I picture her as taking in the same vein as her brother in a lot of stuff – she’s cynical, witty, and sharp as a knife. She’s also a lot more sensitive than Nix, more prone to losing her temper, and can hold a grudge for years. That said, her joy is infectious. She’s got expensive tastes, is fiercely loyal, too stubborn for her own good, and thinks she’s more worldly than she really is. Definitely her brother’s sister! My headcanon Blanche would be Hannah Taylor-Gordon.
Faye Tanner I see as really sweet, creative, and intelligent, with an emotional side she’s not afraid to show. She has a wicked sense of humor, and is loyal to a fault. She has the prettiest smile, and her laugh is really dorky – Skip thinks it’s the greatest thing in the world. She’s a really charming person, and happy in general. The worst liar in the world; also, possibly, the worst dancer, but she tries. Jessica de Gouw is my ideal Faye.
Anna (Renee’s nurse friend in the hospital) is actually based off of Augusta Chiwy, the historical nurse who also served in Bastogne. (No idea why the series changed this, but oh well.) I wanted to do a lot more with Anna in my Demon AU than I got the chance to, and I feel like she got overshadowed a lot, which I regret. I write Anna as being on the quiet, serious side, slow to trust, but highly intelligent and dedicated. It takes a while for her to come out of her shell, but once she does she has a wry sense of humor and is open with her friends. My headcanon for her is Jerrika Hinton. (rivlee writes a fantastic Anna as well, though her portrayal is a lot different from mine!)
I also see Babe’s sister Maggie portrayed pretty often as well, and to me she’s a total spitfire Philly girl! She’s the youngest kid, behind four brothers, so she fights to keep up with them a lot. She knows how to hold her own, and she’s sparky! Sadie Sink is Maggie in my head.
As for the other ladies, I’ll never be able to think of Mama Lipton in any way other than she was portrayed in the fantastic A New Mode of Living by Perpetual Motion. That fic killed me, resurrected me, then killed me again several times, and Mama in that was just amazing. Babe’s mother keeps all her kids in line through force of will alone; Dick’s mother is traditional but kind, and very close to her son; Liebgott has a gaggle of sisters who terrorize him; Mama Luz is a human hurricane. Doc Roe has two older sisters, Winnie and Minnie, who are practically twins (practically, as in they were born a year and a half apart, but that never bothered them). The Toye sisters still call Joe their “baby brother” even though he could easily pick them both up at the same time.
I just have a lot of feelings about BoB ladies okay