meme: 30 days of female awesome

30 Days of Female Awesome

Taken from here.

Day One: Favorite lead female character
Day Two: Favorite supporting female character
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love
Day Four: A female character you relate to
Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show
Day Six: Favorite female-driven show
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show
Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie
Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book
Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character
Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc
Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character
Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character
Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character
Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character
Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon
Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates
Day Twenty-Thre: Favorite female platonic relationship
Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship
Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship
Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like)
Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for
Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)
Day Twenty-Nine:  A female-centric fic rec
Day Thirty: Whatever you’d like!

30 Days of Female Awesome: Day Eleven - Favorite from Literature
Beth March

I’m not like the rest of you. I never made any plans about what I’d do when I grew up. I never thought of being married, as you all did. I couldn’t seem to imagine myself anything but stupid little Beth, trotting about at home, of no use anywhere but there. I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all.”

30 Days of Female Awesome Challenge

Day One: Favorite Female Main Character

I considered choosing Mina Harker for this, but my blog is rapidly becoming in danger of All Dracula All the Time, so I thought I’d spotlight the girl who got me through my pre-teen years- Princess Cimorene of Linderwall, from the Enchanted Forrest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede.  It’s a familiar setup- a rebellious Princess doesn’t like her arranged marriage and runs away- but what really endeared Cimorene to me was a combination of snark, courage, and what can only be described as nerdiness; a love of learning obscure but useful things, from magic to Latin to dessert recipes.  I’ve heard some people criticize her for choosing to become the Chief Cook and Librarian for a (female) dragon, trading one subservient female role for another, but come on- it’s what she loved to do, and it was so entertaining to watch her do it  Besides, considering how much she goes on to do in the rest of the books, Dealing with Dragons could have been retitled Student Internships with Dragons.

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Day Twenty-Five: Favourite sister relationship - Sandry, Tris, Daja Briar

(gorgeous art by minuiko​)

Ok Briar gets a free pass right?? Because the sibling relationship of the Circle kids is my fav ever, and it’s ¾ girls. I’m gonna include him here as he’s a vital part, and also he’s so respectful and lovely to women that it’s no disrespect having him here too.

So the four Circle children come from very different backgrounds, and through tragedy and hardship they all end up at the Winding Circle temple in Emelan. They’re taken in by Dedicates Lark and Rosethorn, and gradually they learn to live with each other. The first of the Circle of Magic books is really about the four personalities finding a way to fit together. Each of them is in desperate need of a family. They’re all ambient mages in training, and while their magics differ, the Circle kids are so in each others lives that their magic begins to overlap. In fact, they combine it all together in order to survive an earthquake, and from this point on a solid, magical and familial bond is created. The children can speak to each other in their minds, and use aspects of the others’ magic. 

There comes a point when the four children separate, in order to continue their education in the wider world. They grow apart, and are often physically too far away from each other to speak mind to mind. However, their sibling relationship is a deep part of all four, and even when they cannot consult their sisters or brother, they imagine their reactions and use it as advice. When they rejoin years later, it takes a while for them to fully open themselves up to each other once more, having all had hard experiences while apart. But the reforging of their bond, and the renewed trust in each other is their salvation at the end of the book, and the Circle kids remain the best siblings ever.

30 Days of Female Awesome Day 15

Favorite female character growth arc.

Man this is a toughie. I know I have lots of favorites, but nothing comes to mind immediately. Let me just look at what I’ve been reading lately….ah ha!

Noriko from From Far Away (I know it’s pretty awkward wording) has a pretty great growth arc. It’s basically the entire manga really. She’s sucked into a mysterious fantasy world suddenly and learns that she’s the key to awakening the “Sky Demon.”

Along the way she actively tries to learn the language and be a help however she can. Noriko isn’t a fighter, but she kicks ass in a way that really counts: she always helps her friends however she can. It’s refreshing to see her positive attitude in action, and in turn that inspires her allies to do their best also.

Plus her relationship with Izark is really cute. I have the last two volumes to read still, hope I like the ending!

DAY TWENTY-FIVE | FAVORITE MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP

Sana and Misako Kurata, Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha: Child’s Toy)

Usually, when a mother tells her daughter, “I found you,” she’s just teasing. But not in our family. Others might think that it’s bad luck to say that - but we don’t. We think it was good luck for both of us that I found her. 

I cannot praise the Kurata family enough. Originally I was taking forever thinking of/deciding on a mother and daughter pair - subconciously trying to save face by listing my favorite pairs from literature - but then I decided to be honest. And this is it. This adopted, utterly crazy, hyperactive, child actor and her equally as crazy yet strangely stoic author mother are my favorite mother and daughter in all of fiction. They’re great characters with a great relationship filled with ups and downs but always centered around love and concern for the other. 

Also, they’re hilarious. The Gilmore Girls, pffffffffffffft.

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Day Fourteen: Favourite older female character

Sakae Jinnouchi, Summer Wars

Summer Wars was the last actual anime movie we watched as part of our school’s anime club. I really admired Sakae’s determination and how she could keep the family together whilst at an old age. Not to mention, she’s pretty hardcore.

“On your feet and die like a man.”

Challenge by demarches.

30 Days of Female Awesome.
Day One | Favorite lead female character

THE SIXTH MODEL from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
CAPRICA | HEAD SIX | NATALIE FAUST | SHELLY GODFREY | GINA INVIERE | ET ALL.

❝ I want the pain. It’s how I learn. I was instrumental in the destruction of humanity, but at the same time I learned, because…because I fell in love…with a human man, and he was mortal and fallible. And he had this incredible pride in himself. He thought he knew everything there was to know. And I loved him, with my whole heart. And then one day, I realized I wouldn’t have him forever. I understood what I’d done. How I betrayed him and humanity. And that pain taught me to understand death. Baltar could die. And I loved him. Baltar’s heart was ephemeral. Baltar’s body was fragile in my hands. ❞

DAY TWENTY-ONE - Favorite Female Character Screwed Over by Canon: Barbara Minerva

Let’s climb into the wayback machine and travel to a distant era two decades past, when George Perez was tasked with rebooting the Wonder Woman franchise for the post-Crisis era. Generally, memorable superheroes have memorable archenemies, so Perez also rebooted Diana’s most prominent foe, the Cheetah. He discarded most of the trappings of the pre-Crisis Cheetah (who was a perfectly mundane woman in a cat suit and thus perhaps not a demigod’s greatest challenge), and attached the name to a new character, Professor Barbara Minerva, doctor of archaeology.

From the very beginning, this new character was custom-tailored to be the perfect enemy for Wonder Woman. The best summation of her character might be “evil Indiana Jones”; as a clever, curious, adventurous relic hunter, Minerva was in a position to deal constantly with powerful divine artifacts and amazon relics, very in keeping with the Wonder Woman theme of gods and monsters. As a brilliant doctor of the sciences, Minerva had a wide knowledge base and a scheming mind, capable of twice outwitting even Diana’s vaunted Wisdom of Athena. As the victim of a terrible divine curse, Minerva had the speed and strength of a god, and every time they physically fought, Diana was saved from certain death only by the assistance of a third party.

And then Perez left the book, and Minerva has steadily become more and more of a clusterfuck with every successive writer. Robbed of her intelligence, her resources, her allies, her dignity, and even the very power that is the only thing she’s still known for, she’s gone from the intellectual equal of Lex Luthor and physical equal of Superman to the intellectual equal of Bizarro and the physical equal of Toyman. Greg Rucka, who was the best thing to happen to the Wondy franchise since the damn Perez reboot, turned this cold standoffish misanthrope into a literal fucking sex kitten who went belly-up about three punches into a fight. Gail Simone, who’s known to many fans primarily for turning abused, pathetic joke characters like Catman into title-carrying badasses, made her the chumped patsy of another villain, who was actually faster to take down than she was under Rucka’s pen and who cringed and whined fearfully in defeat. When even writers like those two manage to make it worse, I think it is fair to say that a character is pretty poorly done by.

But you know what? I still remember the Perez Minerva. I still remember the scheming, victorious Jimenez Minerva, and the brilliant, driven Byrne Minerva, and the deadly, semi-redeemed WML Minerva, and that is a fucking fantastic character. And I don’t care how many times she gets jobbed to Catwoman or pimped out to Snapper Fucking Carr, I will never stop loving that character, and never stop wanting her back.