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Posted on Friday 1 March 2013 at 11:23 am

30 Days of Fictional Females Meme - Day One: Favourite lead female character


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March 8 is International Women's Day (and my birthday which has always delighted my little feminist heart). In the US, the month of March is designated National Women's History Month. In honor of these facts, I've decided to do the 30 Days of Fictional Females meme that I've seen here and there for ages. I won't promise one a day for the month, but I'll give it my best shot and hopefully make up for missed days with double posts and the like.

Also, I'd just like to note up front that looking over these questions makes me realize that some of them will be very difficult to answer. If they were about favorite male whatever, I'd probably have no problem, if for no other reason than there are so many more to choose from. For females, there are some questions about which I'm having to think hard just to come up with an example of one, let alone something I'd call a favorite. Maybe that's just a matter of my personal tastes, but I doubt it. Thus the need for this meme. I'm going to make it even harder on myself by trying not to duplicate answers too much. So, for example, whoever I put for favorite female lead can't also be favorite female in a sci-fi show or in a book or whatever. We'll see how that goes.

Day One: Favourite lead female character
I've thought about this a lot and, throwing out females that I'm fairly certain I'll use in other places later in this meme, I think I've settled on two answers of lovely females leading their own series. First up is a childhood favorite: Laura Ingalls (Wilder). She was feisty and independent, pushing at the boundaries of her society, she was historical and history has always been cool to me, and I felt as a kid that her life could have been mine if I'd lived when she did. I grew up in Kansas, partly in a basic suburban community and partly in middle-of-nowhere farm country and felt this connection, with lots of jealousy on my end of the huge snow storms she got. I say all this in my power to the women meme thing but honesty forces me to admit that the book about her eventual husband's childhood, Little Farmer Boy, was always my favorite of the series.

A more recent favorite is Thursday Next, star of her eponymous series of books by Jasper Fforde. Thursday is awesome! She's strong and bad-ass and acts as an agent taking on crime in books! She jumps into books! Love books! Of course, one of the things I like best about Thursday is that she gets shit done, but she isn't always strong. She cracks, she leans on others for help, she admits when she makes mistakes. She's human.

The 30 Questions for 30 Days
Day One: Favourite lead female character
Day Two: Favourite supporting female character
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love
Day Four: A female character you relate to
Day Five: Favourite female character on a male-driven show
Day Six: Favourite female-driven show
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
Day Eight: Favourite female character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favourite female character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favourite female character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favourite female character in a children’s show
Day Twelve: Favourite female character in a movie
Day Thirteen: Favourite female character in a book
Day Fourteen: Favourite older female character
Day Fifteen: Favourite female character growth arc
Day Sixteen: Favourite mother character
Day Seventeen: Favourite warrior female character
Day Eighteen: Favourite non-warrior female character
Day Nineteen: Favourite non-human female character
Day Twenty: Favourite female antagonist
Day Twenty-One: Favourite female character screwed over by canon
Day Twenty-Two: Favourite female character you love but everyone else hates
Day Twenty-Three: Favourite female platonic relationship
Day Twenty-Four: Favourite female romantic relationship
Day Twenty-Five: Favourite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship
Day Twenty-Six: Favourite 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: Favourite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)
Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic rec
Day Thirty: Whatever you'd like

Comments:

aoife
failte_aoife at 6:22 pm on 01 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I have similar troubles with this meme, only a handful of questions are easy but for most I find it hard to think of any character.
Well OK, I now have answers for the next few days I'm just to lazy to write them down

And Thursday is simply awesome :D
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:59 pm on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
For me, the difficulty of answering many of the questions is the point of the meme. It shouldn't be difficult to think of millions of awesome female characters but it is because they just don't exist.

Share the Thursday love!
eanor
eanor at 10:39 pm on 01 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
This is an awesome meme! But I agree with you that some questions are really hard to answer. I guess I have to think about them before deciding whether to participate...

Also I agree that Thursday Next is super amazing! :-D
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:00 pm on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
We clearly need a Thursday fanclub.

For me, the difficulty of answering many of the questions is the point of the meme. It shouldn't be difficult to think of millions of awesome female characters but it is because they just don't exist.
eanor
eanor at 1:25 pm on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right concerning the point of the meme. I might snag it after all. :-) (Have started working on a list of answers already...)
Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow
qwentoozla at 4:06 am on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I think I might snag this meme! I've never done a 30 days meme before.

I love Laura Ingalls when I was a kid too. Those books were awesome! :)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:08 pm on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Snag away! Month memes are fun as long as you don't beat yourself up for missing posting a day and either taking longer than 30 days to get to them all or posting more than one on some days when life inevitably gets in the way of posting.

Love Laura and all her crazy adventures. Have you seen any of the stuff on things like her adventures that were left out of the books, the controversy over how much of them she actually wrote, etc.
Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow
qwentoozla at 11:06 pm on 02 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've really only read the books, I haven't seen much extra stuff about Laura! That sounds very interesting though...
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:40 am on 03 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
The rumors about the writing basically amount to whether it was her or her daughter for the most part. Her daughter was a writer and is known ot have helped some with the stories and there are competing theories over how much was the daughter helped clean things up versus how much did the daughter actually write it all based on stories her mother told her.

The missing adventures is much cooler, in my opinion. There is a few years gap in the books and one of the coolest things that happens in that gap is Pa tries running a hotel for a while and the girls all worked in it. There was also a boy born in this time who died when he was less than a year so not all good, but I'd have loved the hotel adventures. Someone else has written a novel telling these adventures based on letters and other records, but I've never read it. I should someday.
Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow
qwentoozla at 5:19 am on 03 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard any of that, how interesting! Hotel adventures would have been great.


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