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Luke and Mara
Posted on Saturday 2 March 2013 at 9:04 am

30 Days of Fictional Females Meme - Day Two: Favourite supporting female character

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Day Two: Favourite supporting female character
There are several options. Going with one who is good in her own right but is also clearly a supporting character, there for her relationship with the male star, I'll say Mara Jade from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (see icon). Mara is the classic "strong woman" trope at first. She's a fighter, a force-strong assassin and a smuggler. She takes no lip off anybody. But barely scratch the surface and you find out she is seriously messed up. She was kidnapped and brainwashed as a child and her one goal in life is to kill Luke Skywalker. Her development from that to eventually marrying Luke, confronting her past and making her own future, is kind of cool. There are several fans who hate her as a Mary Sue type, especially in the books written by her creator, Tim Zahn, but I love her and find her a great foil to Luke's always dominant and strong character. They help each other grow, they're individual strengths and weaknesses complement each other well, and I just love her and their relationship. This is somewhat ruined in some of the later books, but we'll ignore that.

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

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