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Posted on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 9:15 pm

30 Days of Fictional Females Meme - Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time

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Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
This is one rather like Day Five's Favorite Female on a Male-Driven show in that the answer is almost every female character ever. I've decided to go with Molly Hooper from Sherlock, though. She is the only major recurring character on BBC's Sherlock not from the original Conan Doyle canon. If you're going to have a recurring female in a Sherlock pastiche other than Mrs. Hudson, you almost have to invent one, turn a one-shot character into a recurring one (most often done with Irene Adler who only fully appears in one canon story and is barely mentioned in three or four others), or engage in gender-bending as the original canon doesn't offer up any obvious candidates. The only other recurring female I can think of is Watson's one or possibly multiple wives named Mary and she's (they're) basically a non-entity. Molly is an interesting, and to my understanding accidental, addition to the Holmes cast of characters and I've very much enjoyed what they've done with her and how they've used her in relation to the titular main character. She's a little insecure and love-struck, but she's also good at what she does, loyal, and both strong and willing to stand up for herself when it really matters. She jumped to the top for me in answering this specific question of more screen time because the ending of series 2 basically guarantees at least something interesting has to happen with her in the future and I'm very much looking forward to it for the plot development but am also interested in the threads they've left hanging for her possible character development.

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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qwentoozla at 3:59 am on 08 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Molly was going to be my answer for this too! And still is; it's not like we can't have the same answer. :P She definitely deserves more screen time.
bratty_jedi at 11:22 am on 08 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Molly is absolutely awesome enough to be both our answers.

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