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Posted on Thursday 28 March 2013 at 7:15 am

30 Days of Fictional Females Meme - Days Twenty, Twenty-One and Twenty-Two

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Day Twenty: Favourite female antagonist
This one was really difficult. So many female antagonists are stereotypes and tropes more than characters. I finally decided to go with Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Yes, she is a nurse, but beyond that it is a woman being used as a stand in for "The Man" more than anything else. Plus, she is just all kinds of scary, intimidating, and crazy while being so pleasant and reasonable on the surface. It doesn't get much creepier not antagonistic than that.

Day Twenty-One: Favourite female character screwed over by canon
I really want to say Donna from Doctor Who here, but I already discussed Donna and alluded to how she was screwed over at Day Fifteen: Favourite female character growth arc. So I decided to go with a different Doctor Who companion: Martha.

Martha is the second Nu Who main companion and was largely hated by the fandom when she was introduced because she wasn't Rose. That annoyed me and I actually liked Martha much more at the start than I'd liked Rose at the start. Martha had more personality and spunk and more of an identity separate from the Doctor. The thing I really hate about the way they treated Martha is the sudden over-militarization of her at the end of her run and especially during her return appearances. Martha was a medical student who suddenly went all super military for no apparent reason. I have argued this with a real-life friend before and he always says that it was the year she spent running for her life, alone, that logically would have changed her into what you see later, but I very strongly disagree. The year she spent on her own was precisely about not getting guns and fighting. It was about talking and bringing people together to find another solution. So why then did she suddenly become armed-to-the-teeth warrior chick? It just doesn't fit with her character and with much of what she said and did one her adventures with the Doctor. It annoys me.

Day Twenty-Two: Favourite female character you love but everyone else hates
Another Donna. This time from The West Wing. Donna is the secretary of one of the president's main advisors in this absolutely wonderful and amazing political drama. She is a bit flaky and weird, but she is also highly competent at her job and always able to rise to meet the next challenge. There is a great deal of dislike for her in the fandom, mostly people finding her annoying and boy crazy because we see her have like 5 dates in a show that covers seven to eight years of the character's life. I get why her quirks might be annoying to some people whereas I find them endearing. I just don't get the amount of dislike aimed at her quirkiness.

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


author_by_night at 12:17 pm on 28 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I actually liked Martha at the end of season three, but I agree that her later career didn't really fit who she started out as. Martha seemed to want to leave so she could live a relatively normal life again, be with her family... and then chose a profession where I'm assuming neither of those things were really possible. I know she left largely because of her crush on the Doctor, but... still. I would've preferred for them to have gone the route of a random London doctor having this badass past.

It's ironic that people hated Martha because they loved Rose, when now it's the other way around.

Edited at 2013-03-28 12:19 pm (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 8:36 pm on 28 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I do like that she walked away of her own volition because she thought it was the best choice for her. I just don't like what she walked away to, at all, and find it a complete disservice to her character. It is far worse in the reappearances (randomly going to war with and married to Mickey?) than her initial ending.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:25 pm on 28 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
People hate Donna on West Wing? Really? How? She is so loveable.
bratty_jedi at 8:34 pm on 28 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah. The basic hate for Donna boils down to "She is a flaky airhead who only got hired because she's a leggy blonde and therefore she is anti-feminist." I don't see how any of the above is true, but lots of fans see her that way.

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