July 8th, 2008

potc: anna maria ponders

Strong Female Characters - A Deconstruction

So I was half-listening to the Audio Commentary of the Avatar Season 1 finale (The Siege of the North) and the writers were talking about Katara’s growth as a character and general kick-ass Water-bending (Water Bending? Waterbending?) Master and three words jumped out at me: Strong Female Character.

It got me thinking. Now I know what the phrase means to me. I also know I’ve written meta/rants at length because my own definition of sorts has clashed (strongly at times) with others’. I’m thinking of Padmé Amidala & Leia Organa from Star Wars; Elizabeth Swann from the Pirates movies; Arden from LotR; Susan Pevensie from Narnia; Lois Lane, Lana Lang and Chloe Sue from Smallville; Ginny Weasley & Lily Potter from Harry Potter…

There’s a whole spectrum of opinion on these characters and exactly how well they fit the Strong Female Character profile. So rather than write even more meta or limit the answers with a poll, I’m turning the question right back at my Flist, and anyone else who wants to voice an opinion:

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