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List 2 wanted me to talk about my favorite characters from movies, books, and etc. Since I decided 2017 will be a women-centric year for me, I chose to focus only on women. I did have some misgivings at first about including characters who only identify as women, regardless of biology, but in the end I decided it was about the spirit, not the genitals. To that end, I just realized I left out Angel Dumott-Schunard from RENT!!
For some reason I struggled with books, but as a friend pointed out, there is some overlap between visual media and the written word. I think the takeaway from this should be to read more. I also had difficulty deciding a definition for “favorite”. For instance, I rather like a few vicious, evil bitches from movies and books, but are they favorites? Shouldn’t a favorite be someone you like, not someone you hate or fear?
In the end, I had the following, though I feel the list could have grown if I’d focused on it a bit longer.
Lieutenant Olivia Benson (I list her above as Detective, but I remember now she’s gotten a couple promotions!)
Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York (in order of absolute love)
Dr. Lisa Cuddy
ADA Alexandra Cabot
Dr. Melinda Warner
Pamela Swynford de Beaufort
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Dr. Ellie Satler
Regina George (see, here is a good example of not being sure what “favorite” means, and how far it reaches — does Regina count, and do I include Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith, and Cady Heron?)
Ms. Norbury (now that I think about it)
Esmeralda (Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Elle Woods (and Bruiser Woods)
Arya Stark (a late addition, I recently started loving her again)
Brienne of Tarth
Winifred Sanderson (and Mary and Sarah)
Buffy (and Willow)
Sansa Stark (as of late, not for a long time at first)
Janis Ian (and Damien)
Lafayette Reynolds & Angel Dumott Schunard (because they’re too fab to leave out)
Ingrid & Astrid Magnussen
Might come back and add more; it should have been such a longer list. In the end, I was a little angry. It shouldn’t be this hard to choose favorite women from fiction. I WONDER WHY THAT IS HMMMM