Thursday, August 19, 2010
I never really bought the whole "damsel in distress" ordeal. Since I was a little girl, I always rooted for the tomboy characters, those spunky girls overflowing with personality that fought the bad guys just as well as the boys did. I haven't shaken that affinity, and though years have passed, I still find myself drawn to these strong, stubborn females that embody girl power. To pay homage to my childhood idols, I present to you my three favorite bad-ass leading ladies.
Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games trilogy
I think this one's pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn't think Katniss is a bad-ass? I mean, she's an archer, a hunter, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend? I'm not so sure about the last one, but this girl is definitely awesome. Whoever thinks otherwise should be shot. She stands on her own and has grown tough from all her experiences, yet she's vulnerable, and I think that makes her even cooler. Despite the brick walls she puts up, it's nice to know some people still get through to her... That she still has feelings. It makes her all the more real. And this girl just doesn't give up. She's strength and independence packed into the tiny body of a sixteen-year-old, and I don't think anybody can ever get any cooler than that.
Katsa - Graceling
Katsa's a lot like Katniss in a sense that she's a strong-willed fighter, but she's also very different. She refuses to dress up even though she comes from royalty, and she rejects the wealth offered to her on a silver platter. Simple is how she rolls, and she'd much rather hang out with her potion-making cousin or bring criminals to justice than sit around in a pretty palace doing tasks meant for girls, like cooking, sewing and the like. She's a big toughie with awesome skills, if you throw her into a pit of lions, she's guaranteed to emerge unscathed. How is that not awesome?! It's almost like this girl has no fears... except love. Like Katniss, she's vulnerable. She's afraid of letting people reach her, but she lets them in eventually, and learns to love, which I think is pretty admirable.
Samantha Madison - All-American Girl