JULY’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank Topic: “ If you could place yourself into a fictional story which one would you like to be in and would you want to be a specific character from the story or just a bystander watching what was going on? ”
I found this month’s topic to be a bit difficult. However I accepted the challenge to write, because I felt it was a good opportunity to express myself. As I wrote this, I was rather surprised by some of the characters that came to mind.
One of my biggest struggles with the fictional portrayal of women in movies and novels is so many female characters are portrayed as weak, almost fragile creatures. I am not a fan of horror movies…only seen a few clips of some ‘classic’ scenes, but that genre really does seem to be the worst in the way women, especially young women, are depicted. Bad guy after a young girl. Girl screaming, running, turning around to see where this evil is and she trips and falls! Seriously? Gimme a break. But, it is a horror flick and this seems to be the norm. That whole “damsel in distress” is not just relegated to the horror genre, there are plenty of the poor, hapless females portrayed in murder mysteries, dramas, TV shows and more. Not my thing.
Recently, I must admit I have noticed a shift. One the classics, where the shift became more apparent for me, is Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Lara Croft. At least I was amused and not annoyed. She’s strong, clever and it doesn’t hurt that she’s wealthy I suppose. Does what it takes to make things happen. Misses and grieves for her departed father which lends itself to a nice softness that doesn’t put her completely in the trappings of a stone cold ice princess. Yes, I enjoyed the two movies where Jolie played the title role.
Then there is the Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. We witness her transformation in those movies from a young girl to a strong, beautiful young woman. She has heart, strength, loyalty and a spontaneity; all wonderful characteristics that make her completely endearing. Even as such a young child in the first movie, she had spunk and plenty of character. When the second movie debut, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, we were introduced to Lucius Malfoy. His arrogance made me wish for a chink in his armor (which I did see unfold as the story played out). I thought it would have been and interesting plot twist to have a strong female character that had rejected Lucius in his 20’s, yet he still desired her even now. She saw him for what he was and what he would become. The female antagonist to Lucius. Her intentions would always be to help Hermione, Harry and Ron. My how that would have vexed Lucius and Voldemort too.
Topping the list of my favorites are the strong portrayals of the heroine in Science Fiction stories, which leads me to Alien, Star Trek and Avatar.
Sigourney Weaver, in my opinion, choreographed the all time best in a kick-ass fight with the Alien queen, as she defends the little girl in the second movie of that series, Aliens. Mother lion instincts in full on mode. Loved it.
Sigourney Weaver as Ripely
In the current J. J. Abrams version of Star Trek, he has done a wonderful job of spinning and reworking the original story line. Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Uhura shows a much stronger woman, with a touch of vulnerability too. And ironically, she also portrayed my favorite female lead, Neytiri, in James Cameron’s Avatar. Now Neytiri was a seriously fierce warrior woman.
So, if I could place myself in a fictional story, it would be Avatar. Now, I’m not so sure about being a super-sized blue striped Amazon-like woman with a tail, but hey, it’s fiction, right? However, I have had a glimpse of how I would look as a Na’vi, one of the people, thanks to some online software the Avatar movie site provided when the movie was first released. All I can say is, it’s really not a good look for me.
The bottom line, I prefer non-fiction and living my life as me. It’s been a wonderful journey so far and every day is a new adventure. Fantasies and day dreams are fun, but reality, now that’s where it’s at!
Now lets see what my fellow bloggers had to say on this month’s topic!