Thursday, April 23, 2009
I've never really thought about who my favorite females are. I always just kind of knew, and never really thought about who all meets my definition for the preferred female form.
Until Travis Erwin asked about it in comments on Tuesday.
So, I started thinking. It's not much of a list, because, as I've previously complained, there seems to be a shortage. (Maybe I'm just not finding them-- but I do look into every female character offered my way for potential additions to The List)
So, here's my list.
1. Beatrix Kiddo from the Kill Bill movies. Determined, skilled, and just a bit of femininity. Not overdone, and I can accept her motivating forces, both for revenge and for her kid. She doesn't get too mushy, and still finishes the job even after meeting up with her former lover and her kid.
2. Kristen Van Dijk aka Baby Shark from the Baby Shark books by Robert Fate. Love this woman. She does some fine ass kicking in the books, doesn't let her femaleness (or relationships) get in the way, and the stories focus on the cases, not her love life. You know, like a book with a male protagonist would do.
3. Lara Croft. She can run, jump, climb, and shoot and looks damn good doing it. (Okay, so the boobs in the video game defy gravity, and, I'm sorry, that'd just be uncomfortable!) Didn't care for the former-lover problems in the movies, but I do like seeing a chick in action.
4. Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. "I'm not a bad girl, I'm just drawn that way." Sex appeal and dangerous. She's the femme fatale character, andI gotta admit I like the femme fatale.
5. Mary Embrey-- the woman in the movie Hancock (movie, not so good, but this woman was fun.) She was powerful and didn't take any shit.
6. Jane Rizzoli from Tess Gerritsen's books. (I've only read a few so far, but enjoyed both Jane and Maura Isles.) These are competent, professional women. I wish the books would stay fartehr away from lovers and past lovers, but that's only a personal preference. I know most women prefer to read about love and other mushy stuff. (I try to skim those parts. ;-)
7. Trinity from the Matrix-- another women who looks good kicking ass. I like the added depth in her faith in The One as well as her no bullshit attitude. She's cool under pressure and willing to fight for what she believes.
While these are my favorite characters, I wish more of them combined sex appeal with physical (and mental) ability. I'd especially love to see more sexy, young, successful female characters in the mystery genre.
I want to see the femme fatale play the role of the detective.