Blogathon: Ten Most Iconic Female Movie Characters
Posted on December 11, 2014
This exciting blogathon created by Dell On Movies celebrates female movie icons. It’s certainly a worthy subject and one I’m thrilled to explore. I recently stumbled upon Empire Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters. Only one character in the top ten was female: Ellen Ripley (Alien). It’s time to address this imbalance and pay tribute to our movie heroines. I’d like to say a big thank you to Red Head At The Movies for nominating me to take part (if you haven’t already checked out her amazing movie site, hop on over there and take a look).
So what are the rules?
A list of 10 iconic female movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think she should not be on the list) and replacing it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger.
The ten most iconic female movie characters so far…
My new addition
This blogathon has been running since June and it’s getting harder and harder to eliminate a single iconic character. After much deliberating I’ve decided to remove Laurie Strode from the Halloween series. Laurie was added by Isaac over at the IPC and I completely respect his argument that she ‘changed the game when it came to female leads in a horror movie’. Laurie is resourceful, but for me she is the least empowered of the all the women on this list.
I’m firm in the belief that dystopian heroine Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games franchise) will be a long-enduring icon. In The Hunger Games’ fictional Districts she is, quite literally, the poster girl for strength and empowerment. She is at the very heart of a political revolution, such a rare place for a female movie character to be. Katniss demonstrates bravery in facing her fears and stands up for what she believes, despite struggling in the wake of her own personal tragedies.
Even in The Hunger Games’ early films, Katniss is resilient and takes on many of the roles traditionally inhabited by men: hunting for food and physically protecting the family. But Katniss does not eradicate what makes her a woman in order to be strong. Her love interests might be put on the back-burner, and certainly don’t define her, but they are still part of her story and the development of who she is. Katniss is a deserving role model for girls growing up today. Still not convinced? Try reading this.
It was incredibly tough choosing just one female icon to make this list. Mrs Danvers (Rebecca), M (Bond franchise), Cher (Clueless) and even Sex and the City’s Carrie (in spite of her TV roots) were in the running for me, so I’m very interested to hear what you think of my choice in the comment box.
And finally… Passing the baton
I would like to nominate the excellent review site Epileptic Moondancer to take on the challenge next. This new movie blog is well worth following and I’m excited to see who the Moondancer chooses to add…
If you would like to read the full trail of the blogathon (and I’d recommend it, there have been some wonderful entries) you can check it out at Dell On Movies’ site.