The Screen Cap Game!

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Answers and winner will be announced within a week!

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Strong Female Characters from a Guy's Perspective, Part 2 [Matt]

     Back again! So this post is going to be a small list, pretty much, of female characters. I'll be judging each character based on the 'formula' I came up with in the last post (Virtue+Flaw+Goal+Activity+Evolution=Strong character) and deciding whether or not they're strong characters. I'll also add 'Eye Candy Level', 'Flashy Fighting', 'Unpredictable Behavior' and 'Unsure of herself' to the list of critiques. 
     And thusly, let the Judgement begin!


     A lot of people seem to really like Black Widow. I'm just gonna say, up front, that I don't. 
She's pretty much everything a strong female character shouldn't be:

Eye Candy Level: 7/10 (Nothing TOO over-the-top, but still obnoxious)
Flashy Fighter: 10/10 (This is what drives me crazy--her showing off while fighting with an air of
                                     arrogance. I hate that no matter if the character is male or female.)
Unpredictable behavior (Out of character): 7/10 (She definitely qualifies. One minute she patronizes
                                                                              the male characters for their obnoxious behavior,
                                                                              the next she's more than happy to smooch 'em and
                                                                              randomly flirt with them *cough, Avengers
                                                                              2 with Bruce *cough.)
 Unsure of Herself: 8/10 (She's lost as to who she is and what she really wants from her life beyond
                                         saving the world with the bros.)

^^Those things just totally turn me personally against a character. I don't consider someone like that a hero or heroine. Sorry, superheroes! The tight suit just isn't going to change anything.
     Now to judge her against the Formula:

-Virtue: 5/10 (Sure, she wants to save the world and redeem herself, but her behavior is
                       unpredictable and her morality a bit ambiguous.)  

-Flaw: 4/10 (She struggles with her dark past and how to move on from it).

-Goal: 5/10 (Wants to save the world and bring peace, yadayada, but seems to have no other
                     ambitions or dreams of her own.)

-Activity: 7/10 (Like most of the superheroes, she definitely tries her best to save the world and beat
                          the bad guys, but also like the others, she seems pretty willing to kick up her feet and
                          call it a day once the obvious smoke clears.)

-Evolution: 3/10 (It's clear she's not the stone-cold killer she once was, but we as the audience don't
                             see a huge difference between the Iron Man 2 Black Widow and the Avengers 2
                             Black Widow.)

CONCLUSION: Black Widow isn't a strong female character. Points for tryin', Joss Whedon, but
                            you still seem to have it in your head that a strong female character is one who can
                            kick and punch stuff really hard.
                                 Just for the record, I'm going to say with confidence that there are few strong
                            characters in the Marvel universe--much less strong FEMALE characters.


      Eye Candy Level: 6/10.

      Flashy Fighter: 3/10 (She rarely fights. But there are one or two moments of flashiness.)

     Unpredictable behavior: 7/10 (She whines and cries and screams her way through the POTC
                                                      series but then occasionally spouts dramatic speeches randomly.)

     Unsure of herself: 9/10 (She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, including which of
                                             the many guys she wants to stick around with.)

     Virtue: 3/10 (She shows a bit of bravery but ambiguous morality, and has selfish intentions, which
                           even Captain Jack Sparrow points out.)

     Flaw: 5/10 (she's selfish and self-righteous).

     Goal: 1/10 (Wants to do what she wants to do because she wants to. Pirate.)

     Activity: 4/10 (She has a few moments of action but is mostly passive, being dragged along by
                              the actions and decisions of the male characters)

     Evolution: 1/10 (She becomes slightly more active...that's it.)


     Strong female character? Not so much. She's the really cliche/stereotypical whiny chick who's determined to make everyone realize that she don't need no man...but relies on men to drive the plot that drags her along.



     Here's an example of a female character who isn't a 'warrior princess' or a tight-suited action movie heroine. In fact, she's not really...anything.

Eye Candy Level: 6/10 (she's a sometimes)

Flashy Fighter: 1/10 (When she kills a Yankee soldier it's made a big deal of.)

Unpredictable behavior: 0/10 (She's so predictable it's sickening)

Unsure of herself: 8/10 (Ah, yes, another female 'heroine' tragically caught between two
                                        men...neither of which she is capable of truly loving *sigh...)

Virtue: 2/10 (She cares about a few people but treats pretty much everyone like dirt. Even when she
                      helped Melanie deliver her baby she griped about it the whole time. She's
                      completely self-absorbed, bratty and arrogant)

Flaw: 8/10 (She has great flaws. If only she had overcome a single one of them...)

Goal: 3/10 (She wants to survive and has ambitions for prosperity)

Activity: 1/10 (As far as her goal of surviving and being wealthy...she ate roots...and married a
                         convenient rich dude. That's about it.)

Evolution: 0.5/10 (She FINALLY decides she does, in fact, like the rich dude. Other than that, not
                              one cotton-pickin' thing changes. She's still a selfish drama-queen. The end.)


Strong female character: Lol no.

Now let's take a look at some female characters who are, in fact, strong.

JO MARCH, Little Women (Movie version)

     Eye-Candy Level: 0/10 (By this I don't mean she's unattractive in any way).

     Flashy Fighter: 0/10 (She doesn't fight, but when she gets really mad I wouldn't want to cross her).

     Unpredictable behavior: 0/10 (Unlike with Scarlett O'Hara, though, this is a good thing)

     Unsure of herself: 0/10 (She knows exactly who she is and has admirable dreams right from the

     Virtue: 10/10 (She has a level head, quick wit, knows herself and what she wants, is kind and loves her family and friends deeply. She's smart enough to turn down a guy's proposal because of how well she knows their differences. She saves her little sister from drowning--even after that sister destroyed her life's work in writing. She then adds to that awesomeness by apologizing to her little sister for her rage when she destroyed the writings, and invited her to be a part of the rewriting process. She's brave enough to leave everything she knows behind in search of her dream, and develops a positive sense of independence.

     Flaw: 9/10 (She struggles between holding onto what is familiar to her and seeking her dream.)

     Goal: 10/10 (She wants to write, travel, help her family and make them proud.)

     Activity: 8/10 (She struggles with staying at home or leaving at first, but progressively grows
                              more and more active in pursuing her dreams.)

     Evolution: 9/10 (*see 'Activity'. It was a real joy to see Jo step out and into everything she knew
                                    was in her all along.)

CONCLUSION: Jo March is a strong female character. And not once did she punch through a wall,
                            blow stuff up or get stuck in a love triangle.

     But that doesn't mean all strong female characters don't hit stuff...


     Eye-Candy Level: 0/10.

     Flashy Fighter: 3/10 (A bit guilty here, but it's not overly obnoxious.)

     Unpredictable behavior: 0/10.

     Unsure of herself: 2/10 (Particularly in the beginning).

     Virtue: 8/10 (She goes to war in place of her ailing father--not because she has a desire to be
                             some epic warrior princess, not because she's trying to be rebellious, but because
                             she loves her dad. So, yeah--selflessness and courage. You don't meet a girl like
                             that every dynasty.)

     Flaw: 5/10 (She struggles with her lack of self-esteem.)

     Goal: 9/10 (To spare her father from a war he can't fight, to save China and bring honor to her

     Activity: 10/10 (You can't accuse Mulan of any passiveness--she gives it her all, despite the
                                difficulty and obstacles thrown in her way.)

     Evolution: 8/10 (She finds confidence in herself, patches up her self-esteem and brings honor to
                                 her family.)

CONCLUSION: Mulan is a strong female character. She needed very, very mild tweaking but her
                            Virtue, Goal and Activity are plenty to grant her the term 'strong'.
                                  IMO, Mulan is the best Disney princess. And guess what? She's not a princess.


     I know, I know, another female writer...but it's not because I think female characters should be writers/teachers or because I have a thing against action heroines--it's because strong female characters are few and far between...especially action heroines, who tend to be pretty much Eye-Candy with guns. No, Anne is on this list because of who she is. Simple as that.  
     Laugh all you want--I love the Anne of Green Gables movies. I'll give you a hint why: four letter word. Starts with A. Ends with E. ;)

     Eye Candy Level: 0/10.

     Flashy Fighter: 0/10.

     Unpredictable behavior: 1/10. Anne is always Anne. She's unpredictable in a very good way.

     Unsure of herself: 1/10 (In Anne of Avonlea she has conflicting feelings for an older man.

     Virtue: 8/10 (She may have her flaws, but Anne is no whiner. She willingly devotes herself to
                           bettering herself and giving to others, and knows what she wants, even when she
                           doesn't. ;) She's got spunk and a love for life, and is able to see beauty in everything,
                           even the hard things of life.)

     Flaw: 7/10 (Pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, recklessness, all of which she learns to overcome.)

     Goal: 10/10 (To pursue her dreams of writing/playwrighting and to make her adoptive family and
                           friends proud. To give to others even when they don't deserve it.) <<if there are
                           better goals in life, I don't know what they are.

     Activity: 10/10 (Anne is fearless and aggressive in pursuing her dreams, even when they take her
                                away from the adoptive family and hometown she loves.)

     Evolution: 10/10 (From prideful, foolish orphan girl with her head in the clouds to mature, kind,
                                  compassionate young woman with even more spunk than she started with.)

     CONCLUSION: Definitely a strong female character. Definitely a very human character.

     ^^So, there you have it, three weak female characters and three strong ones. Characters like Jo, Mulan and Anne are the kind of fictional people I want to see way more of. Girls and women with virtue, who know who they are and what they want, but are willing to lay down even their wildest dreams for others.
     I hope my perspective on this issue has helped you want more for the on-screen role models all of our daughters (and sons) will be watching on TV someday. :)




The Not-Your-Average Disney Tag {Morgan}

I was tagged by this lovely blog to do this amazing tag!

Alright let's get started!

#1:  Favorite Disney movie of all time?
I love all of them so much! But I think if I had to narrow it down to three, I would say... Treasure Planet, Tarzan and Mulan. But that's just my favorite animated films.. ;)

#2:  Favorite Disney character?
Practically every princess. Minus Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. I love almost all of of Disney's female protagonists. After that, I'd say Jim Hawkins, Sully, And the Incredible's family. ;)
I am a big fan of Megara (Hercules) Jane (Tarzan) Honey Lemon ( Big Hero 6) annnnd Mulan. :D

#3:  First Disney movie seen in cinemas?
I want to say Treasure Planet... But I know I went and saw Jungle Book two in theaters as well.. 

#4:  What Disney item do you collect the most?
Hmm..Probably pictures? Quotes? I don't have a lot of Disney merchandise in my room...

#5:  What is your favorite Disney song?
I love  "God help the Outcasts" the Tarzan soundtrack, the Mulan soundtrack, "Can you Feel the Love Tonight", "Love is an Open Door" "I won't say I'm in Love"  "There Might be Something There That Wasn't There Before"  "At Last I See the Light" "Colors of the Wind"..."Touch the Sky".. I love so so many!

#6:  Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet?
Probably Kelly McDonald. She voices Merida

#7:  Favorite Disney movie that is not a classic?
Is Mulan, Tarzan and Treasure Planet a classic? 

#8:  Flounder, Sebastian, or Scuttle?
Sebastian. I watched and re-watched Little Mermaid for a majority of my childhood. I always liked Sebastian best out of the trio. 

#9:  Saddest moment in a Disney movie?
I cried in.... Lion King... Brave...Up... Maaaybe Toy Story 3.... Tinkerbell & the Legends of the Neverbeast. Tarzan, when his "Dad" dies... Always gets me...  Big Hero Six, when Baymax leaves... When Sully leaves Boo...

#10:  Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks?
I have to say Mushu. He is so funny! And he's the sidekick in one of my favorite movies.

Bonus question:  Of the lesser known Disney movies, what one would you recommend?
Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Meet the Robinsons and The Emperors New Groove. And Kronks New Groove. I always thought that one was funnier than the first one ;)
 ^^This was the first Disney movie I watched that had an unpredictable ending. It was interesting how they tied all the characters into the story. In a lot of the older Disney movies, Christianity is often spoken in one way or another. I guess that really surprised me when I watched it, because I hadn't seen an older Disney movie in awhile. I am convinced that Frollo (I think that's his name) is the creepiest villain ever. And not in a good way. SO many Disney Villains are either humorous or smart or have some attribute that you can't help but like them a little. But this guy, no way Jose. ^^
^^I love this movie! It's so good! Princess Kida is one of the most forgotten Disney Princess'. Her and Princess Melody, that is. ;) Milo's story is really good. I feel like Disney kinda broke their usual mold of kids stories, and just when on a whole different adventure. Princess Kida is not an everyday Disney Princess. She is smart, strong, curious, kind and forgiving. ^^

So there we go!
Now I tag

Have fun ladies!

xx Morg

Harry Potter Trivia quiz answers and Winners!

Alright y'all!
Here are the answers for the Harry Potter Trivia quiz!

What was Hermione's cat's name?
a. Fluffy
b. Mr. Whiskers
c. Leviosa
d. Crookshanks

What is Luna Lovegood's dad's name?
a. Weirdo
b. Lucius
c. Xenophilius
d. Tom

What was the potion's name that Harry used to get Slughorn's memories?
a. Polyjuice potion
b. Felix Felicis
c. Essence of Dittany
d. Amortentia

In the Order of the Phoenix, which (noun) gave Ron the scars up his arms?
a. Hermione's cat
b. Brain tentacles
c. Splinching
d. Scabbers

Who is Harry's godson?
a. Hugo Weasley
b. Lorcan Scamander
c. Rose Weasley
d. Teddy Lupin

What is Hermione's Patronus?
a. A horse
b. An otter
c. A weasel
d. A rabbit

What was Harry's daughter's name?
a. Lily Hermione
b. Luna Lily
c. Lily Luna
d. Hermione Luna

Who write the Marauder's Map?
a. Fred & George
b. Severus Snape
c. Sirius, James, Peter Pettigrew & Remus
d. Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle

Who took Hagrid's place in teaching (in the fourth book)
a. Luna Lovegood
b. Professor Grubbly-plank  
c. Professor Sprout
d. Professor McGonagall  

Who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire?
a. Albus Dumbledore
b. Severus Snape
c. Barty Crouch Jr.
d. Mad Eye Moody

Which person died in the first part of The Deathly Hallows? 
a. Mad-Eye Moody
b. Fred Weasley 
c. Remus Lupin
d. Nymphadora Tonks

What was the ghost's name in the girls' bathroom?
a. Helena Hufflepuff
b. Wailing Wanda
c. Amelia Bones
d. Moaning Myrtle 

Who said, "It's a creepy shop, he's a creepy bloke" in The Half-Blood Prince?
a. Hermione
b. Ron
c. Harry
d. Crabbe 

What day is Harry's birthday?
a. June 31st, 1997 
b. January 31st, 1997
c. August 31st, 1997
d. July 31st, 1997

And the winners are....

A tie for first place goes too....
Alina, Eli & Laiken!
12 out of 13 answers correct!
2nd place goes to Laura!

Congrats ladies! 

Strong Female Characters From a Guy's Perspective, Pt. 1 [Matt]

     Morgan and I have both been discussing strong female characters and how they're portrayed (or not portrayed) on screen. Talking about it has helped me dig up all the thoughts I've had on the issue over the years. When I was younger I didn't think a thing about female characters. For instance, I never gave a passing thought to Mary Jane in the original trilogy--all I ever cared about was watching Spiderman overcome every obstacle that stood in the way of justice.
       The question is: why was there never a female character who inspired me to overcome like that? Why did Mary-Jane never make me want to overcome? Simple: Because she never overcame anything. Not one thing. She just...screamed. A lot. And decided between two men. Ooh, how inspiring.
     So, in this post I'll be analyzing some popular female characters and judging them based on the standards I've written down below. (WARNING: THIS POST IS LONG)

Oh, I get it--a female character has to be buff and macho to be strong! nope.


  Strong Character Requirements

     So what makes a female character strong? Simple. The same things that make any character strong. But what are those 'things'? What really makes a character, female or not, strong? That's what the list below is for. These are the requirements I strongly believe all characters have to meet in order to earn the term 'strong'.   


      What makes you like people in real-life? What is it about them that draws you to them? Those same things are the things that will endear you to fictional characters. If I were to lay a guess, most people are drawn to someone because they see something in that person. Something admirable. That's Virtue.

     "Virtue: Behavior showing high moral standards"
Examples: Goodness, righteousness, morality, integrity, dignity, rectitude, honor, decency, respectability, nobility, purity...etc.

Also: An attribute or strength (not a skill).

     Does any of that sound like the stuff Hollywood tries to portray in female characters? No. Hollywood seems to think skimpily-clad, flashy 'heroines' with showy fight-sequences are the Holy Grail of strong female characters. They seem to think that an overconfident show-off who knows martial arts or can shoot a gun is what girls should aspire to grow up to be. Virtue? Zero.   

      Even people who won't live with virtue are attracted to it. Virtue is something we all inherently admire and, even if in small ways, aspire to. This is why sometimes when we finish enjoying some form of story, we walk away inspired to be a better person in some way, be it ever so small. Because, if only for a moment, we see something in those fictional characters that resonates in our hearts. That's virtue. We all want to see a fictional character with virtue, whether or not we'll admit it.
     Now, a character with virtue doesn't mean a perfect character. At all. Even a thief can have virtue of some kind. A tiny measure of generosity, perhaps. Even a soldier trained to kill can possess some virtue--maybe even a touch of compassion. It may sound like a paradox or like some phony joke, but it's true. That's just the way we humans are. And that's the way a fictional character should be, too.
     Which leads us to my next point.


     Just as much a character should have a measure of virtue, be it ever so humble, they should also have at least one overcomeable flaw. And by flaw I don't mean acne. I don't mean some silly phobia. I don't mean a quirk. I mean this:

     a): "Flaw: A fault or weakness in a person's character."

Which works right along with:

     b): "Flaw: A mistake or shortcoming in a plan that causes it to fail or reduces its effectiveness."

In order for a character to be human they have to suffer from example a. Which causes them to struggle with example b. Stories are (or should be) about a character overcoming obstacles that keep them from a goal. And the best and most difficult obstacle to overcome is oneself. Am I right?
     Here are some examples of character flaws:
-Holding onto the past
-Refusing to face the past
   etc., etc.

     So in order to judge whether a character is strong or not, you have to look for their flaw. And how they overcome it. That's the whole story.



     A girl walks around and lives everyday life with no reason for what she does other than just to continue living. I'm sorry, I won't buy tickets to that movie. All characters need to have a goal. That's what stories are made of. A character has a goal, and they struggle against their own demons along with increasingly-difficult circumstances, caused by the villain, to achieve it.
     I've seen many female characters with goals--even the flashy show-offs. But there are also plenty of movies I've had the misfortune of seeing, where the only goal the 'heroine' seems to have is deciding between two guys. That's not a goal. That's a decision. And the longer the girl avoids the choice, the lamer she seems.
     I'm not saying her goal should be something like saving the world. It definitely can be, but it doesn't have to be that big. The goal can be something as simple as winning a race. But why the protagonist wants to win the race is the heart of the story. Maybe the race gives a huge cash prize to the winner and the heroine needs the money to pay for her sister's medical care.
     Of course, the villain would want that money for herself, and perhaps there is a small part of the protagonist who struggles with what she would do with that money. Sure, that sounds selfish, but what if she was told she had only a few months to live and knew she could save herself with that money? Her story of choosing between saving herself or her sister would then be a journey of virtue.
     I know, I just spitballed that scenario and it clearly needs some further research for plausibility as far as the diseases that would be involved with the protagonist and her sister. But you get my point. In order for a character to be seen as strong, they have to have a goal, and journey to achieving it.
     They also need...


     This one's real simple. If a character has a goal but all they do about it is sit on the couch, eat potato chips and watch TV while mentally procrastinating...there is no story. A strong character acts on achieving their goals. Some of my personal favorite characters are the ones who are so determined to achieve their goal that everything they do is for the purpose of achieving it. No derping around and wondering what their purpose is. I want to see them act on what they believe in and what they want in life.
     Virtue, Flaw and Goal work together to form the emotional half of the story, while Activity is the physical half. The protagonist acts, and then something, good or bad, happens as a result. 


     This is what stories are about. Sure, a character may have a measure of Virtue at the beginning. Sure, they may struggle with their Flaw throughout the story. Sure, they may have big goals and be constantly active. But if, in the end, they don't change for the better...what's the point?
     Life is about movement and change. The strange thing is, it's not always positive change or movement, like we know it should be. That's why we love stories. Because every once in a while, they make us see that life can make sense. Like all the negative change and movement we experience is all part of the journey to something better. A better us.
     That's why a strong character needs to have Virtue--because Virtue is positive, and therefore produces positive results. That's why a strong character needs a Goal--because we're goal-oriented creatures who constantly need something to do, something to strive for. It's why we see strength in someone, fictional or not, who Acts against the Flaws we all suffer from. It's why we're impressed when we see someone Evolve in a positive way.                        
     Virtue+Flaw+Goal+Activity+Evolution=Strong character. That applies to more than just fictional characters. It applies to people. And that's what all great stories are made of: Great people. That's what I want to see more of on screen. Not even just female characters, either. Male, female, people are people--and we need more of the great ones. Even if they are fictional. ;)

     So there you have it--my thoughts on female characters and what makes them (and any character) strong. In Part 2 of this post, I'll be judging several fictional female characters based on these requirements to determine whether or not they really are strong.
     Thanks for reading this long post and I hope you enjoyed it. What do you see when you think of a strong female character? Let me know in the comments section below! :D


Strong Female Characters Pt 1 {Morgan}

It has been on my mind a lot lately, about what makes a strong female character.
As I've grown up, I realize there is more to a character (boy or girl) that makes them strong.
No longer do I classify kick butt super hero as a "strong" character. After lots of thought and consideration, I find all the characters I see as strong, are not physically strong at all.

It is my belief that a character (boy or girl) is measured by it's strengths when it comes to their heart.
I have been examining the characters I find strong. A pattern has occurred. All of them know their own minds, and are not passive when it comes to what is right and wrong.
To me, a strong female character is someone who is admirable.  Kind. Brave. And loving.

Before writing this post, I did a little research on what is the most common belief on strong female characters. Here is something I found here:

A common criticism is that (allegedly) strong female characters are one-dimensional.

Oft-cited problems with individual strong female characters include:

  • her strength is in martial arts, but she has no strength of character
  • she still has to conform to gender-normative standards of attractiveness
  • she will wear skimpy or fetishistic gear to fight in
  • she will be strong right up until she can't deal with something and has to be saved by a man
  • her strength is diminished when she gets interested in a member of the opposite sex
  • her strength is primarily a narrative tool to measure a male protagonists' progress in his emotional maturity plot arc, in which his full maturation is signaled by getting the girl, and her interior life or own motivations are not portrayed
  • she has no close female friends or female allies, and disdains "weaker" or more conventionally feminine women for not being  *kick butt
Here is another excerpt from my study:

"Somewhere along the way feminism happened and were all, “Um, no?” It took a while, but some writers in Hollywood got the idea. No more would female characters be Damsels in Distress. No, there should be Strong Female Characters in cinema– emphasis on “Strong.” While these women would still be young and hot, they’d also have one characteristic that made them more masculine. It could be physical strength or a superpower (see Liz Sherman in the first Hellboy movie), the ability to shoot a gun properly (Princess Leia), or something more metaphorical, like being able to out-drink a guy (Marion from Raiders of the Lost Ark). Writers patted themselves on the back, saying, “You wanted Strong Female Characters?  Well, now they’re strong."

The film industry needs more characters that are strong and do not have the above characteristics.
Though all of this went over my head as a young girl, it does not sit well with me that girls now are seeing this and growing up believing that in order for them to be strong, they have to be one of the above.
This is not right!

Another issue I have with Hollywoods "strong female characters" is how so many are dressed masculine. I understand the post apocalyptic/ warrior look for women, but why do so many either (a) dress masculine/cat suit with guns strapped all over them or (b) are wearing practically nothing.
What happened to females dressing feminine? Why do they have to dress that way?
I'm not saying it's bad to dress more tomboyish- if that is your personal style. But why do film icons have to dress this way when they are considered strong?
I personally would like to see some more (modest) feminine costumes.
I really appreciated that in Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlett Witch's character wore a mostly modest dress throughout the film.
^^Exhibit A. Flashy eye candy that is supposed to be a strong admirable character^^

I went and looked up the definition of strong and this was the results:

[strawng-gist, strong-]

having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power
accompanied or delivered by great physical, mechanical, etc., poweror force:
mentally powerful or vigorous:
especially able, competent, or powerful in a specific field or respect:
of great moral power, firmness, or courage:
powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding:
aggressive; willful:

So many books and films base characters (boys and girls) off the physical side of the word strong.
#5 and #6  on the above list, are not as popular.

I randomly decided to peruse my tumblr page whilst writing this post.
I shocked myself in seeing a collage of gifs of "strong female characters" that I had re-blogged.  What shocked me exactly? The fact that all these females were doing something violent.
Don't get me wrong,  I love a good action movie and it's always interesting to see a female get in on it.
But why why why is violence considered a strong trait? How is that admirable?
I've also been seeing yet another pattern, when it comes to "strong female" characters.
The most popular one I see in films is the smart alec- know it all.
The super sass mouth with an attitude.
Somehow, that is considered strong....
If they are not sassy mouthed, or kick butt, they are stupid!!
How many of us have watched a film with a female character who left us enraged at their stupidity?

So during my research I found a video that I feel like says what I'm saying.. (except the Game of Thrones part... I haven't seen it... ;))

I think about (Lord willing) the day I have a daughter. What do I want her to perceive as a strong?
Do I want her to see skimpy clothes? Do I want her to believe she has to have masculine traits?
Will she feel the need to be sassy and a smart-elec?
As an aspiring film-maker, I hope to change the most common belief of what makes a strong female character.

In pt 2, I will be going over a list of characters I see as strong. :)

What is your thoughts? What is your definition of what makes a strong female character.

10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag [Matt]

     I was tagged by Morgan to write about my 10 Favorite Screen Characters. So without further ado, let's get to it! :D (WARNING: The following post contains SPOILERS!)

                                                      Hiccup & Toothless


      This counts as two characters in one go...because you can't simply have one without the other. They are the PB&J of How To Train Your Dragon, different but the same. Remove the peanut butter or the jelly either one from the mix and then where's your sandwich?
     I've already said how much I've always related with Hiccup in my HTTYD 1 Review, but without the heartwarming, cute training scenes with Toothless, and the breathtaking flight scenes on his back, HTTYD just wouldn't be HTTYD.



       Class. This guy is by far the most noble royal figure I've ever seen on screen. He struggled against his own fears and demons and defeated every one of them. He became the most powerful king in Middle Earth because of one thing: he was a servant first. And even when he was crowned, he continued living to serve all people. If that's not kingship I don't know what is.

                                                             Eren Jaeger


        Eren Jaeger. The. Most. Determined. Character. Ever. It's always been my personal belief that the best protagonist is the one who's the most active in pursuing his goals. That's Eren Jaeger--the central part of his character. Determination and perseverance even in the face of impossible odds and stakes that can't get any higher.
        Like any great protagonist, he has mixed motives: on one hand, he has a genocidal goal to wipe out the Titans (Granted, the Titans are mindless, demonic man-eaters who devoured his mother in front of him when he was a preteen). On the other hand, he really does long to see the world outside the Walls protecting Humanity from death but denying them Freedom.
        There are a lot of people who hate on Eren. They argue that he's useless and ineffective. And I agree, for the most part. He's not a particularly skilled fighter like Levi or Mikasa. He's not brilliant like Armin. Not normal like Jean. More importantly for his character, he's nothing like the cold-blooded Erwin Smith. But he has something none of the other characters have.
       A dream. And the fearlessness, determination and obsessiveness to achieve it. He has one other thing, too: a heart. "What?!" You ask, "A genocidal maniac has a HEART?!" To which I reply: yes. Yes, sometimes he's...well...scary...
       But then other times he's like this:

       Unlike Erwin Smith, who is probably the second-most active character in the show, Eren has compassion, which he demonstrates more than once, but particularly in the series finale, when one of his acts of mercy complicates circumstances for Humanity. So yes, even this genocidal maniac has virtue.
       And for bonus points, he constantly spouts inspiring speeches and has epic moments like these:

       So, you know, that helps. ;)

                                                         Armin Arlert


       Yeah, another Attack on Titan character (#dealwithit). Armin is the character I most relate with in this show, because like him I struggled with self esteem in the past and am more intellectually-inclined then physically-inclined. This is the guy who probably gets the most teasing and hate from AOT fans, because his voice actor actress. And because for the most part he's not too terribly useful, at least not at first. He probably had the most character development in the show, because until he realized the truth of his inferiority complex and began his journey of self-discovery, he was, well...the lamest character.
       He started out like this:

       And ended up like this:

       So...yeah. Character development. He realized he was uber (almost creepily) brilliant and quickly became tied for favorite character with Eren in my opinion.


                                                 Captain Jack Sparrow

                                                                        ...'Nuff said.

                                                          Tony Stark

                                                             ...Again, need I say more?

                                                            Han Solo

             Han Solo is Star Wars. Star Wars is Han Solo. Without Han Solo, there is no Star Wars. He's the best SW character. I'm sorry, but it's true. It's just the way it is.

                                        Sherlock Holmes (Game of Shadows)

                         Because Robert Downey Jr. That's 75% of the reason I love this movie.

                                                    Samwise Gamgee

                               I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sam is the best.

                                            'Tis very true. Sam is the beating heart of the trilogy.
He's determined



                                                       ...And loyal no matter what.

What more could you ask for from a character?

So there you have it, 10 (not all) of my favorite screen characters! 
Unfortunately I can't think of anyone to Tag at the moment, but I'd love to hear what some of your favorite screen characters are in the comments section below!



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