Monday, October 19, 2009

Good Female Roles in Stories

My life is completely boring right now. At the weekend I did nothing but watch series 4 of How I Met Your Mother and play The Sims 2. Hardly worth telling the internet about, but I feel like I must update regularly or else what's the point?

Tonight I'm off to the library to try to finish Inter Vivos. I just want to write something where the plot of the story isn't "girl trying to get boy to like her". I do enjoy romantic comedy, but I've been getting a little bit annoyed that most films with a female protagonist tend to be about relationships. Now, Alien is an obvious example of a film with a strong heroine who doesn't spend the entire film wondering whether her crush will ask her out, but that part was famously written for a man before Sigourney Weaver was cast. Is that telling? Can anyone suggest some good non-horror movies that aren't about women bitching about men (or their lesbian crushes)?

Anyway, my heroine Nox is more concerned with the fact that she's murdered folk, rather than trying to win the heart of some handsome prince, so that's alright then.


morphean ramble said...

At the weekend I did nothing but watch series 4 of How I Met Your Mother

What dya mean, boring?!?

morphean ramble said...

I was going to say labyrinth, but isn't that technically horror?

Fantasy, I suppose.

So there, Labyrinth :-p

morphean ramble said...

I can think of several stories, but they tend to be about girls, rather than women.

Swallows and Amazons is good though. Nancy rocks

Lucy Ann Wade said...

OK, I'll give you Labyrinth. But Swallows and Amazons is an ensemble cast, isn't it? It's not Nancy's story about finding adventures in the Lake District. So therefore doesn't count.

We should probably rule out children's books and films, as it would be very inappropriate if a story about a child was romantic (Lolita aside).