All the female characters I’ve honored so far have endeared themselves to me the first moment I met them. The one I’m honoring today was an acquired taste, and deserves some kind of Most Improved Award. Since I’m still high on the joy of having Community on my screen every week, I’m selecting Britta Perry as my Female Character of the Week. Continue reading
My favorite television drama, The Vampire Diaries, returns tomorrow to the CW. This little show that could is much, much better than any soapy teen vampire show has any right to be. Its characters are much more dynamic and complex than the ones on Twilight (not that that’s much of a challenge), and it had more plot twists and character development in its first season than Lost had in all six. In honor of the show’s return, I wanted to honor one of its great female characters. But I decided that, even though each girl on the show deserves a post of her own, I couldn’t possibly talk about one without talking about the others. My Female Characters of the Week are The Girls of The Vampire Diaries: Caroline Forbes, Bonnie Bennett, Elena Gilbert, and Katherine Pierce. Continue reading
There are many female characters I love in books, movies, and TV. Every once in awhile, I have to pay homage to my favorite female characters from the under-18 set. Little girls and teenage girls get a bad rap. It’s about time they got some respect, and few of them earn the title of Female Character of the Week better than Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy. (Please not that the link goes to the book cover and NOT to a clip from the movie adaptation I like to pretend doesn’t exist starring Buffy’s annoying FAKE little sister). Continue reading
For my first two installments of Female Character of the Week, I wrote about characters I loved. This week, I’m writing about a character I love to hate. This character is the most manipulative, scheming shrew in all of Jane Austen (excluding her novella Lady Susan). No, I’m not talking about Caroline Bingley. I’m talking about the sneaky little witch that almost destroys Elinor Dashwood’s life. Ladies and gentlemen, I present Miss Lucy Steele. Continue reading
How I Met Your Mother returned last night, and my roommate finally got her hands on the season 5 DVDs, so now seems as good a time as any to make Robin Scherbatsky my second Female Character of the Week.
Yesterday, I went to see the Coen Brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis’s novel, True Grit. (The film is not a remake of the 1969 adaptation of the same name; it is a second adaptation of the book. I felt it necessary to make that distinction. Similarly, Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp is not a remake of the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder, but another adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. But I digress). I didn’t feel pressed to write a full-length review of the film, because it’s not technically a comedy even if it does have great moments of Coen humor. But the main character in the movie is, quite frankly, made of so much WIN that I have named her my very first Female Character of the Week.