Day 15 - Favorite female character
As most of you who've been around here for a while know, I'm all about the boys. I suppose it's because I evaluate female characters on the same criteria as male characters (see cowboy archetype of previous post), and they just don't write any good cowgirls. Also, I tend to really want female characters who I can identify with and, it seems, I'm not really
a girl. Ask those who know me.
Girly stuff bores me in real life, so give me a character who spends a lot of her time doing girly stuff and I'm out of there. Really. Boring. And annoying.
Another problem I have it that I fail at understanding the "girl" side of relationships. So when the writers – quite naturally – write the female characters doing all that "girly" relationship stuff (you know, wondering if they'd ever get a good guy, obsessing over clothes, stressing over not being 'pretty' enough to keep a guy, being insecure and bitchy around women they consider to be better looking) they lose me.
Yeah. I'm very tough on the girls.
But give me competent, capable and self-assured women and I'm there. I did a post a while back, just to assure myself that these female characters exist. Take a peek at It's all About the Girls
and you will see who I like. And why.
The list hasn't changed much. I do need to mention that USA seems to have the knack of writing female characters I like. In fact, I like all
the female characters on USA shows. And I'm really growing fond of Annie Walker from Covert Affairs. They are writing her very cowboy and I love that. Heck, they even managed to give her a "long lost love" without making her weak, weepy or insecure. My favorite female character
: Ellen Harvelle.
She isn't on the last list. Not sure why. But I've really fallen in love with Ellen. Part of it has to do with age and motherhood, but you could ask anyone who knew me when I was younger and they would tell you I never related well to the "teenage/young woman" characters even then. While I like Jo a great deal, it's Ellen who's made of win. She's confident and strong, she can kiss ass, take names and can drink you under the table. She doesn't play games or act all helpless or wait around for some guy to come in and save her. Dean Winchester was frightened of her, a well he should be.
I know that a lot of people have issues with her because of how she tried to shelter Jo, and I understand that from a daughter's point of view. But I also understand it from a mother's point of view. And quite frankly her fears were justified.
Ellen Harvelle, more awesome than you.