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International Women’s Day: Best Female Character?

Saw this poll and had a hard time choosing between so many great characters (not that any of my faves are on there, but I didn’t really expect them to be either). Characters are and always have been very important to me – creating huge verses with lots and lots of people is a weakness of mine, and I love thinking about the psychology of a character and his/her relationships with other people.

“Strong female characters” is a tiresome stereotype that I have a great dislike for – that’s the kind of women Steven Moffat creates, all sass and legs and random martial arts skills. A female character, or any character for that matter, isn’t automatically good or interesting just because she has a lot of lines and does cool things. On the contrary – the best Doctor Who companion ever, Donna, did a lot of cool stuff in her episodes but what made her great was how real and genuine she came across. She had a messy life, no real job, a mother who was always nagging her, and she could be rude and loud at times – while also being a truly warm and empathetic person. She’s a character a lot of people can probably relate to and I really wish there could have been more episodes with her and the Doctor.

Some other great female characters I love are Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Annie Wilkes (Misery), Jane Eyre, and of course Elsa (Frozen). Scarlett because she is amazing and dresses like a Southern goddess, Annie Wilkes because of her realness, Jane Eyre because she is strong in the good sense of the word, and Elsa – I can’t even describe my feelings for this character. ‘Love’ is too weak a word for it.

Do you have any favourite female characters?

The little prince

A new Swedish prince was born yesterday, Prince Oscar Carl Olof Bernadotte. I love the name and, well, I just love anything royal to be honest. Monarchy is problematic, obviously, but I can’t help finding it beautiful that there’s so much tradition and history that comes with having a royal family. I guess it has a lot to do with my writing, too, because I’ve always enjoyed making up stories about aristocrats and the like, and I love luxurious settings. One of the best parts of writing Entertaining the Sombrevilles was to create the family tree, and give everyone names and titles. Coming up with names for characters has been one of my favourite pastimes ever since I was a child. Which means I always have to create lots of characters, just so I can name them.

If I ever have children, they’ll have so many names. Three each would not be enough!

Editing

  
This weekend I’m busy editing Entertaining the Sombrevilles, the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo. Having so much fun with this story!

I also got around to watching the recent TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none. An excellent mini-series altogether and the casting is insanely good – I mean, Douglas Booth, Aidan Turner, Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill in the same production? I would have watched no matter what the story was. My friend had told me earlier that Douglas Booth’s character had a lot in common with the main character of Entertaining the Sombrevilles and she was more than right, oh my God. He’s such a great actor and I can’t wait to watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, which has both Booth and Matt Smith in it. ^______^ 

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! ❤

Top 3s meme

I found a meme and thought it seemed fun and fangirly, so here we go! Source: http://actualpirateking.tumblr.com/post/107158477228/ask-my-top-3s

Ask My Top 3s

  • 1: Top 3 heroes/protagonists

Bilbo (The Hobbit), The Doctor (Dr Who), Sherlock (Sherlock)

  • 2: Top 3 villains/antagonists

Jareth (Labyrinth), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), Scar (The Lion King)

  • 3: Top 3 supporting characters

Donna Noble (Dr Who), Rose Tyler (Dr Who), John Watson (Sherlock)

  • 4: Top 3 background characters or side characters

Captain Jack Harkness (Dr Who), Wilfred Mott (Dr Who), Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl)

  • 5: Top 3 romantic relationships between characters

Seregil/Alec (Nightrunner), Chuck/Blair (Gossip Girl), Tim/Dawn (The Office)

  • 6: Top 3 friendships between characters

The Doctor & Donna Noble (Dr Who), Sherlock & John (Sherlock), Sirius & Remus (HP)

  • 7: Top 3 fictional families

The Nobles (Doctor Who), The Malfoys (HP), The Macahans (How the West Was Won)

  • 8: Top 3 fictional parents

Lucius & Narcissa Malfoy (HP), Lord & Lady Grantham (Downton Abbey), Lily & Rufus (Gossip Girl)

  • 9: Top 3 fictional siblings

Anna & Elsa (Frozen), Riff Raff & Magenta (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Fred & George (HP)

  • 10: Top 3 child characters

Wednesday Addams (Addams Family), Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz), Matilda (Matilda)

  • 11: Top 3 elderly characters

Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle), Wilfred Mott (Dr Who), Albus Dumbledore (HP)

  • 12: Top 3 fictional animals/pets

K9 (Dr Who), Hedwig (HP), Luna (Sailor Moon)

  • 13: Top 3 fictional locations

Fantasia (The Never-ending Story), Moomin Valley, Narnia

  • 14: Top 3 fictional gadgets/devices

The TARDIS (Dr Who), the Time-Turner (HP), the Invisibility Cloak (HP)

  • 15: Top 3 character backstories

Sasuke (Naruto), Gaara (Naruto), Haku (Naruto)

  • 16: Top 3 characters who die

Sirius Black (HP), Albus Dumbledore (HP), Haku & Zabuza (Naruto)

  • 17: Top 3 non-human characters

The Daleks (Dr Who), Gollum (LOTR), Aslan (Narnia)

  • 18: Top 3 fictional worlds/universes

Doctor Who, Naruto, LOTR

  • 19: Top 3 animated series

Naruto, Sailor Moon, Gummi Bears

  • 20: Top 3 live-action series

Doctor Who, Sherlock, Lost

  • 21: Top 3 animated movies

Spirited Away, The Little Mermaid, Gake no ue no Ponyo

  • 22: Top 3 live-action movies

Gone With The Wind, Battle Royale, Black Swan

  • 23: Top 3 books

The Never-ending story by Michael Ende, Wool by Hugh Howey, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  • 24: Top 3 comics/webcomics

Thorgal by Rosinski & Van Hamme, God Child by Kaori Yuki, Maran by Lina Neidestam

  • 25: Top 3 series/movies/books from my childhood

Jurassic Park, Duck Tales, the Narnia books

  • 26: Top 3 obscure series/movies/books I recommend

Movies: J’ai tué ma mère, Formula 17, series: 1 Litre of Tears

  • 27: Top 3 musicals or plays

Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret

  • 28: Top 3 songs from musicals

Gethsemane (Jesus Christ Superstar), You Can’t Stop The Beat (Hairspray), The Time Warp (Rocky Horror Show)

  • 29: Top 3 funny moments in fiction

I can’t think of any specific ones but I’m sure they all involve the Doctor somehow 😉

  • 30: Top 3 tearjerking moments in fiction

When Sirius died, when Dumbledore died (HP), when Sam helped Frodo up the mountain :’(

  • 31: Top 3 heartwarming moments in fiction

When the Doctor celebrated Christmas together with Rose’s family (Dr Who), the ending of “Vincent and the Doctor” (Dr Who), Sherlock being John’s best man (Sherlock)

  • 32: Top 3 scary moments in fiction

There are far too many 😦

  • 33: Top 3 awesome moments in fiction

The lighting of the beacons (LOTR), the battle of the Pelennor Fields (LOTR), the ending of Jurassic World