Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Iconic female characters in film and what they mean to me*

Throughout the years women in films have gradually taken on more central or protagonist lead roles in film and it has been fantastic to see! For me it's really important to have female representation in films, because not only do we represent half the population, it's also hugely important to have female characters that break gender barriers and show young girls and women that we don't have to be a certain way to get to where we want to be.

With the snow now coming in and temperatures plummeting, if for some reason you don't fancy braving the elements, stay home get cosy in front of your TV, maybe even treat yourself to an upgraded version like the Oled TV Panasonic and settle down to watch some of the below iconic female characters in their five star roles.

five iconic female characters in film

Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)

I was 12 years old when I watched Legally Blonde and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I was at a friends house for a sleepover and we put the film on. Elle Woods taught me that anything was possible if I put my mind to it and for the longest time I badly wanted to be a barrister. She also taught me that I don't have to change myself to get to where I want to be. Legally Blonde is basically a feminist movie that will never get old (apart from maybe the er fashion choices!)

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Not only is Hermione from my all time favourite book series, she is also one of the most iconic and well loved characters in film. Hermione is super smart and again not afraid to be herself and fights the stereotype that comes with her high intelligence. She's brave, a hugely loyal friend and fights for what is right. She's not only a fantastic role model for girls but for boys too. She was one of the first female characters who really struck a chord with me and went against the stereotype that girls usually play.

Sarah Connor (The Terminator)

The Terminator is definitely not my usual choice of film and if it hadn't of been for Sarah Connor, I doubt very much that I would have watched it at all. Sarah is what makes the Terminator chronicles the epicness that it is for me, without her they just wouldn't have been the same. Even when Emilia Clarke takes over the role from Linda Hamilton, Sarah's strong character still shines through. It says a lot about Sarah as a character if she can get viewers to watch something that wouldn't normally appeal to them. In the first film she's was just your average type woman thrown into a horrendous situation outside of her control, however it's this situation that shapes her and in the second film we get Sarah Connor 2.0, showing that women can still be women but be tough. I like that she is another character that goes against the stereotype and I like to believe that I would be just like her in her situation. Here's to more female characters in action packed films.

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Probably one of the most memorable scenes from the film and of course from the book is when Katniss volunteers for her sister Prue. It's a scene that will forever stay with me and something that I know in my heart of hearts I would do the same. Family is hugely important to me as it is for Katniss so I quickly built an affinity with her. She is a girl that listens to her heart and not her head, she fights for what is right no matter what the cost. She is basically the embodiment of everything I wish I was more of and aspire to be.

Mulan (Mulan)

Very much related to Katniss, Mulan is another character who puts her family before herself. Her Father has been drafted into the war but he is too old and Mulan can't bear to see him go, so she cuts her hair, pretends to be a man and goes in his place. Mulan's courage is something that always sticks with me. She had so much to lose, her honour, her family's honour, but she did it to save her Father. Mulan is so unlike the other earlier Disney princesses we encounter and another character that goes against the stereotype that women are only sweet, caring, kind and gentle and rely on others for help. Mulan is a tomboy, independent, strong and not afraid to speak her mind. Another character breaking gender barriers and letting myself and other women know that we don't have to be a certain way and we can stand up for ourselves and follow our hearts.

*this post is sponsored by panasonic

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