April 17th, 2010

Donna, DW-Donna-Thoughtful

Fictional women I have loved

It's a grey, rainy day and I've slept through most of it. I'm mostly staying out of the current Mary Sue meta drama (oh, I have opinions, all right, but little stomach for drama ATM). There are quite a lot of male characters I quite like, but I find myself wanting to mention some female characters who have rocked my world.

This isn't a comprehensive list (though if I've left off a major character from a mentioned work, there's likely a reason, but I'm not really looking to get into it here). This list is skewed towards more recent works, because I haven't exactly kept a running list of "great women in fiction" over my life and my memory is sketchy. I don't always agree with these characters. But most of them are the sort of woman I want to grow up to be and/or have fallen in love with, in some fashion or another.

Side characters:
Reinette, Doctor Who (modern Series Two). Strong and assertive. She knows what she wants and doesn't hesitate to go for it; she has a lot of disappointment in her life, but she doesn't let it rule her.

Liz Ten, Doctor Who, (modern Series Five). I don't want to say much about her because not many have seen her yet, but she's pretty damn amazing ... except where she's all too human.

Mary Ahrens, The Doomsday Book. It's hard to put my finger on why she comes to mind, but I do really like her. She's warm and sympathetic, giving the appearance of a retiring older Englishwoman, but the moment she's called on to be a doctor, she switches effortlessly into the role. She's supremely dedicated to her responsibilities.

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How's that for a bunch of amazing women?
General-Words-stfu, stfu

Stop pretending to be on my side!

So this David Shields guy seems like a complete tool, doing more harm to the concept of Fair Use than any frontal assault could. "All art is theft"? What a brain-dead reading of a complex phenomenon. Go away, dude.

That said, Stephen Colbert pretty much pwned him this past Wednesday. I almost missed it because I was looking down, but I figured out what was going on just in time. Hee.