Point the first: if you’re not reading Bricu’s thread, “Disappointment,” which he stealth-posted on Saturday, you’re missing out. Go on over and join the discussion of Jaina Proudmoore v. 2.0.
Stemming from a few of the comments there about the relative scarcity of strong female characters in fantasy, I thought this would be a good spot for you lot to share your recommendations for books, movies, games and tv shows that feature women who aren’t just supporting cast for the male protagonist.
Tarquin got us started off with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law Trilogy (and I’ll add in his new book, Best Served Cold), and Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy.
Itanya gave us Curse of the Azure Blade.
I’m going to throw in Frannie Goldsmith from The Stand and Susannah from The Dark Tower series. I know, Stephen King’s not exactly fantasy, but I won’t tell if you won’t (and the Dark Tower books I’d argue are fantasy.) Pamela Freeman’s The Castings Trilogy (Blood Ties, Deep Water, and Full Circle) have a stellar cast of characters who challenge stereotypes without bashing you off the head with it.
For tv series, there’s Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, just to start.
And here’s what I want you to remember: “strong female character” doesn’t have to mean ass-kicking super warrior. I know Rashona has expressed frustration several times when female characters who like to cook and sew get dismissed out of hand, and she’s right for that.
So, have at it! Add to my (and I’m sure several others’ here…) never-ending piles of books to read and things to watch!