I came across a character I’d never heard of the other day that I immediately wanted on my fantasy feminist team.
I would’ve called the post dedicated to her “The 12th (Wo)man: Rounding out the Fantasy Feminist Line-up.”
Then I discovered a whole host of female characters that I love.
My reasons for choosing these characters are less clear-cut and, in some cases, heavily influenced by aesthetics, hence the second-string designation. Still, I found so many great fictional women (some of them BY ACCIDENT) that I didn’t want to leave anyone out.
Background Anakin Skywalker feels very attacked right now because EVERYONE KEEPS TREATING HIM LIKE A CHILD. Thought to be the Chosen One, Anakin excels in acting rashly and crying about it later. His flirting skills need WORK.
Forced out of Lunar society, Cress Darnell spent most of her youth on a satellite hacking Earth’s security feed. Easily impressed, Cress swoons over scoundrels and expresses delight in mundane things like sand. Her flirting skills, along with her life skills, do not exist. Girl is DUMB.
The Couple Alas, Anakin’s hatred for sand might keep these two apart.
I find it hard to ship someone as unlikable as Anakin. Who wouldn’t be disillusioned by all that child murder? Or, you know…regular murder?
But come on. These two have plenty in common, including childhood enslavement and a love of space travel.
Sure, there are things to dislike about this pairing. Rage. Jealousy. A disturbing height difference.
And, yes, the character Cress fears most is an angry giant with murderous instincts…which pretty much describes Anakin.