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Well… well… well… Look what the quarantine drug in. Hey there friends of B+S! It’s been too long, I know, but your girl got some much needed anxiety-reducing space to clear my head and make sense of everything that was happening around me. I didn’t know how long this “freeze” would last, but I did know that it was important not to rush the process. My body and my mind were in defensive, recovery mode and they knew when the time would be right for me to start creating again…. writing again. Well, my last post was March 20th, and I’m more than happy to say that it only took a little over 3 weeks for my natural rhythm to get back in sync. I won’t dwell too much on my last 3 weeks of numbness because I would much rather hang out with my bookish family and do a fun a little book tag about some kick-ass female characters instead. Let’s jump into the Underrated Female Characters Book Tag, shall we?

The Rules:

I guess what the book tag is all about is pretty self-explanatory, so we don’t need to get into that, but with every great tag comes some simple rules to follow. This particular tag is no exception:

  • Pingback to the creator of this tag at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
  • Have fun!

No one tagged me to do this, I chose it I guess you can say. Kate, thanks for giving us this amazing tag because it got me out of my writing slump, and I needed a push.

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Name a heroine you like, but whom you feel is overshadowed by the male characters in the story?

I hate to be cliche in the name of being cliche, but when you need an answer to a question like this, always look to Harry Potter. The characterizations would never lead you astray. When I thought about the question, the first person to pop up in my mind was the pastry baking, wand toting Mrs. Molly Weasley. She was such a badass and she was outshined by the boys (and some girls) every time.

Anyone who’s read the books (and even those who only watched the movies) can attest that our girl Molly here could hold an entire order of rebel wizards in her home, feed them a four-course meal, get all the laundry and the cleaning done and still find time to kill one of the evilest witches to ever roam the Earth.

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Even though we love Arthur Weasley, we can all admit that he was not on the same level as Molly, yet time and time again she allowed him to take the limelight, while she remained the humble housewife and caring mother. I know, I know… it sounds bad when you say it out loud, but don’t run out and burn your bras just yet. Molly was fine living this role and felt that it was just as essential to the well being of the ones that she loved, as being a prominent member of the Order of the Phoenix. She always knew she was that Bitch… and that’s really what counts.

For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.

You know who didn’t get as much respect as the other ladies in The Lord of the Rings? Eowyn, Lady of Rohan. She just wasn’t as popular as Arwen and Galadriel most likely because she was mere human when they were majestic elves. But don’t let her mortal fate blind you from seeing the hero she truly was.

Eowyn was a loyal loving daughter and a loyal sister, ready to fight for her kingdom and her people. I mean c’mon, she disguised herself as a man and rode off into battle against her father’s wishes. She confronted the Witch-king, stabbed her sword through his head, almost succumbed to death from “Black Breath”, lived through it (which was remarkable), and later laid down her shield and went off to be a devoted wife and mother until her death. Can’t get more cut-throat than that can you?

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Name a character who had great potential, but was greatly underutilized in her story.

One of my top 5 favorite reads, The Sorcery of Thorns (which is amazing, and you should really read it if you haven’t…) had an amazing female character, Katrien, that had a ton of potential, however, her light was just about as bright as the dismal library that she and her best friend Lisbeth Scrivener roamed the halls of every day.

Katrien was that super smart girl that your “hero” of the story couldn’t live or complete his or her mission without their help. She was funny, elusive, and she rode hard for her friend no matter what. Even though she had all the makings of a top-notch supporting character, her story-line fizzled in the background, and she dully became “Elisabeth’s best friend who’ll show up when she needed something smart done.” She deserved better…

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Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals are equal.

One of my all-time favorite series is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth Salander was EVERYTHING! She was fierce yet fragile, she hated assholes and she took justice in her own hands. Did I mention that she was a hacking god and one of the most intelligent female characters I’ve ever read? Well, if I didn’t, she is!

Also, side-note: I guess I really dig reading books with chicks named “Lisbeth” in them… who knew?

After reading the trilogy, I was more than assured that there was no way the movies would do her any justice. Well the version where Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist in 2011 came pretty damn close to nailing the dark and dangerous persona that embodied that of Lisbeth Salander.

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Name a character you want more backstory on…

I would love to hear a little more about Oriana, the wife of Madoc, in The Cruel Prince. You hear a bit about her life and sacrifices that she made to protect those she loved dearly, but we could use a better look into who she was before marrying Madoc when she was still just a consort of the King. I bet she had to endure some hard times, and it shaped who she was to become in the years following. I remember not really liking her at the beginning, but wanting her to be a part of the story more by the end.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, original photo by Bri Hotchkiss creator of Books and Shadows

ANNNNND…

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Those are my answers to this all-girl cast of bad-assery. Do you think I forgot someone important that fits the bill? Leave a comment stating your case, I bet you’ll have some dope perspective.

Check out some of my other book tags if you need something to do during this quarantine.

Bri’s being a bad girl…

I won’t be “tagging” anyone in particular and invite anyone who reads this and likes it to do their own, just come back and leave a comment tagging your post so I can check it out. I would love to read your responses.

I originally saw this post done by Kristyn at The Bibilipphile Empress and she had some great answers. Check her out, she’s worth it.

This was a great way to break the ice and get back into blogging… I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Until next time…

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