I like strong women who add to the story. She doesn't always have to be able to physically kick ass, a sharp tongue, a rebellious streak, a fearless soul or a woman who, instead of whimpering in the corner, picks up a lead pipe and bashes the villain over the head before he hurts the hero. I think Jessica Rabbit is a great example of a kick ass chick. She's beautiful, sexy and struts around in a tight red dress. If you didn't know her you wouldn't take her seriously as a threat right. But throughout the movie she had her man's back and she was a female no one messed with. A true femme fatal. A red-head with attitude.....
Then there is the flip side of the coin, the damsel in distress. The hero's always saving her, she's easy prey for the villain and she frustrates the hell out of me. You know the type...when the killer/zombie's chasing her she trips and starts crawling on her butt, crying and begging for him not to hurt her, and you're shouting at the book or movie...just kill her already... I quickly lose interest in novels with weak heroines that constantly need the hero to rescue her at every turn. Now this isn't the feminist in me talking, I like a knight in shining armour, but come on. The helpless heroine!!! She's just insulting.
I said in my ginger post that I'm partial to red-heads as my female heroine. The truth is I don't really care what the heroine looks like. I'm partial to red-heads because of the type of personality I'm expecting to see. I like fiery women who gives the hero a little trouble. Not trouble in the way that I'm cursing at the book because I'm frustrated at her stupidity, but trouble in the way that she doesn't make everything easy for the hero, she makes him work for it and she's not afraid to curse him out.
So unlike the heroes, who I'm sad to admit (no I'm not) physical appearance can be as important as his personality, for the women...eh...not so much. She can be gorgeous or she can be a plain Jane, it's irrelevant for me. Once she's strong, intelligent and kick ass.
And that's my naughty thoughts on kick-ass chicks.
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