Which female in your life changed your direction? Motivated you or inspired you to become someone different? I think for most of us our mother’s, aunt’s, sister’s and grandmother’s probably are ranked pretty high up. There are a few other’s too; for example someone that I personally admire as a woman is: Mother Teresa: Strong and productive, she rolled her sleeves up and got on with it. Most of all she made a difference with little reward.
However, since we are a digital studio I wanted to think about the Fictional Females because whilst we may not want to believe it, some of these have probably impacted us just as much as live Females: So we’ll look at females from Games, Film and Animation. Please feel free to comment and tell us which Fictional Female inspires you:
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) Alien (1979): As strong as they get. Gets ignored throughout the film by the Captain, ends up taking on an Alien and surviving. Then goes back with a load of roughnecks (RIP Bill Paxton) and does it all again this time saving a soldier and a kid. Strong determined will against all odds. Fantastically believable character with a fantastic believable actress.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (1996 on wards): Female gaming icon you gotta love her. Has the looks, the figure and great adventures. Daring and intelligent. What female wouldn’t want to be her…for at least a day!
Liara T’soni (Mass Effect Franchise) (2007 on wards): Alien Female ‘Asari’ Again another good looking with a fit figure female portrayed in a game. However, what is inspiring about Dr. Liara. T’soni is she is written as an intelligent female who can take care of herself. She is seen throughout the three games to seemingly grow up before the gamer. She goes from an intelligent historian to an even more intelligent shadow Broker in between having a very meaningful relationship with Commander Shepard (depending on the options you chose as a gamer) Her presence in the game drives forward the message that she stands out from her own all-female race because of her bloodline and her crazy mother. She’s had it tough but doesn’t let that cloud her judgement, she gets on with it, respects her superiors and is a massive support to her team. When her planet falls in ME3 she continues to fight the enemy and to help others. A very well written character and a genius at multi-tasking.
Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) (1988): The hair, figure and husky voice. Jessica Rabbit has it all and she is faithful to the end to Roger Rabbit. A woman who has choices before her but chooses to do the right things, who would not be inspired!
Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe): Beautiful, seductive, intelligent and tragic. Roslyn is everything that Marilyn Monroe was. A woman scared of getting older, scared of the future and trying to find a place in the world, wanting to be loved and cared for. This character demonstrates a life lived dealing and hiding mental illness. This character demonstrates a clear distinction between women and men. The emotional speech about the Mustang killings sees both sides; the divided responsibilities and the emotion of dealing with decisions made; do you make a living or let the Mustangs go? Roslyn becomes an extraordinary women standing up for an animal that is worn out and out of time, similarly like herself, Marilyn Monroe, Roslyn and the Mustang all share that hopelessness when faced with difficult circumstances. Yet they all draw a graceful strength from it and let the audience make up their own minds. If nothing else, a powerful message of needing help is clear from this character. Why be inspired? Marilyn Monroe inspired Arthur Miller to write the character.