Good morning and welcome to a brand new week! How the devil are you?
First and foremost, I would like to apologise for the gaps inbetween my blog posts recently. My work schedule has prevented me from writing every day, for which I can only apologise and offer you a compensatory biscuit. That being said, I have decided that from now on I will only be posting on weekdays, mainly so that you can go about your weekend unpestered by my ramblings. Sound good? Marvellous.
Today’s blog post is about the sneaking suspicion most girls have about themselves, which is (brace yourselves, ladies) that we don’t actually want to be the heroine of a story. Oh, sure, we want the romance and the struggle and the ultimate happy ending, but we want to be allowed to get there on our terms. We want to know that we can succeed without the necessary caveat of being beautiful, or the genetic good luck to have incredibly long, climbable hair. The women we most admire and aspire to are the funny best friends and the sarcastic sidekicks – the characters who get the best lines and the best results.
Female characters who have an amusing foible or a deplorable flaw are, in film, literature and television, much more empathetic to modern women than their swooning, seductive counterparts. The heroines of stories are willed by the reader or viewer to get the prescribed happy ending, because that’s what we are programmed to expect: give us a pretty girl in a pickle and we are desperate for her to find her bliss. But show us a character who is less impeachably perfect and more honestly human, and that’s who we want to be. We want to be the girl on the sideline who manages to win just by being herself.
Wouldn’t you rather be a Rizzo than a Sandy? Nessa wins over Stacey, outright. And deep down, don’t you think it would be fun to be more of a Karen than a Grace? Why do you think movie writers keep inventing ‘kooky friend’ characters, anyway? Because they know that those are the women we actually relate to.
These female characters are not perfect, but they are perfectly believable, which is definitely more important. They might be bitchy, crazy or even prone to singing at high school for no reason, but there are worse things they could do. (Geddit?) These women are actually doing us all a favour by reminding us that you don’t have to be blonde, adorable or star-crossed in order to get what you want – you can (and should) just be yourself.
And why wouldn’t you be yourself, while we’re at it? You’re brilliant!
Have a miraculous Monday.