Chloe Finch, Alligator Blogger
Something about being back home for the holidays always causes me to regress. After setting aside 48 hours to hibernate and stuffing myself with as much homemade food as possible, I plan to spend the rest of break watching my old movies and reading my old books in my bedroom, which is still has painted-purple walls and my life-sized cardboard cutout of John Mayer.
Here are a few childhood heroines I’ll be revisiting.
5. Sailor Moon of “Sailor Moon S” (English adaptation)
The “Sailor Moon S” cartoon series, adapted from a Japanese manga series, never loses its appeal. Sailor Moon is a complex (but flawed) individual, again embodying traits of third-wave feminism. As the theme song states, she spends her adolescence “fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight.” She is suddenly saddled with the responsibility of defending the universe as a teen, and during the day she deals with crushes, bullies, her best friends and body issues. But as her alter ego, Sailor Moon, she fights villains with confidence, poise and sass.
4. Princess Leia of the original “Star Wars” trilogy
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . Princess Leia was kicking ass and taking names, all while rocking the unforgettable cinnamon-bun hairstyle.
3. Daria Morgendorffer of “Daria”
When “Daria” was finally added to Netflix, I was ecstatic. She was the portrait of sanity in an insane family living in an insane middle-class suburb. “Daria” will live forever as the misanthropic hero of my adolescence.
2. Enid and Rebecca of the graphic novel “Ghost World”
Enid and Rebecca share some of Daria’s cynical qualities but do so on a much deeper, more complex level. The girls, both high-school graduates, wander around an unnamed American town, mocking their peers and criticizing pop culture.
As the novel progresses, a tension forms between the women as they begin to reach adulthood. Enid plans to move away to go to college, while Rebecca will stay in town to pursue a relationship with her and Enid’s mutual friend Josh.
Another example of anti-heroes, Daniel Clowes captures a female friendship built on more than Disney-channel trivialities.
1. Buffy of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
No question, Buffy is a feminist’s feminist. Buffy fights demons and triumphs over evil because of her femininity — not in spite of it.
Who were your fictional heroes growing up ONTD?