Character Assessment · Uncategorized

International Women’s Day

Happy international women’s day! Today our sisters all over the world are celebrating our power and the way that we have proved ourselves time and again. So what better way to celebrate the accomplishments of real women than by looking at some lovely fandom ladies? I’m going to post about five girls, in no particular order, who slay, rise up, and look really good while doing it. Girls rule the world!

 

Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings)

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When I said “girls who slay”, I literally meant, in Eowyn’s case, girls who slay. Eowyn is a shieldmaiden, a female warrior who has no fear of battle or death. The only thing she fears is obscurity, and once she wins glory for herself, (saving the whole world in the process), Eowyn is bulletproof. Fearless. Perfect. Though she was always that. She shows us a beautiful love story, both for the man she will marry and the world she seeks to defend. Eowyn is an amazing woman, and that’s why she’s on this list.

What makes Eowyn different: She’s a princess, but she doesn’t need anyone’s protection. She is headstrong, as well as physically strong.

What makes her a good role model: Eowyn teaches girls that no matter what circumstances they are in, they can find a way to fight out of it.

Inspiring Eowyn Quote: You are looking upon a woman. Eowyn am I, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.

 

Nina Rosario (In the Heights)

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Nina is from “In the Heights”, a musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda about Hispanic immigrants living in Washington Heights. Nina is one of the first from their relatively poor neighborhood to make it to college – Stanford, one of the country’s best. Everyone expects amazing things from her, but now, she’s not sure if she can live up to their expectations. See, Nina has just dropped out of college, and she is having an identity crisis. There are too many reasons for this to list here, but suffice it to say she frankly doesn’t know what she wants or who she is. And then she falls in love. Benny, a man who works for her father, is able to help her, and with his aid and her own perseverance, Nina is healed and able to understand what she wants to achieve.

What makes Nina different: Nina is brilliant, smart, and capable, but she is also broken. She needs someone to help her see these things in herself so that she can use her many gifts to do something she will be proud of.

What makes her a good role model: Sometimes, people need to ask for help. Nina shows us that this is okay, that we don’t need to fill ourselves up with pride and assume “I don’t need a man”. As a woman, this is a great lesson.

Inspiring Nina Quote: “I feel like all my life I’ve tried to find the answer
Working harder, learning Spanish, learning all I can
I thought I might find the answers out at Stanford
But I’d stare out at the sea
Thinking, Where am I supposed to be?
So please don’t say you’re proud of me, when I’ve lost my way”

 

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

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Luna is the perfect blend of wacky, unique, intelligent, and brave. She stands out because of the way she dresses, but also because of the way she treats people. Luna is kind to everyone, and sees their potential even when they don’t. Because of the weird aura that she gives off, people tend to stay away from her and find her strange, but Luna never lets anyone’s opinion affect her, instead continuing to be who she is and not care what anyone thinks of her. Give it up for this amazing girl!

What makes Luna different: Luna is easy to spot from a crowd. She’s a unique individual, and she lets that show in the way she dresses and in her personality.

What makes her a good role model: It’s so easy to conform to the standard and try to fill a mold. Luna teaches girls why you don’t have to do this to be beautiful inside and out.

Inspiring Luna Quote: “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

Gwen (Merlin)

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Gwen is kind and loving. She has a desire to protect everyone. She is the love interest of Prince Arthur, but unlike some portrayals of Guinevere, in “Merlin”, she has a real personality behind that. She may seem to fade into the background, but everyone is always able to rely on her in times of trouble, sadness, or just for a laugh when things are peaceful. Even when things get dark, Gwen keeps persisting, helping the wounded and setting things straight again. Her presence lights up a room, and no matter who you ship Arthur with, you cannot help but love Guinevere.

What makes Gwen different: She’s not a warrior, but she possesses a survivor’s spirit. She has a maternal instinct, even though we never actually get to see her as a mother.

What makes her a good role model: The roles of a mother and a wife are two of the most important roles a woman will ever have to play. Gwen teaches us how to excel at both.

Inspiring Gwen quotes: “I may be the Queen, but you don’t have to hide your secrets from me.”

Tenoh Haruka (Sailor Moon)

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I have not watched all of either Sailor Moon anime, so all of this is based off of Haruka in the manga. Haruka, also known as Sailor Uranus, is one of the ten Sailor Senshei that protect the world. She is also the princess of Uranus. Haruka is sassy and headstrong, and she is also fierce, especially when protecting people that she loves. What’s really unique about Haruka, though, comes when you understand the time period Sailor Moon came out in. The show came out in the 90s, a time when women’s rights and LGBT rights were not hot button issues like they are now. Haruka stood for both. Additionally, all ten of the Sailor Senshei are fighters and warriors, while still remaining very feminine. (Haruka is maybe the exception to this as she is usually in disguise as a boy – though she does wear skirts sometimes.) This is inspiring, not only for little girls in the 90s, but for girls of all ages even today.

What makes Haruka different: Haruka can’t be labeled under any stereotype or classified by any trope. Instead, she created her own category. And she rocked it.

What makes her a good role model: Haruka teaches girls to fight for what they believe in, and she, along with the other Senshei, shows us the rawest, most perfect definition of girl power.

Inspiring Haruka Quote: “Maybe you misunderstood. A world without Haruka isn’t a world worth saving.” – Sailor Neptune

So who are your favorite fictional ladies? I wanted to do more, but I’m running out of time, and I need to get going for my day. So I’m putting it in your hands to give plenty more! Tell me who they are and why they’re inspiring to you, and I’ll feature several answers in a future post.

Get out there and rock it today, ladies!

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Fanfiction · Uncategorized

The Tenth Day of Fanfic

Soooo many men in fanfic lately! So today, it’s all girls! Ten girls to be exact. Because…

On the tenth day of fanfic my H.G. gave to me… ten scouts a-gifting.

Nine guys a-walking!

Eight “chefs” a-cooking!

Seven Jedi dudes!

Six knights a-training…

FIVE JARS OF RUM!!!!!

Four kids and Aslan!

Three wizard ships.

Two-oo festive daleks

And the Everdeen’s Christmas tree!

Author’s note: This takes place sometime after Usagi and Mamoru are married, and Chibiusa has been born. So, Chibusa is a baby and they live in Crystal Tokyo at this point. Also, for those not familiar with the Japanese honorific system, people in Japan tag names with an “honorific”, or a title. “Chan” is a cutesy, friendly term. “San” is slightly more formal, so like calling someone Miss/Mr. such-and-such. Those are probably the only two honorfics I will use, but… we’ll see!

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Usagi Serenity Tsukino sat with her daughter on her lap in her bedroom of the Crystal Tokyo palace. On her left sat Minako, head on Usagi’s shoulder. On her right sat Ami, strumming her lap harp absently. In the corner, a pile of gifts was growing beneath the tree, which Rei and Makoto were sifting through.

“Hey, Usagi!” shouted Makoto, shaking a package. “What’s in this?”

“I’m not tellin’ you!” teased Usagi, running a comb through Chibiusa’s hair. “You have to wait for the Outer Sailors.”

“Aww…” Makoto said gloomily. “What’s taking them so long? Haruka-san can drive really fast.”

“Haruka’s coming by herself, remember?” said Minako, raising her head.  “She was doing work on her planet. And Setsuna-san’s bringing Hotaru.”

“‘Taru! ‘Taru!” squealed Chibiusa happily, clapping her hands. Naturally, she knew nothing of her future self befriending Hotaru, though Hotaru did. All Chibiusa knew was that Hotaru spoiled her, and anyone who spoiled her deserved affection.

“What about Michiru?” asked Ami, hanging backwards off the edge of the couch as she strummed her harp. “Is she coming with Haruka, or Setsuna or Hotaru?”

“By herself, I think,” said Usagi.

They all groaned.

“She almost failed her driver’s test! How can she drive all the way out here?!” exclaimed Rei, clapping a hand to her brow.

“I think she’s flying,” said Usagi.

“I hope she’s flying,” Rei mumbled.

There came a knock on the door.

Ami hopped up from the couch, and Rei and Makoto rushed to the door.

“Hellooooooo sailors!” shouted Haruka, flinging it open before they could get it for her. She had massive bags hanging from her shoulders, a gift box tied to her shoulder, and small packages dangling from either hand.

“Haruka-san!” they all cheered.

Please, aren’t I ‘chan’ yet?” teased Haruka, turning sideways to fit through the door.

Usagi handed Chibiusa to Minako so she could run to embrace Haruka. “Haruka-chan, I missed you!” she said.

“Mmhmm, me, too,” said Haruka, brushing a kiss on Usagi’s cheek as she shrugged the presents off her shoulders. “How are you, Usa?”

“Great!” Usagi beamed at the pile of presents. “Are any of those for me?”

“Well, let’s see. There are nine, and there are nine of you. So what do you think?” Haruka untied the large package from her shoulder and slipped it under the tree, then straightened up with a hand on her hip. “So! Where’s the king?”

“Mamoru’s out shopping,” said Usagi.

“For you?”

Usagi grinned. “I tole him today was a girl’s day.”

“You are so spoiled,” said Haruka, ruffling her hair. She grinned. “Well, it’s good to be home,” she said, going to a couch and dangling her legs off the side.

“And you always did make yourself at home,” teased Minako, carrying Chibiusa over, and Chibiusa giggled.

“‘Ruka’than!” she giggled. “Where ‘Taru?”

“Aww, still not over our lisp, eh pretty princess?” said Haruka, fluffing the princess’s hair.

“Hotaru-chan’s coming with Setsuna, Chibi-chan,” said Minako, handing the baby back to Usagi. “Remember?”

“Aww. Chibi wan’ see ‘Taru now!” said Chibiusa with a pout.

And then there was another knock.

“‘TARU!” squealed Chibiusa. “‘Taru here, Mama!”

“Maybe,” said Usagi, kissing the top of her daughter’s head.

Rei, who was still standing by the door, pulled it open to admit Setsuna, carrying a small box and leading Hotaru by the hand.

“‘Taru!” squealed Chibiusa, wriggling like mad.

“Chibusa-chan!” The girl ran over to her friend and took her from Usagi’s arms. “Oh… do you mind, Usagi-san?”

“Not at all,” laughed Usagi. Chibiusa covered Hotaru’s face in kisses.

“Missed you, ‘Taru!”

“Missed you too, you l’il Chibi!”

Setsuna grinned, walking in. “Hello, all.” She handed the box to Ami. “This is for you.”

“Oh, Setsuna-san!” gasped Ami as she ripped off the wrapping paper to reveal chemistry vials. “Are these from you laboratory?”

“Of course!” Setsuna smiled. She’s always had a soft spot for the intelligent Ami. “Merry Christmas.”

Ami beamed and went to set the vials by her harp where they wouldn’t be broken.

Setsuna walked to Haruka and hugged her, then held her out by her shoulders. “Well! It’s been a while!” She linked her arm through Haruka’s. “You are coming home with me and Michiru and no ‘buts’ about it.”

Michiru, Setsuna, and Haruka were all best friends. When baby Hotaru was found, parentless, they had agreed to raise her together, living in Haruka’s luxurious apartment until Hotaru was old enough to fulfill her duties as Sailor Saturn. Then they had gone their own ways to fulfill seperate missions, but they always maintained a strong bond and often stayed together at Haruka’s apartment anyway. Hotaru accompanied them on various missions, or went on her own. Usually she was in Setsuna’s care or babysitting Chibiusa.

“But -” began Haruka, just to be annoying.

“No ‘buts’!” said Setsuna, and they laughed and hugged again. “You’re so fresh.”

“I know,” said Haruka. Usagi rolled her eyes.

Then the door burst open and Michiru flew in.

“Haruka-chan! Setsuna-chan!!!!” she squealed, rushing past everyone else in a blur of green hair and clothes. “I missed you!!!!”

“So, I guess she didn’t drive,” Rei whispered to Makoto, and they chuckled quietly.

Michiru overhead them. “I flew, thanks,” she said. Then she turned back to Haruka and Setsuna. “So, whatcha get me?”

“Michiru-mama!” called Hotaru.

“Oh, hello, darling.” Michiru gave her a quick kiss on her head. “So, whatcha get me?”

 

The scouts sat in a circle, wrapping paper and gifts at their feet. Makoto was tearing open a frosting kit from Minako. When she had it unwrapped, she grinned.

“Thanks, Mina-chan!” she said, hugging her friend. “But, not very subtle, you know?”

“Whatdaya mean?” asked Mina, picking up her cat as he passed.

“I mean, this means you want cupcakes, am I right?”

Minako grinned. “Okay, now Rei!” She handed over Rei’s gift.

“Oooh!” said Rei, seeing a pack of arrows for her bow. “Thanks, Mina. Now, here’s what I got you.” She handed her a piece of paper.

“A subscription to a dating website?” said Makoto, reading over her shoulder.

“Yay! Now maybe I’ll get a boyfriend!” cheered Minako.

“Blech,” said Haruka, sticking out her tougne. “Boys are so gross.”

“Yeah,” agreed Ami. “I’m allergic to boys.  Friends are better.”

“But boys can be friends,” said Rei.

“I meant girl friends,” said Ami.

“Boy friends or boyfriends, who cares?” Haruka shuddered. “Last time I went driving this trucker kept flirting with me.”

“You need a boyfriend, Haruka,” said Setsuna.

“No thank you!” Haruka waved a hand. “I’m married to my job.”

“Well, I want a boyfriend,” said Minako excitedly. “Now I can meet one! Thanks so much, Rei-chan!”

Michiru could barely contain her excitement. “What’d you get me, Haruka-chan? Won’t you tell me? Pleeease?”

“Michiru-mama,” laughed Hotaru.

“Alright, alright,” said Haruka, picking up the large package that she had tied to her shoulder earlier. “I got you a new violin.”

“You aren’t supposed to tell her!” groaned Setsuna, but Michiru was already screaming and tearing off the wrap.

“Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou Haruka!” she shouted.

Haruka smiled. “Can’t be excitedly quietly, huh?”

 

Lastly, Usagi opened her many gifts. “Thank you, Hotaru, Ami, Rei, Michiru, Setsuna, Mako, Mina, Haruka, Chibiusa,” she said, smiling. “You’re such great friends. I love you guys.”

“We love you too, Usagi!” squealed all the girls, hugging her. It had been a wonderful Christmas party.

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(Clockwise from the girl holding the present, who is Haruka; Michiru, Setsuna, Minako, Makoto, Ami, Rei, and Hotaru. Usage is in the middle.)