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26 November 2009 @ 10:41 am
My 100 Favourite Fictional Females - Part Three  
Spunky, silly, and serious – these are my favourite fictional girls. They navigate their coming of age with a combination of bravado, wit and awkwardness. War and violence causes some of them to grow up too soon, or not at all. For others, puberty is their major source of angst. These are not all my favourite girls, some of the others will show up in the next category - Petticoats and Prairie Gals.


(From Left to Right)

Olive (Little Miss Sunshine)
“I'd like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves.”

Sally (Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself)
“Who do you tell when you’re certain that Hitler is alive, retired, and living in Miami Beach?”

Setsuko (Grave of the Fireflies)
"Why must fireflies die so young?"

Christine "Spike" Nelson (Degrassi Jr. High)
“I made a mistake and I'm paying for it. How much longer do I have to keep paying for it? Why can't they leave me alone?”

Lisa (The Simpsons)
“Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”

Jean Louise (To Kill a Mockingbird)
“I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.”

Ramona (Ramona the Brave)
“How could she stay out of mix-ups when she never knew what would suddenly turn into a mix-up?”

Margaret (Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret)
“Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow God. You know where. I want to be like everyone else.”

Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)
She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain

Jo Polniaczek (Facts of Life)
“Uh, in a minute, you're gonna be wearing flared teeth!"

Beatrice ‘Booky’ Thompson (The Scatterbrain Booky)
“I already ate up everything in sight, so that didn’t mean much. But her calling me Booky did. It meant she wasn’t mad at me and I wasn’t going to get heck for anything. And it meant that she loved me. That funny little nickname told me so.”
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...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: jai hohitlikehammers on November 26th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I am so enjoying your fictional female highlights - such excellent choices!
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on November 26th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
It had been fun to put together!
falafel_musings: mad men 3falafel_musings on November 26th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Gah! Another great list (but no Anne Shirley?).

I loooove Little Miss Sunshine and her inappropriate dance moves. Lisa Simpson is also an idol of mine, along with her brother Bart.

*sniff* I love the Book Thief so much. And that poor little Firefly girl *sniffles more*
elliotsmelliot: Mad Men Peggyelliotsmelliot on November 26th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I want to see Little Miss Sunshine again. If I ever have a daughter, I would love for her to be like Olive.

Anne with an E will be in the next "Petticoat' category. I had too many girls, so I spread them out.
siluria: Lost_Emiliesiluria on November 26th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know all the choices, but I love the quotes that go with them.
elliotsmelliot: daisy pinkelliotsmelliot on November 26th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found the quotes fun even if you didn't know the girls.
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elliotsmelliot: daisy pinkelliotsmelliot on November 27th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yay for icon! I love that Lisa quote.
nothing happens unless first a dream: Canada - eh?ella_bee on November 27th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Spike ftw!

These are so much fun.

I can't wait for the prairie girl pics, as I am such a girl. ;)
elliotsmelliot: purple flowerelliotsmelliot on November 27th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yay Spike!

A good part of my childhood was spent playing prairie girl.
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elliotsmelliot: bookselliotsmelliot on November 27th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it since high school, but I remember loving it.
Janice: dockjaydblu on November 28th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
My favorites on this list are Olive and Jo. Olive was just adorable in Little Miss Sunshine (OMG I laughed during that movie) and Jo was always my favorite in Facts of Life. :)
elliotsmelliot: Awesome Lost Actresseselliotsmelliot on November 28th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
When I was in grade four I wrote a letter to Nancy McKeon. I never sent it, but that is how much I was into Jo!
ozmissage: BTVS. Dawnieozmissage on November 29th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I love Olive so much and Lisa!

I remember reading Are You There God, It's Me Margaret when I was young. I was completely shocked by how frank it was about periods and all of the lovely little surprises girls get when they hit puberty. Reading it was kind of like a rite of passage, I think my tastes in books became much more "grown-up" after that. :D
elliotsmelliot: pandaelliotsmelliot on November 30th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Me too! I think after that I moved on to more "adult" a.k.a. trashy books writen by VC Andrews and Danielle Steele.

Did you have the updated version of Margaret? I remember being totally confused and a little afraid of the descriptions of the 1970s santitary pads.
ozmissageozmissage on November 30th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Nope, I had the scary '70s version too. ;)

Judy Blume was pretty much responsible for all of my early sex education. I remember buying a copy of "Forever" when I was like twelve thinking it was like her other books. Man, was I ever surprised. I still can't hear the name Ralph without snickering.
elliotsmelliot: bookselliotsmelliot on December 2nd, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
I don't own the book but I would like to have. I would probably need to look in used to stores to find the original Margaret.

I just looked Forever up. How did I miss that one? My husband always talks about Then Again, Maybe I Won't as being a big awakening of teen issues for him.
medievalist gone rogue: pure sexthespiansparkle on February 17th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Some great book suggestions for me here--I haven't read The Book Thief and I haven't read The Scatterbrain Booky! And I actually have never seen Grave of the Fireflies--I've been warned that it is absolutely heartbreaking (but very good)...

And Jean Louise/Scout is one of my favorite literary characters--I love Atticus too (don't most people)? And Olive is just so fantastic. She's just so happy and energetic and adorable, and the scene where she finds out she's in the pageant and runs around screaming and telling her stuffed animals makes me endlessly happy <3
elliotsmelliot: bookselliotsmelliot on February 17th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
The Book Thief is the best book I read in 2009. It has really stuck with me. Booky is a good young adult series that I tend to give as gifts to my nieces.

To Kill A Mockingbird is full of great characters. I should read it again. It's been a while.

Olive rules!

ETA - Yes, Grave of the Fireflies is devastating. Bring the Kleenax if you watch it.

Edited at 2010-02-17 04:40 am (UTC)