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22 March 2013 @ 09:41 pm
the greatest hero  

I usually pick up Total Film and Empire, because I like movie industry articles, and this month’s TF had a 100 Greatest Villains & Heroes thing. Fifty of each. And on the exceedingly unlikely chance anybody cares that much, I’m going to put the reveals behind a cut, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody.

There were not a lot of women in either the heroes or the villains categories. Nine, in the heroes category. I was pleased to see Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the top fifteen, along with–get this!–Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

But there were no women in the turn-the-page-for-it featured-top-four-before-the-turn-the-page-Final-Reveal, which I thought was particularly bitter because Harrison Ford was featured twice, for Han Solo *and* Indiana Jones. There weren’t even any in the top four for villains. (The Wicked Witch of the West made it into the top 10 villains.) So I was really, genuinely disappointed as I turned the page to see who their top choices for heroes and villains were.

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley was their choice for the greatest hero in film.

I swear to God I almost cried. I mean, it’s true I’ve gotten ridiculously sentimental, but it was such a complete shock for Ripley–whose lack I had noticed in the runners-up–to be their favorite that it did catch me right in the sentiment. I mean, they’re not wrong. They’re not even pandering: Ripley is genuinely one of the most awesome characters ever, but I just never expected that she–or any woman character–would be their number one choice. It honestly delighted me.

(In fact, I was so happy I tweeted Total Film in thanks. And they responded!)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

irishkateirishkate on March 22nd, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
I am equally delighted. Good for us, for her and for them! (also nice to have them respond)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 23rd, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
Yay! *fistbump*
silkiemom on March 23rd, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)

Interesting thing about Ripley - the writers of Alien wrote the script to be open for casting. "(O' Bannon) and Shusett had therefore written all of the roles as generic males with a note in the script explicitly stating "The crew is unisex and all parts are interchangeable for men or women.""

So that kind of generic characterization leads to the greatest hero on film. :)
kitmizkit on March 23rd, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
I knew it was written as a male part, though I didn't know the entire film was written with a specifically generic "he".

And yes, go figure. If you write characters who are people first and gender specific second, you end up with good characters. Who knew?
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on March 23rd, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
That. Is awesome.

And it says miles that it is such a big deal to us. *sigh*
kitmizkit on March 23rd, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
I know. :/