3 Drops of Kickass

Published June 26, 2012 by electricbluegaloo

Sitting in “Snow White and the Huntsman” earlier in the week I had to ask myself “How are we supposed not to love Bella Swan?”

If you think about it, we girls and women have been conditioned to need rescuing. For generations we have been raised on a diet of imprisoned and sleeping princesses who can only be rescued by princes who we really know nothing about. If you want more for your daughters here are some princesses (and a queen) you can really sink your teeth into:

Elizabeth (The Paper Bag Princess)

Quintana (Froi of the Exiles)

Jatta (Jatta)

Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Merida (Brave)

Boudicca (Tacitus)

Isabeau and Isuelt (Witches of Eileanan Series)

Cassandra (The Ranger’s Apprentice Series)

Poppy (The Forgotten Pearl, not a “real princess”, but still totally awesome)

I’ve managed to quickly assemble quite an impressive list of complex female characters for mothers and daughters to enjoy from picture books through to adult.

What fun girls can have, and even occasionally indulge in harmless whimsies of helpless lamb-iness.

Hurrah for kickass girls!

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5 comments on “3 Drops of Kickass

  • Good news is that Jatta is written by Australian author illustrator Jenny Hale, so you can read it this year (though I can imagine the list is really , really long already). Miss 4 might like “Princess Opposites”. It’s a bedtime favourite around here, and possibly could have made it on to the list.

  • Thanks so much Jessica! Of course I’m not confining the kids to my reading list (and perhaps I shouldn’t mention that I’m awaiting delivery a new book that is by an Australian (gasp) male writer. Met him in Ubud Writers and Readers Festival last year when he’d just signed with A&U. I have to confess I may HAVE to read HIM! 🙂

    • I think we can make an exception if you HAVE to read him :-). And maybe you will be more reflective of the differences between male and femal writers as you read this one male writer. I have to put myself under ban of anything over 16 pages till the end of the year – too engrossing and I nearly came to a sticky end as it dre closer to assignment due date last time. I was thinking that as I mostly read female writers perhaps I should read only males for a change – naaah. I live with one male, day in, day out. I think that’s enough for me.

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