Tough…

Who do you think of when you hear, Top 5 TOUGH female movie characters in cinema? Here are mine. Would love to know yours…

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Hard Candy’s Ellen Page

Hayley Stark seeks revenge… a vigilante in her own right. Warning: This is a tough movie to watch.

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Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale

Selene of the Underworld, is a strong force to reckon with. She’s not a deadly machine, without cause. She strictly acts to help protect the very essence of her coven.

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The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence

Katniss Everdeen of District 12 is a poised fierceness that is both a protector and a warrior for her people.

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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara

Lisbeth Salander of Stieg Larsson’s creation in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is a thought provoking survivalist. A modern fermale protagonist that projects a great internal human strength.

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Whale Rider’s Keisha Castle-Hughes

Paikea (Pai) is a beautiful child, whom by custom is not allowed to inherit the leadership of her culture’s tribe because of her gender. Through her strength of personality and love, she is able to tear down these walls and bring about change.

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The Uncomfortable…a movie review of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’

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“Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.”Josephine Hart, Damage

(found quote at Just Under the Surface)

This quote is awesome. …It is Lisbeth Salander.

She is damaged, as a result of being a tortured and victimized girl. Out of the simple necessity for survival, she becomes strong and seemingly fearless, with her walls up high and heavily guarded.

She is vulnerable, though much of it she keeps under lock and key.

She is human, and although projects a ‘badass’ image, we see in her fear, though it is masked, and shoved to the side by anger and her vengeance for those who commit hate crimes towards women. She is a crusader, a warrior, a vigilante. (I want to hug this girl… but then again, I’m kind of afraid of her. She’d kick my a@# in a heart beat.)

Rooney Mara encompasses this character fully. I never once saw an actress on-screen portraying a character. I saw Lisbeth.

Simply stated, David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a hard movie to watch. It is ugly, and shows the ugly side of what our species is capable of (hate, rape, murder, lies, and manipulation). Now, I did not enjoy seeing these horrid/awful themes present themselves. To be honest, watching it totally gave me the cringe factor and I was not immune to the sick feeling at the pit of my stomach. I did, however, like the movie due to the fact that it was willing to talk about the ugly things that go on in life. Most people go on ignoring/act unaware or are, in fact, truly unaware that bad things like these happen. I felt that this book/movie was trying to say, “hey, don’t ignore me… this stuff is real. It does/can happen.” I appreciated the fact that this story was able to talk about uncomfortable issues, that are so often swept under the rug. To bring awareness and make changes in this world and society, we have to address the “uncomfortable.”

“The Uncomfortable”

  1. 18% of the women in Sweden have at one time been threatened by a man.
  2. 46% of the women in Sweden have been subjected to violence by a man.
  3. 13% of the women in Sweden have been subjected to aggravated sexual assault outside of a sexual relationship.
  4. 92% of women in Sweden who have been subjected to sexual assault have not reported the most recent violent incident to the police.

Statistics found before each section in Larsson’s book, TGWTDT.

Book Review: Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Coffee anyone? I felt like I was on a caffeine high while reading Stieg Larsson’s mystery/thriller novel, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. On so many levels, I found this to be a really great book, along with being an enjoyably suspenseful and heart palpitating read. “What was so good about it,” you ask… “Well,” I say in return. “Sit down… let’s have a chat… and let me tell you...”

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1. First of all: I love every mention of the word coffee.. I love coffee, and felt it served as a healthy reminder of my need to quench the parchness of my taste buds.

2. Readability: I welcomed the change from YA (don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the YA genre, though it was a nice change of pace to be outside of it)

3. The characters: Let me explain. When I dive head first into a book, one of the first few things I look for are the characters and how they are described, their behaviors, personalities and how the interact with the other characters of the book. One of the questions I ask myself is: are these characters believable as “real people” or do they just seem like mere puppets being pulled by the strings of the author, aka puppet master. If the characters feel staged, fake, or lacking of true human complexity and yet simplicity all within the same moment, I completely disengage. When I’m reading, I look to connect with these characters. Identify with them. Does the character/person’s happiness, excitement, fear, or sadness feel real/legitimate… I don’t just see the people in Larsson’s novel as mere characters inked across a page. I can see them as real people. Why?/How? Because I am conscious of the world I live in and see how people say things without verbally having to say them. Body language. Quiet facial expressions. They are words… or rather represent words. And we all do it. We all don’t say everything that is at the tip of our brain. We have filters. Some of us don’t say exactly whats on our mind in every given moment of every given day simply because we don’t want to offend someone, or it is because we have built up walls around ourselves and are afraid to show our own vulnerabilities to the world. And Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, is one of these people. She is quiet, doesn’t speak much, though through her actions and the unspoken body language, she communicates quite effectively her intentions. Long story short, I dig the complexity of this character and all the others in the book as well. They feel multidimensional… and it was simply refreshing to read.

4. What Blomkvist, the journalist, represents: He is a truth seeker/crusader. A warrior for the people. He feels his duty, as a journalist, is to uncover the truths that scads of people work to cover up and hide.

5. The Suspense: I love a good mystery. A puzzle that will keep you guessing til the end. This book will definitely serve up nothing less. Though the puzzle in finding out what happened to Harriet Vanger, niece to high profiled industrialist Henrik Vanger, took a momentary leap to the backseat while I, the reader, was totally wrapped up in the current situation Lisbeth was in with her guardian. This is where character complexity comes into play. There is more back story to her character, though you just can’t get at it (at least in the first book). So you read, looking to know more.

6. The Story: Yep. It’s not your Doris Day, Shirley Temple read that will leave you unaffected and smiling, grinning from ear to ear. It’s full of ugly things (hate, rape, murder, lies, thievery, manipulation, etc) though who said life is always pretty pearls, and pb&j sandwiches. Life can get ugly, and this book just openly talks about it.

Have you read it? If so, what were your thoughts? If not, read it, then come back and let’s chat. Would love to know your thoughts/take.

**Disclaimer** This book has some scenes that may be hard to digest, subject matter wise. I would recommend this book to those who are ok with reading material that contains: bad language (cuss/swear words), sex, and violence.

Grade: +

Upcoming Reviews

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Please, oh please do forgive the absence I’ve created. I have to dust this blog off, and shine it with some new reviews that I literally just cannot wait to share with you… I’ve got a few things I’m working on and upon finishing them, I will be reviewing them for your enjoyment and think you will find them to be both witty and helpful, and containing a little magic… no, I’m no boy wizard, are glittering vamp… there’s just only so much one girl can do.

Though here’s a list of things I’m working on, and hoping you’ll stay tuned for:

REVIEWS:

  • The Hunger Games book
  • The Hunger Games Soundtrack (review on March 21, 2012)
  • The Hunger Games Movie (review on March 23, 2012)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book (March 30, 2012)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie (TBA)
  • Atlas Shrugged book and movie (TBA)