Warrior Women

Nov 7, 2011 by

I  love a good movie and when given the choice between The Incredible Hulk (and I like Edward Norton and William Hurt) and The Last Legion (with the fantastical Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley), I chose to watch The Last Legion (because Colin Firth is the brooding Mr. Darcy, right?  I mean, come on!).

The Last Legion is basically presented as the story before the story of King Arthur and begins with Romulus, the last Caesar.  What I loved most about this story (and not being a history buff, I have no idea if it’s true) was the kick-ass heroine, Mira.  She was a killer warrior–literally–and she and Aurelius, Caesar’s protector, end up raising Romulus as their son.

Mira conquered men twice her size, attacking her in groups, with a wicked sneer on her face and an even wickeder (this appears to be a word, though it looks and sounds weird!) set of swords and knives.

Now, one of my all time favorite movies is A Knight’s Tale, but one flaw to that movie (in my opinion) is the weak nature of the heroine, Jocelyn.  Will Thatcher, played by Heath Ledger, carries the movie, but it would have been so much stronger if Jocelyn had had some gumption, if the love affair between Will and Jocelyn had been based on something, and if we cared about her…at all.

Mira is so much stronger, and therefore a better heroine.  No, you don’t have to be kick-ass to be a heroine, but you have to have some mojo going on that makes you totally worthy of a hero like Will Thatcher or Aurelius.

The heroine of my Lola Cruz Mysteries is kick-ass (Bare Naked Lola to be released in April) and I love that about her.  She compares herself to Xena, Warrior Princess, is a PI, a black belt in kung fu, and can hold her own in any situation.  She’s got a soft side, too, which I think is equally important.  A girl has to be a girl, after all.

Strong women is something we love here at Entangled, as well.  Have you met Dez from Jus Accardo’s Touch?   Or what about the Caldwell Sisters from Lucianne Rivers trilogy?  Even Megan Snow, from Laura Kaye’s North of Need, is tough.  She’s got emotional baggage, yes, but she’s strong in her core.

Who is one of your all time favorite warrior women from a book or movie, and what do you love about her?

~Misa Ramirez

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  1. I love A Knight’s Tale, and I have to agree that Heath Ledger carries the movie. Never seen The Last Legion- putting that movie on my TBW list.

    My favorite Warrior Woman? I loved Valeria in Conan the Barbarian- 1982. Conan doesn’t truly appreciate her until she gives her life to bring him back form the dead. Then, when she has to pay the price, he realizes what he lost.

  2. Great topic Misa!

    Selene from the Underworld films has been my favorite since the first film hit theaters. I loved how multifacted she was but when it all boiled down she was a warrior to the core.

    Before that Princess Leia and Eowyn topped the list. I’ve always preferred my princesses with the will to fight and the courage to do it alongside the boys.

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