I caught the Geena Davis pirate movie Cuthroat Island on TV recently. This movie is now 16 years old, so I'm probably aging myself here by admitting I remember when this movie first came out. Watching this movie again reminded me why I found it so exciting all those years ago, though it was panned by both the critics and the box office.
Geena Davis plays a female pirate, perhaps not so remarkable these days, but back in the mid 1990s it was ground-breaking. What was also pretty remarkable was that it was an action movie in which the main protagonist was a woman. Another year later, and Geena Davis gave us an even more kick ass performance as an assassin turned soccer mom in The Long Kiss Goodnight.
We women owe a huge debt to Geena Davis for helping to bring feisty females into the mainstream. As an author who likes to write (and read) feisty heroines, I am extremely grateful. Isn't this a great time to be a female author?
Please share with me any feisty female characters that have stood out for you over the years, either from novels or the movies. What was it about them that made them so memorable?