BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
While 2012 has had its fare share of superhero movies, how did the underestimated heroines fare? From point-black ladies who save the day, to the more closeted females who keep the world running and prevent it from being a completely dismal place, the heroine is an undervalued beauty that must be aptly appreciated.
3) Merida, Brave
What I love about this heroine: pretty much everything. She’s the epitome of an anti-Disney-princess Disney princess, breaking tradition and wanting to find love her way, not the way her parents demand it. She’s also a stubborn, headstrong female (read: almost feminist!) who learns to communicate with her mother while blazing her own trail, and one of the first princesses who really and truly does not need a man, and doesn’t even end up with one by the end of the movie. Also, she has a great shot. And a great head of hair.
2) Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
Katniss, played by the up-and-coming Jennifer Lawrence, is a hunter-gatherer/powerfully awesome fille who volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games and will stop at nothing to protect and provide for her family. Like Merida, she also has an awesome shot and could probably school even Robin Hood in archery. She’s a total badass with heart of gold and a belly full of fire that just won’t quit—and once you see her in action, you won’t want her to either.
1) Fantine, Les Misérables
The most tragic heroine of them all, Fantine (the gorgeous Anne Hathaway) is the young woman who fell in love with a man, became pregnant, and was left alone with her young Cosette. While she may not be of the ass-kicking variety, Fantine shows what it means to be selfless, pious and to sacrifice everything while being dealt a bad hand.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.