Day One Favourite Lead Female Character
Day Two: Favorite supporting female character
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love
Day Four: A female character you relate to
Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show
Day Six: Favorite female-driven show
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show
Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie
Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book
Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character
Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc
Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character
Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character
Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character
Please don't feel inhibited about going back and carrying on the discussion on any of the earlier days, particularly the motherhood one, which is producing some really interesting stuff, and the older female one, and Fanny Price, especially since I think today's is a bit of a place-holder question - an awful lot of characters in fiction are not
warriors (of all genders), the vast majority of female characters in particular so it seems a bit bizarre to ask for "favourite non-warrior female character" and assume she hasn't been mentioned before.
I do wonder if it's intended to cover characters who achieve aims which would normally be achieved using military means but who devise other strategies to deal with them (though the best example I can think of for that is the Vetinari/Vimes combo in Jingo
and about the nearest that gets to a female character is Nobby Nobbs in a yashmak.)
That role, incidentally, is what fanon always assumes the Doctor plays, though as a matter of observed fact what he appears to do is make rude noises about military might not solving anything until five minutes from the end of the episode, when all the baddies get blown up anyway.
There's Ofelia in Remnant Population
by Elizabeth Moon who fits that sort of mould and I suppose to a degree Lynne de Lisle Christie in Mary Gentle's Golden Witchbreed
and Ancient Light
(which are sort of object lessons in how you can do just as much damage by diplomacy as war if you put your back into it. Similarly Left Hand of Darkness
or What Happens if You Send a Gender Essentialist to a Planet Full of Androgens
) but, as you can probably tell, I'm not feeling the love for any of those.
And I think it's cheating to include people like Mary Lamington, who jolly well is a full combatant in Greenmantle
(and is, technically, Hannay's spymaster) or for that matter The Bletchley Circle
or anyone else carrying out backroom or covert roles in a war (I've already had a brief discussion with tree_and_leaf
about Lancelot Wake, and how what he does is by no sense of the word compatible with being a conscientious objector (mine-sweeping I'll accept; delivering messages for a general requesting reinforcements and air support, no).
Antonia, for example, in Count Belisarius
, at the point when the people of Constantinople was demanding, "Is there no man who can manage catapults to defend the walls?" says "No man, but an old woman with dyed red hair, veteran of two sieges of Rome" and goes off to do it.
Anyone running a siege defence (and, once again, hats off to the Countess of Derby) is definitely into the warrior class.
But I don't have the same feeling against people who are caught up in war and remain in true non-combatant roles, such as evacuating refugees under fire, for example.
So I'm going to go with Mrs Croft, wife of the Admiral, veteran of the Trafalgar action (and if Mrs Croft wasn't either organising people with buckets to put out fires or rolling up her sleeves and helping the ship's surgeon with the amputations you can colour me orange and call me a carrot.)
She also happens to be half of the most successful marriage in all Austen and an expert in that most difficult of all non-martial arts, ensuring the driver you're married to doesn't cause accidents without having a row about it.
Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character
Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon
Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates
Day Twenty-Three: Favorite female platonic relationship
Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship
Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship
Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like)
Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for
Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)
Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic rec
Day Thirty: Whatever you’d like!