female characters

K is for Kim Possible

Now it’s time for a bit of nostalgia – Kim Possible was not only one of my favourite cartoons when I was in my early teens but I’m also pretty sure for a while I wanted to be just like Kim herself.

Kim Possible is a really fun show, I loved the humour and all the characters – I especially liked Shego and the kind of mutual respect she and Kim had for each other. Oh, and the puns! Love a good pun so Kim Possible being a pun of the word “impossible” and Ron Stoppable being a pun on “unstoppable” were right up my street.

Kim was just so cool. She was a spy, she had cool gadgets, she was funny and popular but never mean about it – she was definitely the sort of character I aspired to be like when I was a teenager. I also really wanted Kim and Ron to get together! They were probably one of my first ship’s and I loved them as both best friends and when they finally ended up as a couple.

I feel like Kim Possible, along with Totally Spies, is what started my love of spies and superheroes, because Kim was kind of a superhero. She had a secret double life, tech support in the form of Wade, and a sidekick in Ron. Kim Possible was one of those shows I’d watch when I was channel hopping, even when I’d “grown out of it” because that’s the thing, the quick dialogue and humour was something that could appeal to all ages.

Who can forget the theme song?! I always used to sing along and I wanted my own phone to make that beeping noise when I got a text – I’m sure you can download it from somewhere but I’ve never got around to it.

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REVIEW: Powder Room (2013)

powder room posterWhen Sam (Sheridan Smith) goes on a night out with her old college friends, she is forced to revaluate her life as her new best friends arrive in the club and threaten to ruin the façade she’s put on for her old, more successful friends.

The majority of Powder Room takes place in the women’s toilets of a nightclub, a place where there’s arguments, laughter and tears. Having it set in such a small place means characters are always bumping into each other and there’s secondary characters who appear as the film goes along and you see how their night turns out too.

There’s so many relatable characters and situations in Powder Room. Sam is trying to appear more successful than she is and hiding who she really is from her old college friend Michelle (Kate Nash) and her friend Jess (Oona Chaplin) who are both beautiful and have seemingly wonderful lives in Paris. Sam’s best friend Chanel (Jaime Winstone) is a man-eater, while Paige (Riann Steele) is worrying she’s become boring now she’s settled down with her boyfriend and Saskia (Sarah Hoare) just wants to have a laugh.

Powder Room is a lot of fun and it’s British comedy at its best. So many young women can watch it and recognise themselves or who they used to be, sneaking into nightclubs when you’re under eighteen or ending up spending more of the night in the toilets than on the dance floor. Perhaps most importantly, it’s funny and honest about what female friendship is really like – both the highs and the lows. 5/5.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Favourite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is all about favourite heroines – most of mine are bookish ones but there’s a couple from films and TV shows too.

alana-01Alana from the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Alana is a Landfallian who fell in love and had a baby with a solider from Wreath – they’ve got a Romeo & Juliet kind of deal going on but they are far better at communicating so neither of them have died yet. Alana will do anything to protect her daughter but at the same time she is also impulsive and sometimes jealous. She’s also a former solider so she can handle just about anything that comes her way.

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Lucy is so young and full of belief and wonder at the world around her. I love her faith in Narnia and in her family and how she grows to become quite courageous over the course of her adventures. (more…)