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26 September 2010 @ 05:11 pm
30 female characters meme ...as done in 15 days  
Omfg today is boring and dreary and rainy. WHYYYY.

So here is the start of a meme.

Every day for thirty days you post about an awesome female character. Pictures! Recs! Squee! What's not to love?

Listing 30 was surprisingly and depressingly difficult, but it ended up seeming more like an epic challenge than anything else so I could not turn it down. And I am doing this in no particular order, and because I know several of them will be no surprises to anyone I am going to open with some that probably will surprise you.

I think I am going to do 2 a day, though, because that is how I roll.

FLEUR DELACOUR of Harry Potter

“And what do you mean by zat?” said Fleur suddenly and loudly. “What do you mean, ‘’e was going to be married?”

Mrs. Weasley raised her tear-stained face, looking startled. “Well – only that – “

“You theenk Bill will not wish to marry me anymore?” demanded Fleur. “You theenk, because of these bites, he will not love me?”

“No, that’s not what I—“

“Becaue ‘e will!” said Fleur, drawing herself up to her full height and throwing back her long mane of silver hair. “It would take more than a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!”

“Well, yes, I’m sure,” said Mrs. Weasley, “but I thought perhaps – given how – how he--“

“You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per’aps, you hoped?” said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. “What do I care about how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk!”

-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Fleur is a badass. I love Fleur. I always had a peculiar fondness for her, but then in HBP she’s all “I AM HOT ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US TYVM” and my fondness turned into FUCK YEAH FLEUR DELACOUR. I like that so many of the people in the book write her off as shallow and vapid and not good enough for precious Bill~ just because she’s hot …and then they are ALL WRONG and she is awesome. I also think they don’t give her enough credit for being a Triwizard Champion which is supposed to be very serious business and all.

Admittedly a large portion of my love for her may have stemmed from the ever-awesome Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour, but whatever, that fic is awesome.

HOLLY FLAX from The Office

Holly is like all the funny parts of Michael without everything that makes him completely insufferable. She was also one of the few things about season 5 that I enjoyed, so I was sad to see her go. I even think Holly being around made Michael a little less intolerable, so it was doubly tragic to lose her. Late-in-the-game character introductions are risky but Holly wound up being breathing a bit of life into the show when it desperately needed it. I guess Amy Ryan had to go leave to be kind of a big deal, which is too bad I think because she was a good addition.

I tried finding a YouTube clip of Holly being awesome but only found shippy fanvideos of Holly/Michael. Errrrr.

Liz: Office: JAM smileybazcat89 on September 26th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh JKR, I love you and your three-dimensional characters. And your willingness to have your main characters act like total assfaces.

Have some Holly gifs:

Kali_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I like the Weasleys but I always thought they were being so obnoxious about Fleur, especially because I don't like Mrs Weasley that much in the first place. So Fleur pwning Mrs Weasley was the greatest moment. As was the confirmation that JKR had not, in fact, just created Fleur as a totally vapid hot girl. IN YO FACE.

HOLLY YESSS. Omg the Kevin thing is so amazing.
Lizbazcat89 on September 26th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
They totally were. Molly Weasley sit down. And stop being a mother-in-law from hell.

IKR? Oh Holly, I love you. (Although I am nervous about her ~return~)
Kali: to :: group shot_thirty2flavors on September 27th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
I am wary of Holly's return as well. I am so tired of love triangle shenanigans on this show and Jan and Holly returning suggests maximum love triangle. Also I will be irrationally offended if Holly/Michael isn't endgame.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on September 26th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't like Fluer at first because I was mad at her for being kind of rude and dismissive of the Weasleys, but then when she was like "I'm hot enough for us both!", she won me over.

And I bet Holly will be back by the end of the season because Steve Carell is leaving and she'd be the perfect ending for him.
Kali: ad :: don't make that face again_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I found I was just as annoyed with how the Weasleys were treating her that I didn't mind. Plus I find Molly kind of annoying, so it was awesome to see Fleur defend herself and do it awesomely.

She is coming back actually! I suspect she and Michael will go off into the sunset together as well.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on September 26th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Noooo. I love Molly. After Hermione and Luna she is my favorite female character in the series. lol. ILH. My mom is a lot like Molly, and I actually probably have a lot of Molly-ish traits. I did think that Fleur was being a bit of a brat in the beginning of the book, but so were Molly, Ginny and Hermione. Both "sides" were in the wrong, but my love for Hermione and Molly swayed me to their side.
Kali: comm :: that's racist_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Molly is such a... mom... that it was hard to take at times, and I think I've actually grown more irritated with her now than I was during the books themselves. I don't hate her by any means, but she's not my favourite.
Opal: Canada: Hufflepuffshinyopals on September 26th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
You actually made me read Harry Potter fic! Nostalgia feels weird... XD

*Pets Fleur* I didn't really have an opinion on her until that scene about Bill, which totally rocked.
Kali: dw :: river :: i hate good wizards_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I love that fic, it is still one of my favourite fics in general. It is the sort of fic that I miss from HP fandom.

I sort of liked her from the start, I'm not sure why. I think part of it was a GIRL POWER solidarity thing with her being the only female champion, and I was always a bit irritated that she came in last. But then she went on to be awesome in HBP so I was okay with that.
Leah: professor_spork on September 26th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)

Ohhhhhh, Holly. I still remember the moment I realized that I was not a Pam looking for my Jim, but a Holly who would end up with a Michael. They rapped and I was like "YEAH I WANT... THAT... relationship.... oh nooooooooo."
Kali: dw :: martha :: a higher authority_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Fleur is kickass.

LIRL OH MY. I liked Michael with Holly but beyond that I find him more annoying than anything. I want them to be endgame, though, so I can live in the knowledge that maybe he will carry on being the less-annoying version of himself that he was around Holly.

I love Holly though. Her interactions with Kevin in her first episode were hysterical.
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arc: :Drose_dawson on September 26th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
ty ty for including Fleur on your list

~Triwizard Champion in my heart~
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arc: You may think you knowrose_dawson on September 26th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)

y is Fleur dressed like a medieval princess in that picture
Kali_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I do not know, when I tried to google fanart of Fleur I had a hard time finding ones I approved of and I generally approve of Makani
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arcrose_dawson on September 26th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Kali: misc :: internet -- FOREVER_thirty2flavors on September 26th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)

When I first read GOF I wante dher to win the tournament really bad even though I knew it would be Harry.
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arc: back uprose_dawson on September 26th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
ugh Harry w/e, he owes his whole life to like, the kindness of strangers and technicalities and Hermione always
faithintheboys: pic#101668259faithintheboys on September 26th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'd forgotten about that part in HBP. But Fleur is pretty awesome. I loved her in DH.
Kali: hp :: who could be behind this!!!_thirty2flavors on September 27th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's one of my favourite HBP moments! YEAH FLEUR, DEFEND YOUR HONOUR.
Francesgoldy_dollar on September 27th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
YEAH FLEUR. I didn't really think all that much about her when I was reading tbh but that moment was awesome. Ugh Molly Weasley is like one of my least favourite mothers. She needs to go sit in a corner with Francine.

She was also one of the few things about season 5 that I enjoyed, so I was sad to see her go.

IA I briefly got interested in the Office again when she was on it and... then... she left. And so did I.
Kali: to :: kelly :: that wasn't a tape worm_thirty2flavors on September 27th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
lol Molly was so gross about Fleur, I was so glad to see her shut down.

She's supposed to be back this season for a few episodes, I assume she and Michael will eventually ride off into the sunset since Steve Carrell is leaving.
🌹la_petite_singe on September 27th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Dude, I think I read that fic! Like many other people, I didn't like Fleur at all at first, but then I realized her badassness and I love her with Bill. And Holly is just utterly sublime and I can't WAIT for her to come back this season. ♥ She & Michael need to be together just to protect the rest of the world from their insanity.
Kali: to :: SOMEONE IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET_thirty2flavors on September 27th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
It's still one of my favourite fics ngl.

I was always fond of Fleur so that moment in HBP delighted me because it justified my fondness for her.

I hope Holly's return is well done. I basically figure that she and Michael are such obvious endgame it can only end well -- plus I feel like she's one of very few reasons he would leave Scranton/Dunder Mifflin. But she does seem to tone him down/make him less obnoxious.
alice: bk:hp:its wizards chessnoblealice on September 27th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
YES. I love Fleur (mostly from the reasons you listed, her scene in HBP and that fic) but I had people on my LJ who shipped her hardcore with Bill SINCE THE FOURTH BOOK and had written lots of fic so I already had been exposed to a lot of insight into Fleur and her character motivations and saw her as more of a person and less of a 2D character.

There are so many people in the Potter-verse that it's hard to form a wholly complete idea of who a character is and thankfully, we got to see a bit of the real Fleur in that scene.

Excited to see who else is on this list!
~caittheepiccek on September 27th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Sarah: lunaelirrina on September 27th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)

That was my reaction too. Yay, Fleur! :D
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Kali_thirty2flavors on September 29th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
The Gabrielle stuff was adorable too! Oh Fleur, you are awesome.

I think I read that one back in the day!