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    The Future is Female?

    Currently, there has been a trend in female protagonists taking over multiple different franchises (e.g. Star Wars, Avatar, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, etc.), do you think there is hope that this trend will steadily continue or have an impending decline?

    • A lot of times we are seeing quantity over quality. Leia may have been the only women in the original Star Wars, but she was much stronger than Rey because she had flaws. The main problem with The Force Awakens is that while I enjoyed Rey's character and love Daisy Ridley, Rey never really struggled. Disney was so afraid of their female characters being labelled weak that they made her good at everything.If there is going to be a decline it will be because people are too afraid to have female characters that suffer and have flaws (like Sansa in Game of Thrones) due to backlash on said characters. We should treat female characters no different than the males: sometimes strong; sometimes stupid; sometimes downright maniacal. There's an array of characters out there, and strength doesn't necessarily come from being the best. – AGMacdonald 5 months ago
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    • There's potential with this question to address an often-missed issue with the upsurge in female representation, which is that women aren't "taking over" - the gender ratio is just leveling out. If the number of female characters were to decline, media wouldn't be going back to normal - it would just be going back to a male majority. This is bearing in mind that we aren't even at equal numbers yet - to take Marvel as an example, every single movie title except for one is male, and the separate teams have a male-female ratio of around 6-2. Two other important points would be to acknowledge the bizarrely venomous backlash to female characters (Rey, Ghostbusters etc), as well as the significant expectations placed upon female characters - if they aren't perfect, they're lambasted as slutty/bitchy/manipulative/whiny/etc, and if they are perfect, they're Mary-Sues. – Cat 5 months ago
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    A part of me just wants Rey to be her own character with an entirely new story and plot line, because as you mentioned TFA did have a lot of similarities to A New Hope, but another part of me is coming to terms with the fact that she’ll probably just be linked with a pre-existing character/s.

    Star Wars: Who is Rey (And Why Do We Care)?

    Frankly, I was expecting Steve to be killed off in Civil War but as you said the film didn’t seem to have any actual consequences for our heroes. There seems to be countless cases in these movies where a character ‘almost’ dies but doesn’t actually die (e.g. Nick Fury, Bucky, Pepper Potts, Loki, Groot, even Coulson for gods sake!). The only character that I can think of that has died, except the villains, is Pietro Maximoff which was an entirely stupid decision! Why would you kill off a character, in their first on-screen appearance, that has not been established to fans and who the studio just fought for the rights to use? Honestly, I thought that Clint would be the one to bite the metaphorical bullet(s) since it seemed like the logical choice.

    Why Steve Rogers Should Die in Avengers: Infinity War

    I agree with you in that I feel like both option have distinct advantages and disadvantages. For example, reading an ebook gives you the ability to read at night without needing a light, unlike a real book. But, then again, a real book does not run on electricity and can never run out of charge. Personally, I would never choose an ebook over the real thing as the change just seems alien or artificial, but I do think in the future humanity will adapt.

    Online vs Print: The Digital Age of Books