When watching television or movies, it’s an escape for me. I want to be transported somewhere else for 22, 49 or 120 minutes. I want to disappear into my own head and feel like I am following the compelling, dynamic characters in their fantastical worlds. Maybe this is why I try to avoid movies and shows that feel all too realistic. Because it really is an escape.
However, it’s also nice to care about the characters and why the are enduring. It’s likely one reason that I’m drawn to interesting women on screen. Think about Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Dana Scully from The X-Files. These were women who were so multi-faceted that it was hard not to want to watch them week after week.
Netflix has a lot of shows featuring women characters that we want to hug, want to laugh with, want to run away with or learn from.
When my daughter watches the show Home (based on the movie that we love), and she sees Tip as a kind, friendly, and fun girl, I know she’s a great character for her to watch. Or when we all watch a movie like Anastasia and The Princess and the Frog, we can see that each of the women featured are looking to find themselves, and be themselves.
I love being able to lose myself in a show or movie, and the characters play an important role in that. It’s no surprise that I’m drawn to women who offer not only bits of myself in them, but traits that I strive for. This is when TV is not just something mindless to do on a rainy afternoon, but something to feel. And I like that.
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