The Badass Females of Films and Books

Strength is defined as the quality or state of being physically strong. An underwhelming concept, 
when you only skim the surface of its meaning. For me, strength is something that can reach a 
mental, physical and emotional state. It can be one person, an entire nation or the entire world. It 
can take you by surprise in your darkest moments- help you pull through with power you never 
thought yourself capable of. But, it can disappear in the flash of a moment- as fleeting as an 
autumn breeze. The individuals we see as “strong” can prove to be cowards, and those we deem 
“weak” can tap into unimaginable courage. It is all a matter of perception and understanding of the 
meaning of strength. And, as corny as it sounds, what we’re fighting for.  
 
Strong, in both its purest and simplest form, female characters aren’t easy to come by. Be it in 
films or books, some of the most well-known females roles have done irreversible damage to the 
perception of women. Books and films often portray these strong females with a number of stereotypical roles and inescapable dependency. Such has a lasting effect on both the male and females population, even more so on our younger generations. Arts.Mic published an article “9 Harmful Stereotypes We Never Realized Our Favorite Disney Movies Taught Us.” This article gives readers a small taste of women being constantly forced into roles that affect how women are perceived and categorized in day-to-day life.  
 
That’s right, that cute mermaid movie that taught us women should change their physical 
appearance for a man at any cost, may have allowed females to believe that changing for someone was only a sign of love. Not to mention how that fanfiction, to book, to movie that took the world by storm with its ‘shady grey areas’ also taught readers that non-consensual BDSM was hot and may have normalized physically and mentally abusive relationships to its readers and viewers. These examples are only crumbs fallen from a large cake of inequality.
You could say that we’ve come a long way in today’s society- that females are put into parts with 
more power and importance, but there is almost always a catch… 
 
Almost… 
 
Let’s take time to appreciate just a few of the films, television shows and books that did it right, and all the way right. 
No short-cuts, no add-ins for romantic effect, no over-sexualization of the female body. Just pure 
female badassery at its finest. 
 
 
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Unlike most of the women you’ll see in this list, Sarah Connor isn’t your typical badass straight off the bat. From damsel in distress, to kicking ass and taking names, Linda Hamilton brings true form to the concept of ‘fear no evil.’ Not even when that evil is a terrifying mass of steal and robotic intelligence.As the main protagonist of a film filled with menacing male characters, Sarah Connor gives them all a run for their money.
Don’t be fooled by Tom Cruise’s insistent presence in this film, because its human solider, Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, who steals the show. As a renowned human solider during a war against the Alien race, Rita is the first solider to experience the horror of reliving the same day, over and over again. From the moment Rita makes her first on screen appearance, she’s putting her male counterparts to shame. Of course Rita doesn’t just kick ass. She even mentors co-character, Cage, whom despite being your stereotypical ‘strong man’ can’t seem to make it through a day alive, without Rita’s intervention.
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(Fast & Furious Franchise)
We all know the dangerous beauty that is, Michelle Rodriguez. Shes got a heart of gold, but don’t let that fool you. Michelle can cross her legs just as well as she can pack a punch. So when she signed on to play Letty Ortiz  in the Fast & Furious franchise, there was no denying the hurricane of self-confidence and ferocity that the audience had coming their way. After all, it takes a true badass like Rodriguez to play the on-screen equivalent. I think its safe to say that audiences weren’t disappointed.
As a book, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is arguably one of the most difficult to read. There is no beating around the bush, no subtle subtext that sympathizes with its reader’s tender emotions. No, this book is as unforgiving as it is magnificent. One of the many reasons for its unbeatable delivery? Lisbeth Salander. In both the book and the film adaptions, Salander defies normal expectations of female beauty and brings the ‘take it or leave it’ attitude to the next level. This crime-investigating computer wiz doesn’t need a man to save her. She’s got her own back and enough generosity to save her male counterparts, too. 
 
 
Harry Potter is a hero, I’ll give you that much, but he wouldn’t have gotten very far without his best friend, Hermione Granger, saving his skin at every turn. As the most mature and intelligent of the “Potter Trio”, Granger shows her unending capacity for bravery through determination and loyalty to both her friends and the fight against evil. As selfless as she was bright, there is no shortage of reasons why Hermione Granger makes the list of badass female characters. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Bustle’s article on a few of the reasons we all should learn from Hermione Granger.
Katniss Everdeen  
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So you may be wondering why there isn’t a dazzling picture of the ever-lovely, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptions of Suzanne Collin’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy. It’s simple, Katniss was her finest in the books. Don’t get me wrong, I sat in the theater and gushed over the flawless performance Lawrence gave and the way she brought life to Suzanne Collin’s beloved Girl on Fire. It was the changes they made to Katniss’s drive and personality that took away from her strengths. For one, the book version of Katniss Everdeen is interested in two things: staying alive and protecting her sister, Prim. Her love interests, Gale and Peeta, are little more background noise to the bigger picture . Shes willing to kill anyone and anything that poses a threat to her family and even uses Peeta’s romantic feelings for her, to save her own skin, with little regard (okay, no regard) for his feelings. She may not be nice, but you can’t say she isn’t a badass. 

 

If only we could pay tribute to all of the badass females of film and literature. They date back centuries and they’re only growing in number with the passing of time. So, what badass female made your blood pump a little faster and your heart beat a little louder?

 
 
 
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2017

2016 isn’t even over yet and people are already anticipating the big films of 2017. That is with good reason. It’s no wonder why so many people are hanging on the coming year’s releases since this past year has delivered a number of box office hits. Let’s take a look at a few of the movies that stole our focus out of sheer blind excitement!

 

  1. “Beauty and the Beast (2017)”


Who doesn’t love a classic romance story, especially one that was a part of your childhood? As creative as they are successful, Disney has done an amazing job recreating their classic cartoon films into live action movies. Next in line is “Beauty and the Beast (2017)”. I know Disney won’t disappoint because there is a cast that includes the likes of Emma Watson.

“Wonder Woman (2017)”


After decades of watching male-dominated movies, where comics-to-movies are concerned, the arrival of the Wonder Woman film is a long time coming. We catch a glimpse of her in the Batman vs. Superman film, but it is only an appetizer. Now we await the main course! This is a movie audiences don’t mind waiting for. But many comic book and movie fans demand that at the end, perfection is delivered. With Gal Gadot as the leading character of the film, perfection won’t be a hard feat to live up to.

 

  1. Dunkirk (2017)


Dunkirk is still one of the most anticipated films of 2017. It’s a teaser with a trailer of little over a minute that gives away nothing eluding to the plot. Christopher Nolan, director of the “Dark Knight” triology, “Inception (2010)”, “Interstellar (2014)” and other mind-blowing films, treks into uncharted territory for his latest project. So what is Dunkirk? Well, the movie is set in World War II. What happens? All we know it that it has something to do with 300,000 allied troops being surrounded by enemy forces during the evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

  1. Justice League (2017)


The main reason this film is so anticipated is for the failure of its predecessor, “Batman v Superman (2016)”. Through this disappointment, those same fans are looking onto the newest DC comics’ edition with both hope and dread. Based on the trailer alone, “Justice League (2017)” may be saved by the added comedic characters and all-around great cast. One can only hope that after so many years of waiting that director, Zach Snyder, will do the Justice League some Justice.

 

  1. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)”


Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is a film that many moviegoers didn’t see coming. That’s because its been four years since “Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)”. That is where the ‘final chapter’ picks up. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you know that its one of the longest ongoing series. Quite honestly, we’re sad to see it end!! But what can be more gratifying than watching main character, Alice, return to where the Resident Evil story started: Raccoon City, for a final stand against apocalyptic evil. Major girl power, bring it Alice!

 

  1. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)”


Will the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise ever put an end to their legacy? Probably not. There is really no reason for the story line to cease as long as Johnny Depp is still around to play Jack Sparrow. The franchise has never managed to disappoint. They always dominates the box office with each release.  As a result, they continue dominating our hearts with the comedic but dramatic alternate universe.

 

  1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2017)

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As the third film in its series, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2017)” is arguably the most anticipated film of the series, so far. The Death Cure picks up right after Scorch Trials. A band of loyal friends continue to evade a wicked group of scientists whom want the children to find a cure for a disease that wiped out the majority of the world. No trailer has been released, as of yet, but fans are still stumbling over themselves in excitement for the third film.

2016 may have been a year for some hot films, but 2017 is already winning and the race has yet to begin.

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Austin City Limits: The Coachella of Texas

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Austin City Limits is a three day music festival located in Austin, Texas. Austin is known for its amazing food, The University of Texas at Austin, live music, and hipster attitude. This year, the festival is celebrating its 15th year anniversary over two weekends. Some major artists that will be there are The Chainsmokers, Flume, Kendrick Lamar, M83, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and many more.  To add to the music, local favorite restaurants serve up some unique and delicious food. A few popular stops include Amy’s Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos, Tiff’s Treats, and Mighty Cone.

ACL 2016 lineup poster
ACL 2016 lineup poster

Since I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas, (which is about an hour south of Austin) here’s a local’s perspective. My first time going to Austin City Limits (ACL) I was a junior in high school. It was one of the best weekends of my life. I went with a giant group of friends, dressed like a typical trendy teen, and enjoyed myself for every single second of it. My favorite part was being seventh row for Kendrick Lamar. I sat on a friend’s shoulders, and looked back to see 100, 000 people behind me. This year will be my third year to go to the festival!! With the great memories I’ve already made, I’m extremely excited to be able to attend again.

Concert crowd at ACL's Honda Stage
Concert crowd at ACL’s Honda Stage

So how does ACL seem like Coachella? Being a student at the University of California at Los Angeles, I attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. (I’ve already bought my ticket for 2017!) Coachella and Austin City Limits have many things in common. I describe ACL as the ‘Coachella of Texas’ when telling people about it for the first time. Both festivals have similar artists playing to huge crowds on a giant field, boho styled attendees, delicious food trucks, and easygoing vibes. As a veteran of both music festivals, I can say that even though they’re inherently similar. While they’re both very similar, you need to attend both to really understand the experience of each weekend.

If you’re ever in Austin during the beginning of October, have $250 lying around, and love a good time, I highly recommend going to the Coachella of Texas, the Austin City Limits music festival.

Have any of your Glamorous people ever been to ACL? If so, comment below and tell me if you had a mind-blowing experience like I did at Kendrik Lamar! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper your favorite festivals looks from your past events!

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Fantastic Beasts Final Trailer Released


Dear Glamorous Witches and Wizards,

We are pleased to inform you that Glamorous Paper invites you into the Wizarding world of Harry Potter! (Unfortunately not the Universal Studios Park one though.) We welcome you as we dive once again in a world full of enchantment, mystery, and of course, magic like you’ve never seen before.

For those who are familiar with this bewitching world- welcome back! For those who have never stepped into this domain, you are in for a magical time!

This past Wednesday, Warner Brothers Pictures released the final trailer of the anticipated movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”  This is the first spin-off film from the Harry Potter book and film franchise. These spin offs focus on a series of phenomenon that occurred 55 years before the events of the famous boy wizard.

In this special spin-off, we take a look inside the Wizarding world set in the late 1920s. Newt Scamander, (famed Magizooligist and author of the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) finds himself in the midst of catching and acquiring magical creatures that he brought from London and accidentally set loose in the heart of New York City. Will Scamander and his friends be able to capture all the magical beasts that are running wild? Or will something more sinister be waiting for them deep amongst this gloomy city?

With the script-writing debut of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling herself; Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne playing the lead role of Newt Scamander; and the guidance of David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films; there’s no doubt that this film is the top must-see movies of the season. Not to mention there are high expectations were made into the making of this film. This is the first Harry Potter universe film since “The Deathly Hallows Part 2” in 2011 and it is also the first film out of the Fantastic Beasts trilogy. Due to its popular demand, Harry Potter fans from all around eagerly await the for the film premiere.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens this November 18.

So glamorous witches and wizards, time to whip up your wands and step into the most magical film of the year. And by doing so, comment below and tell us how excited  or nervous you are for the movie premiere! (And the start of a brand new obsession!!)

Lumos Maxima!


 

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Childhood Icons: Then and Now

 

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If you were anything like me as a kid then you know that nothing came in between you and the latest episode of your favorite Disney show. Needless to say, if Hannah Montana was on, you better believe you could find me rocking out on my air guitar to “Best of Both Worlds.” As time went on, the final episodes of shows like Even Stevens and Suite Life of Zack and Cody came to a tearful end. This forced the dedicated viewers, such as myself, to move on with our lives. The other night I had a nostalgic relapse. I ended up binge watching [I’m sure an unhealthy amount of] my childhood favorites. My trip down memory lane got the wheels in my brain turning and sparked the curiosity. I had to wonder, where are these Disney stars now?

Shia LeBeouf

 

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Oh the infamous Louis Stevens. Kid brother to scholar, Ren Stevens and Star athlete, Donnie Stevens. Louis is known for his immaturity and shenanigans but he’s hard not to love. Even Stevens aired for three seasons and is still one of the most iconic Disney shows talked about to this day. The show practically jump started LaBeouf’s career. From then on he was down a path of stardom. LaBeouf began starring in box office hits like Disturbia and Transformers which led to even bigger and more challenging roles. LaBeouf moved onto ground shaking films like Fury where he acted alongside Oscar winning actor Brad Pitt. Shia seemed to be climbing a ladder in which each rung he ascended people began to take him more and more seriously. His latest role in Lars Von Trier’s film, Nymphomaniac, pushes limits and showcases LeBeouf’s raw talent.

On screen the actor seems to have it all together but off screen is a completely different story. I could lay out a timeline of all of the outlandish things the former Disney star has done but let’s be honest, who has time for that? So instead let’s do a quick recap. In the past 3 years Shia LeBeouf has plagiarized a critically acclaimed author, announced his retirement from “the public life,” worn a bag on his head stating that he is no longer famous, chased a homeless man in order to obtain the man’s McDonald’s, released a “just do it” motivational speech, and ran a single man marathon (144 laps) around a museum in Amsterdam…he’s been a busy man.

All in all, Shia LaBeouf will always have a little piece of our hearts as Louis Stevens and there is no denying his talent. LeBeouf still remains one of the greats in the acting realm and one can only hope that the wandering thirty year old will eventually find his way.

Miley Cyrus

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The Disney comedy series Hannah Montana followed a normal girl living a not so normal, double life. Miley Stewart was your everyday girl living in Malibu with her trusty side kicks Lily and Oliver. Miley faced everyday teenager problems alongside her annoying brother Jackson (Jason Earles) and father Cyrus (Billy Ray Stewart). This made Miley more relatable to the kids growing up watching the show. Except there was a twist…Miley was a regular kid by day and an undercover pop sensation by night! Miley’s ability to showcase her musical talent on the show was a major key in sparking her career as a musical artist. After the fourth season, however, it was time to move on and during the last episode the pop star revealed her identity and the actress waved goodbye to her Hannah Montana days.

After the show, Miley Cyrus had this image of Hannah Montana that followed her around like Peter Pan’s Shadow. She soon became determined to rebuild a new persona. This became evident in the 2013 release of her Album “Can’t Be Tamed” which showed a much more sultry and edgy side of Miley the world hadn’t seen before. The Disney star was finally finding her independence. (You Go Miley!)

Miley is known as having a romantic relationship with Liam Hemsworth, whom she starred with in the 2010 film “The last Song.” Miley seemed to be in a great place, but as a pessimistic scholar once said, “all good things must come to an end.” The couple sadly broke off their engagement which was announced to the public in 2013. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself.

Let me backtrack.

In 2012 Miley decided to throw a curve ball at her fans and completely shave her head. Little did we know the new hairstyle meant a new album was in the making. If her 2013 album “Bangerz” didn’t make a point that she was no longer the little girl from Disney, than I don’t know what would. Oh wait, maybe swinging in naked on a wrecking ball. Or possibly twerking on Robin Thicke at the VMA’s…But hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Miley may have gone a little crazy with the “new Identity” brigade but with the pressure Miley has received from the public for most of her life, I don’t blame her one bit. When it comes down to it, Miley is just a normal girl who lives at home with her dogs and pig. She supports organizations like City of Hope and is now a judge on NBC’s The Voice. So who’s to say the former wigged pop star doesn’t have her life together? We must always remember, “Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days.”

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

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Give me a T-R-O-U-B-L-E! What does that spell?! Well, trouble. If you ask Mr. Moseby the definition of the word, he’ll respond without hesitation. Zack and Cody. What better idea for a sitcom than two troublesome twins living at a hotel causing chaos left and right. The answer is none. Well, except for two troublesome twins living on a cruise ship causing chaos left and right. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite life on Deck were absolute successes leaving Dylan and Cole Sprouse to be the richest pair of young twins in the year 2007 and 2010. Fame hit the twins like a freight train. And it didn’t care whether or not the boys were ready to handle it.

11 years have passed since the Suite Life aired on Disney Channel and a lot has changed in that time. In 2010, the twins received exciting news that their hours spent tutoring on set had finally paid off. They had both been accepted to New York University. Although they did not attend until a year later, Cole successfully pursued a major in archaeology while Dylan focused on Video Game design.

During the time spent in New York, Dylan actually tried out the working class lifestyle. He became a host at a restaurant simply because he has an adventurous spirit. Dylan must have enjoyed the service industry because word on the street is the former Disney star is now opening a Meadery this fall in the heart of Brooklyn. Grab your ID’s ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new brewer in town. As always, keep your fingers crossed tightly for upcoming roles to arise for these talented twins. But for now we can all be proud of how far this Dynamic Disney duo has come.

So next time you find yourself taking a trip down memory lane with your childhood favorites, take a second to appreciate people and things for what they are not and not what you think they should be. Don’t grow up too fast and always remember to hold on to the child inside of you. 

 

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