Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Jeffrey Overstreet, MFA
Second Advisor/Committee Member
April Middeljans, PhD
strong female character, literature, film, fantasy
This project is twofold. The first section analyzes six female fantasy characters in their literary and filmic incarnations—Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz), Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Arwen Evenstar (The Lord of the Rings), Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), and Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)—noting adaptational changes made to each and placing the twelve incarnations in conversation with each other. This conversation centers around the concept of the “strong female character,” and this study attempts to define the qualifications of a true “strong female character,” distinguished from a “hyper-strong” stereotype, and show how each of these twelve incarnations meets or fails to meet those qualifications. The second section is an excerpt from my novel-in-progress Ogelzetrap, followed by analysis of my female characters and how I’ve crafted them to avoid pitfalls of harmful literary and cinematic norms.
Westeren, Valari, ""Strong Female Characters"? An Analysis of Six Female Fantasy Characters from Novel to Film" (2020). Honors Projects. 145.