Are you old enough to remember how much the role of females in post-apocalyptic entertainment has changed since the ’80s? The scantily clad women clinging to a male for rescue transformed into triumphant heroines from the late ’70s to the early ’90s.
A few breakthrough roles in blockbuster movies opened our eyes to female protagonists who are at home among blood-spill and action. To name a few: Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgement Day 1991) and Ripley (starring Sigourney Weaver in Alien 1979). After these ladies kicked some serious robot/monster butts, nothing was the same.
You don’t need to wield a samurai sword like Michonne in The Walking Dead, or bust nuts like the enhanced Alice of Resident Evil. Women have various charms & capabilities of their own. Modern writers have put them to good use. In recent years, fans of the post-apocalyptic genre have met Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale (TV-series after Margaret Atwood’s classic book from 1985) and other characters who ooze internal strength. In The Book of Eli (2010), Solara (played by Mila Kunis), rises to the occasion in the end of the film.
The allure of the post-apocalyptic genre is to see how characters manage to survive according to their capabilities. The road to salvation can wind a thousand detours. Those who collect food, take care of others and fight for their loved ones, rise to the occasion when the world ends. I would love to see what brave children can do, or pets! Where are the elderly?
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The image below: What a mother lioness! Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Tri-Star Pictures, 1991)
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If you love strong females in post-apocalyptic stories check out Unholy Warrior by Rebecka Jäger:
Nuclear war plunged them into perpetual winter. The survivors must rely on their wits and courage. Beware—you never know who wants to stab you in the back. If you’re a fan of Snowpiercer or the Mad Max movies, you’ll love this post-apocalyptic survival story with fierce females taking the lead. Plenty of action!