For me, kickass heroines in the horror genre began with Dana Scully and Buffy Summers. These two iconic characters helped shape the genre and gave us women who were smart, resourceful and able to hold their own in a fight.
From them, we have Abbie Mills, Sookie Stackhouse and of course, my favourite - Wynonna Earp.
Heroines have changed over the years. Buffy Summers was a blonde, perky cheerleader with a seemingly perfect life - before being dragged into slaying. Today's heroines are a little more relatable. Wynonna Earp is a booze soaked mess, with a history of psychatric problems and a short temper. She isn't perfect, she doesn't have her shit together and I think it makes for much more entertaining viewing.
She may be more of an anti-hero, but Harley Quinn is a similar kickass woman. She has many issues, but she isn't competely evil either.
I hope to see more characters like this in the future. Real women with real problems, who just happen to save the world on a weekly basis.
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S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
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