It has been a while since I have been on the blog but I am going to be trying to commit more time to this from now on. As you may or may not know I have always written my novels from the perspective of the heroine because the strong female characters have always been the most interesting in my eyes. They seem to have a depth that I just cannot get right with a male character.
I was watching the new film, Wreck it Ralph yesterday and the strong female influence that was evident in the film took me a little by surprise. I had not expected it to be so clearly defined and felt the urge to head on to the blog and let you know my thoughts on it.
The whole premise of the film is centred around a video game arcade which seems at first glance to be a young male oriented world. As the film progresses though it becomes clear that this is not going to be the recurring theme throughout. Not far into the film at all there is a scene which depicts a young female playing on the games in the arcade and she remains in the film throughout adding a contrast to the setting.
The female character cast is led by the small Vanellope who is a glitch inside of a racing game called "Sugar Rush." What stood out to me with her is that she is depicted in another typically male setting of race car driving but this has no impact on her at all. The majority of the racers within the game are female, all apart from the notorious King Candy who is portrayed as a bad guy.
Vanellope is a glitch and is not welcome in the racing game that she dwells in, she is shunned by the other strong females in the game, rather like a group of catty teenage girls who shun her and bully her. This does not dampen her spirit though and it is very clear that she is happy with her life, she is a feisty young girl with a solid heart.
Another strong female lead in the film is Sergeant Calhoun who is a a powerful and intimidating woman. She has the most tragic back story programmed into her of lost love and because of this she seems at first to be cold and callous. Her heart becomes apparent later on in the story as she finally allows Fix it Felix to woo her and accepts him. She however remains as the leading force in this relationship.
In most films and TV programmes when a mode of transport such as a car is depicted, it is usually done so with the male driving and the female along for the ride. Wreck it Ralph makes a point of this not being the case at all. When Calhoun is riding along on a hoverboard, she has control of the vehicle whilst Felix clings to her for protection. The same is true of Vanellope in a scene where she is driving her new race car and Ralph is perched precariously on the back of it allowing her to steer him in whichever way that she pleases.
Another point that stood out to me was the titles given to the characters. King Candy is the ruler of the Sugar Rush game and when it comes to light that Vanellope should be the ruler of the game she is given the title of Princess which is clearly not as noble as a King.
Overall a very fantastic film though and I would highly recommend it to anybody.