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Important Lessons from Iconic Fictional Women

There’s a quote from one of my favorite books by Cassandra Clare that states, “Sometimes, when I have to do something I don’t want to do, I pretend I’m a character from a book. It’s easier to know what they would do.” I think about this a lot, and I keep the idea close to my heart. All of us have met countless characters throughout our lives, and several of them have even been with us ever since childhood. We might not realize it, but these characters have shaped us in ways that we probably can’t even fully comprehend. With so many hours spent watching TV, movies and so many hours spent reading, it would be almost impossible for them not to.

So, the next time you’re in a rut, confused about life or lost in a situation, try thinking of what your favorite character would do. Here are some (emphasis on some) of my personal favorite strong fictional women and important lessons they have left me with.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables reminds me to never put my imagination to waste.

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Miriam “Midge” Maisel from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel reminds me to not back down while fighting for what I want, even if others might judge me for it, never take the easy way out, know my worth and never lesser myself at the expense of someone else

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Lara Jean Covey from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before reminds me how important it is to do things that might seem scary. It’ll be worth it, in the end.

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Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice reminds me to stand up for myself, even to those who might appear to have more power than me—they never do.  

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Beth Pearson from This is Us reminds me to be resilient and patient.

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Donna Sheridan from Mamma Mia! shows me how important it is to be independent… and how at any time I can fly away to Greece and start a new life, if I so choose. Things will work out somehow, won’t they?

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter reminds me to be brave, study hard and always be analatycial with my thinking—also, to not hesitate commanding a group of clueless people.  

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Villanelle from Killing Eve inspires me to have more fashion sense and reminds me to treat myself every once in a while.

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Akeelah from Akeelah and the Bee taught me that when I work hard at something I love and don’t give up when things get tough, I can achieve the unthinkable.

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Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada reminds me to be ruthless and the very best I can be.

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Rey from Star Wars reminds me to look for the best in everyone and every situation and to have hope, even when things might look grim. 

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Fleabag from Fleabag shows me how it’s okay to be a complete mess sometimes and not have everything figured out. That’s just a part of life.

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Éowyn from The Lord of the Rings reminds how powerful it is to be a woman.

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Tahani Al-Jamil from The Good Place reminds me to not constantly compare myself to others and be proud of my achievements.

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Karen Duvall from Unbelievable reminds me to be empathetic, have an open mind and keep calm during stressful times.

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As a creative writing student, Jo March from Little Women inspires me to search for stories in my everyday life and have a sense of humor at all times.

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Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine reminds me to be competitive and never settle.

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Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek reminds me that it’s okay to be a little dramatic sometimes.

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Bonnie from Big Little Lies reminds me to be inquisitive and to follow my instinct.

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Eleven from Stranger Things reminds me to have an open mind and look out for those I love and care about, no matter what dangers might stand in my way…and also to eat more waffles.

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Anne is in the class of 2020 at Pitt and is majoring in English Literature with a minor in German and Creative Writing. She loves to read, watch movies/TV, and make every situation as awkward as possible. 
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