On January 11, there’s a good chance you may have tuned in to the Golden Globe Awards. This year, I wasn’t too keen to watch the majority of it, but I was lucky enough to witness one of the most talked about speeches of the night.
Maggie Gyllenhall (who later won the Best Actress in a miniseries Golden Globe for her role in “The Honourable Woman”) gave an incredible speech about the roles of women in film and on television.
I absolutely loved what she had to say. When I first started this blog, I was tired of the weak and helpless female characters I kept reading about. My goal was to find and write about fierce, strong women in books, film, and TV.
But something I realized and Gyllenhall explains so well is that we’re more captivated by complex characters. Nothing is merely black and white. No one is good or bad. No one is just weak or strong.
Writers are creating more complex and diverse characters, especially female ones. I hope they keep doing what they’re doing, because it gets me excited to read more and watch more.