Thursday Thirteen #70 — Famous Fictional Women


March is International Women’s History Month, or something like that. Since that dovetails nicely into the discussions around here over the past few weeks, I figured I’d invent thirteen women who will one day be discussed. By someone.

Some of these women you’ve met before. Others I created just this week. Let me know who you’d like to see more of and, just like the list of bands the other week, I shall do what I can to oblige.

Thirteen fictional women who changed the world

1. Zeynep Goldstein. This not-terribly-observant Muslim woman married a not-terribly-observant Jew and, without meaning to, found a way to begin to bridge the centuries-old hatred between the people of the two religions. (Although, as a Jew, I didn’t know of this hatred until about ten years ago, at most. Must be a hidden hatred, or am I that sheltered?)

2. Toni Lauren Smith — One of eight children, Toni and her husband Leon decided to seek fulfillment by not contributing to the world’s population problem. Instead, they work tirelessly to promote the conservation of the world’s green spaces and the flora, fauna, and wildlife that dwells within in. (If you think she wasn’t inspired by a certain blogger, you’re nuts.)

3. Maureen — Also known as More to Roadie Poet, she is helping (along with the real-life women out there) that women do belong in the often-sexist world of roadies.

4. Aliyah — Created last week, all I know about Aliyah so far is that she’s a chemist, doing research in a New York City lab into alternates for petroleum. Her partner is a big-shit record producer, also in New York. She keeps him grounded and proves, yet again, that it takes a good woman to make a man great.

5. Sara Deaver — a single mom who teaches her community and social circle how to live with grace under pressure.

6. Alina Kozlova — A historian by training, Alina brings history to life, with the help of a team of sociologists, pyschologists, and every other -ologist she deems necessary. First through articles in a national news weekly magazine and then through her own books and later podcasts, Alina makes history sexy — and reminds us of the relevance of the past in today’s world.

7. JC Montecino — The US Government’s top IRS fraud inspector. Despite long hours on the job, JC raises a family of seven children. With the help of her stay-at-home husband who somehow finds the time and energy to constantly be renovating at least one room of the four-bedroom house.

8. Pauline Smolinski — A Holocaust survivor, at 80 she begins a new career as a Food TV host. As a judge of Iron Chef America and all those food competitions where people create crazy things and win ten grand for it, she’s not afraid to show what’s what in terms of the importance of food and nourishment.

9. Beverly Buck — Big Buck’s wife. Those of you who hang around know that Big Buck’s Best Barbecue is one of those places in the fictional city of Riverview that no one can get enough of. Beverly is responsible for creating Bodacious Sauce. She’s also the one who takes the mobile barbecue on the road, proving that women can barbecue with the best out there.

10. Sassy Brody — A lawyer whose rising star has people hoping she’ll be named US Attorney General.

11. Ruby Red — fashion designer to the stars, she helps turn the musical culture into something other than sex and the ghetto.

12. Bunny Fitzgerald — At the tenderish age of 20, Bunny Fitzgerald took the skateboarding scene like a storm. The first female pro with a reputation as good as Tony Hawk’s, Bunny takes that board and flies with it. Rumor has it that Shaun White thinks she’s hot, but the idea of being Bunny White scares her sleepless.

13. Lyric Maker — You’ve met Lyric on these pages before. Stay tuned; there’s more of her to come. LOTS more.

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  1. pussreboots

    March 12, 2008 7:25 pm

    #1 reminds me of a story my mother in law tells. Happy TT.

  2. Bob-kat

    March 12, 2008 7:53 pm

    Cool, I would love to hear more about lyric. There are some great characters there and I bet there are very similar women out there…somewhere. I want to hear more about all of them but definitely More and Toni (I definitely relate to the choice of not having children which is different to being childless and does not require sympathy thank you very much and does not mean I hate children!).

  3. Chelle Y.

    March 12, 2008 7:55 pm

    It sounds like some very interesting characters!

  4. SandyCarlson

    March 12, 2008 7:55 pm

    Ruby Red appeals to me. Reminds me of an ol’ Helen Reddy tune, too. This is a great list.

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 12, 2008 7:56 pm

    There is DEFINITELY more Lyric to come. Have no fear.BR/BR/I think the choosing to be childless is a definite must-address. It’s a big subject.

  6. anthonynorth

    March 12, 2008 8:07 pm

    Women of all shades there. Marvellous.

  7. Janet

    March 12, 2008 9:09 pm

    Those are some interesting women, for SURE!

  8. Shelley Munro

    March 12, 2008 9:14 pm

    Beverly Buck with her BBQ crusade made me laugh, although I have to say you’ve set us a difficult assignment. It’s hard to choose!

  9. Cheerio

    March 12, 2008 9:38 pm

    Great informative list.

  10. Thomma Lyn

    March 12, 2008 10:07 pm

    What a superduper list! I would love Toni, and I bet Bunnygirl will get a kick out of Bunny — and LOL @ your “Bunny White” comment!BR/BR/You did a great job of coming up with strong and fascinating female characters, each of which, in her own way, walks her own walk and talks her own talk. BR/BR/It seems the choice to remain childfree is one of the biggest choices a woman can make for her life that throws people for a loop. To me, that’s silly, but then women have been defined for so long by motherhood that it really harelips some people to grapple with the notion that parenthood is (or should be) a Ichoice/I, not an obligation.BR/BR/Most of us childfree gals appreciate the wonderful job that good moms do — we just don’t want that particular job ourselves. :)BR/BR/Thanks for an as-ever Igreat/I T13!

  11. Claudia

    March 12, 2008 10:14 pm

    I love that you do this. These people feel so real and available – and how fun to meet them, even if to meet them again.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  12. Lara Angelina

    March 12, 2008 10:14 pm

    Susan Dear,BR/Would LOVE to be your historian!! I could give Alina a run for her money!! Truly, you have some amazing characters and a wonderful sense of who they are. And…the names you picked are great!BR/Happy TT and thanks for stopping by!

  13. Chuck

    March 12, 2008 10:21 pm

    right on, sister…love the post; love the blog. you rock (i know. you’ve never heard of Ithat/I before, huh.BR/BR/*smooches*BR/BR/happy tt 😉

  14. Adelle

    March 12, 2008 10:23 pm

    Fabulous list. Very creative. Happy T13!

  15. annbruce

    March 12, 2008 10:51 pm

    I read #11 as Ruby Rod, who was played by Chris Tucker in THE FIFTH ELEMENT. He did have a better figure than a lot of women I know.

  16. Winter

    March 12, 2008 11:22 pm

    Argh! You make me want to do my 13 Bar couples now! I actually have 13 things I know because I work at a cemetery, all written up! Now I have to decide… You are a shit disturber… but the good kind. 😉

  17. Nap Warden

    March 13, 2008 12:00 am

    This is the second TT on women this week! Great list:)

  18. bunnygirl

    March 13, 2008 12:05 am

    Fun list, LOL! I was wondering why your blog had been quiet for a little while. Seems you’ve been busy pondering!

  19. tommie

    March 13, 2008 12:06 am

    What a great list of wonderful women! BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my TT.

  20. Nicole Austin

    March 13, 2008 12:59 am

    They all sounds like great characters!BR/BR/Happy TT!

  21. Julia

    March 13, 2008 3:27 am

    I love how you make all the characters so real, that it hard to chose.BR/BR/However I think I want to know more about Pauline, Bunny (LOL @ your comments on Bunny White) and Lyrics.BR/BR/Happy TTs!BR/Julia-Yen

  22. damozel

    March 13, 2008 4:12 am

    I love it that you have a rising attorney general called “Sassy.” Fun list. sounds like some interesting stories to come.BR/BR/Thanks for visiting mine–BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”13 Hearts/ABR/

  23. Darla

    March 13, 2008 7:22 am

    Yikes. If I had 7 siblings, I might very well not want any kids of my own, either. BR/BR/Toni’s obviously well-balanced by JC. BR/:)

  24. fullbodytransplant

    March 13, 2008 7:58 am

    I did this with my class for real women, now I need to try the imaginary!BR/BR/Thanks.

  25. storyteller

    March 13, 2008 8:03 am

    Your imagination is amazing woman! I’d love to read all of their stories (now that you’ve introduced them) … especially #1, 6, and 10!BR/Hugs and blessings,

  26. susiej

    March 13, 2008 8:33 am

    What rich lyrics…This is going to be great.

  27. LA Day

    March 13, 2008 8:51 am

    Creative as always!

  28. Tilly Greene

    March 13, 2008 9:44 am

    Fabulous list darlin’…each morning I visit this one website where they’ve been telling a different woman’s tale each day and they are all as varied and unique as the next.BR/BR/Has been making a great way to start the day…inspiring 🙂

  29. Aline de Chevigny

    March 13, 2008 9:54 am

    LOL Love #4 and 6BR/BR/Heheh if you change one little letter in #6’s name you have Me **grin**BR/BR/Okay, okay I’ll behave LOLBR/BR/Great ListBR/BR/Aline

  30. Holly

    March 13, 2008 10:07 am

    I like that not all your women are politically correct – and I like that some aren’t saints! (I like a bit of spunk and down and dirty)BR/BR/Thanks for dropping by my TT-13BR/BR/Smiles,BR/BR/HollyBR/

  31. Pop Tart

    March 13, 2008 10:07 am

    Are any modeled on real women — famous or in your own life? I’m guessing some people that don’t live in your own head influence you ;)BR/BR/TT’s posted A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”here/A and A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”here/A.

  32. ellen b

    March 13, 2008 10:41 am

    You have such a great imagination! I think Alina strikes my fancy.BR/Have a wonderful week…

  33. Moondancer

    March 13, 2008 10:48 am

    Very interesting characters. I’d love to hear more about many of them.

  34. Tempest Knight

    March 13, 2008 11:31 am

    Love your imaginary characters! *wg*

  35. Lesley

    March 13, 2008 11:32 am

    Great ladies! I love Alina! History IS Sexy! I don’t understand how anyone could say it was boring! Unless they had a boring history teacher who spoiled it for them. Down with boring history teachers!

  36. FRIGGA

    March 13, 2008 11:39 am

    I’m not so sure I know who ANY of those woman are….BR/BR/Happy TT 🙂

  37. xakara

    March 13, 2008 12:52 pm

    Maybe I’m just hungry, but the Iron Chef judge cracked me up and I’d love to see where that goes. :)BR/BR/Along with, well everyone actually, but most especially; 9, 11, 12 and 13!BR/BR/Happy TT SusanBR/BR/~X

  38. The Gal Herself

    March 13, 2008 1:32 pm

    LOVE the name “Sassy Brody!” Makes me wish I had a daughter to name … or another cat. (Thanks for visiting my TT)

  39. Kaige

    March 13, 2008 1:45 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been busy! Quite a nice spectrum of characters, Susan.

  40. the teach

    March 13, 2008 2:27 pm

    Susan you are so creative! I just love this stuff and these women. They are interesting and ambitious and sympathetic people! I hope I’ll see more of them… Happy TT13!

  41. Kat's Krackerbox

    March 13, 2008 5:11 pm

    They sound like very interesting women, can’t wait to see more of them. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes!

  42. Kat's Krackerbox

    March 13, 2008 5:11 pm

    They sound like very interesting women, can’t wait to see more of them. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes!

  43. Kat's Krackerbox

    March 13, 2008 5:11 pm

    They sound like very interesting women, can’t wait to see more of them. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes!

  44. Celticlibrarian

    March 13, 2008 5:26 pm

    I’d be keen to hear more about Alina. Sounds like she could do for history what Alton Brown does with food…only more so.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  45. Lazy Daisy

    March 13, 2008 7:23 pm

    I’d like to know about bunny fitzgerald, She sounds like a really cool girl.

  46. Julia Smith

    March 13, 2008 7:49 pm

    My favorite of these women is Alina Kozlova. Love her name, love her passion.

  47. Sue

    March 13, 2008 7:58 pm

    Alina sounds very intriguing! I like sexy history 🙂 Happy TT and thanks so much for stopping by!

  48. Ann

    March 13, 2008 10:06 pm

    Great list, so are we going to hear more about them?

  49. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 13, 2008 10:07 pm

    I’m hoping so.

  50. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife

    March 14, 2008 12:50 am

    You are one very creative lady! Great list! Can’t wait to read about some of them!

  51. Brittany

    March 14, 2008 10:47 am

    Once again great TT! Very interesting characters!

  52. No Nonsense Girl

    March 14, 2008 10:51 am

    Happy T13 Susan. 🙂

  53. Haley-O

    March 14, 2008 5:10 pm

    Lyric intrigues me…..

  54. Jill

    March 15, 2008 5:29 pm

    This is just a proof that your women character are stronger innovative women! Way to go Susan!

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