This is more than just fanart for me, today. On the left is Alice Liddell, aka Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and on the right is Emma Crewe, who is a Dorothy in Namesake, as in Wizard of Oz Dorothy.
The two posters I have in my childhood bedroom are a movie poster for Wizard of Oz, and an illustration from Alice in Wonderland. It’s no coincidence that these are two of my favorite characters; they are two of my earliest memories of what you might call Strong Female Character.
But leaving aside gender politics, these were the first two characters I ever identified with. They were smart (sometimes), sassy, curious, adventurous, and brave. These two are prime examples of accessible characters, and even though each is flawed in her own ways, they are flawed in ways that make them relatable, not weak.
Big thanks to Isabelle Melancon and Megan Lavey-Heaton for making Namesake. It’s lovely and one of my favorite things :)