In Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, we meet Sarah, (Jennifer Connelly) a young teen who would like nothing more than to live in a fairy tale, believing that her father and stepmother make her do awful things like babysit and interrupt her playtime. (They are in fact very reasonable in their requests.) When Sarah makes a foolish wish to have her baby stepbrother taken by the goblins, the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) steps in to deliver. Sarah regrets her choice and has to run the treacherous Labyrinth to rescue the baby and learn to grow up.
Like the heroes and couples I've written about previously, many heroines inspired me. Some of them will be obvious, but some will not. There are no one-to-one comparisons here, each girl is heroic in her own way, but not the same as any man. I admire girls in media who are more than pretty faces, I admire their kindness, their compassion, their skill or their intelligence more than anything else. You may find that they are all fighters... but not all in the same way.
15: Princess Ariel of Atlantica, from Disney's The Little Mermaid.
I was three, OK? For a long time I admired Ariel for her take no crap (not even from her father) attitude. I wanted to be her... well, be a mermaid anyway! But as I got older, I turned away from Ariel as a role model and turned to a more appropriate princess. The less said about this brat the better really. Sorry, Ariel Fans...
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