Princess Leia

Why Princess Leia Is The Archetypal Strong Woman Female Leads Can’t Replicate

Carrie Fisher recently passed away, and a million middle-aged hearts broke. Her iconic character Princess Leia was the first movie crush for many men my age, and no character has been able to replace her.

Forty years after her introduction, she is still my favorite female movie character. Unlike today, when female action stars abound, Princess Leia was an anomaly: a strong female lead in a shoot-em-up movie. Ever since Fisher put her hair in a bun, many movie makers have attempted to duplicate her success, but none have been able to do so.

Why is that? Because Princess Leia displayed her strength as a woman, whereas most of the lead action females today are simply trying to imitate the strength of men.

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