Guess who grew up thinking that books with strong girl leads were somehow less intelligent, even silly? Moi.
Yet, over the years, I have continued to gravitate to those female leads. This new show I’ve found, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, well, she is a fascinating character. Rich, dynamic. Irreverent. Ignores the limited confines of definitions, and wantonly goes after what she wants, when she wants.
Based on the Pyrne Fisher Mystery Series, of books by Kerry Greenwood.
From the first episode:
The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back.
I love reading, watching, being entertained, by strong, vibrant and unique women. Women who do things women are not supposed to do, be who they are not supposed to be. Those who ignore the minuscule ideas from small minds. They understand, fundamentally, right from wrong. Yet, perhaps with a definition that better suits their own values.
While being IN society, they also threaten it. And often step outside it.
Their idealism, and strong will, their strength of character, tip the apple cart, often.
Every now and again I find another of those rare jems, a strong female lead, like Miss Pyrne Fisher.
When I was young, it was Nancy Drew Mysteries. That started it. I’d lay in bed, knees up, ensconced within the safety of my Holly Hobbie bedroom, book in hand, deep into her world. Oh, don’t ask me the titles now, they are long gone from memory, but I remember loving them. I’d get lost in her courage, her way of always knowing what to say, what to do next. I so admired that.
Cause I was nothing at all like that. Nothing. Oh, but I wanted to be just alittle of that. Just some, I was never greedy.
As an adult, I want to see women not afraid to be feminine, and goes after her more earthy desires.
She arrives by boat, to a time after the first world war, upon the streets and suites of Melbourne, Australia. From decadent to dismal, but always with that fast paced, 20’s tone. And the cinematography gives a gentle nod to the feeling of that time.
Oh dear, and we only just met.