Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following is rife with spoilers galore for The Magicians. If you’re not already caught up with this Syfy creation, you may want to remedy that now. You won’t regret it.
Now, Fen (Brittany Curran) was born and raised in Fillory by knifemakers and swordsmiths. Fen attended Tree School as a young girl, and eventually joined the radical group Fillorians United. She knew she would inevitably marry a complete stranger for financial and political purposes. Her father, Dint II, expedited her marriage to Eliot Waugh (Hale Appleman) once it was revealed that he was a legitimate High King. Fen moved into Castle Whitespire with her new husband.
Later, Fen became pregnant while married to Eliot. Her past as a FU (Fillorians United) Fighter was unveiled to Eliot and his associate High King Margo the Destroyer (Summer Bishil). Eliot was reticent to continue trusting her after one of her comrades attempted to assassinate him. However, Fen stood her ground and reminded Eliot that she was married to him for the good of Fillory. Next, Fen was kidnapped by the Fairies and entrapped in their realm. She gave birth to her child, but unfortunately said child was taken from her. Fen later discovered that her offspring actually perished in childbirth.
Then, Fen worked in tandem with Margo and Julia Wicker (Stella Maeve) to free the Fairies. Margo and her friends fled to Castle Blackspire to save magic, so Fen was named Acting High King in the former’s stead. Later, Fen began having visions regarding a strange figure wandering through her dreams. Said figure revealed that she was meant to assassinate High King Margo (this was after Margo returned to reclaim her throne).
Instead, she spared Margo and banished her from Fillory. Fen remained in power along with Josh Hoberman (Trevor Einhorn) until the pair were overthrown by the Dark King (Sean Maguire). During that time while she was separated from Margo and Eliot, Josh and Fen made the beast with two backs. Thus, he passed the werewolf curse to Fen. Now, she’s teaming up with her friends to stop the Dark King and the decimation of Fillory as a whole.
The Real Deal:
Now, Fen is the real deal. She’s incessantly underestimated by her peers, but our Fillorian native is stronger than she appears. She’s a wellspring of kindness and genuine empathy, which is a rarity in today’s climate. Not to mention, she’s incredibly skilled with knives, and if she brandished one at me I’d run the other way. She wears her heart on her sleeve. Fen doesn’t shy away from vulnerability. In addition, she’s immensely loyal to her friends and beyond selfless. She puts Fillory and its people above her own needs. At times, Fen may feel as though she’s constantly on the back burner, but she finds a way to make her voice heard. Fen’s inadvertent charm is bewitching, and her easygoing nature makes her all the more lovable.
Why She Matters:
Alright, why does she matter? We’re often told, as women, that we must be a bastion of strength – physically, mentally and emotionally. We shouldn’t let pesky emotions cloud our judgement. Sensitivity is a weakness. However, Fen reminds us that vulnerability is a strength. Sensitivity is proof that one feels everything fully. Fen isn’t afraid to convey that, nor does she refrain from showing her vulnerable side. Not to mention, her struggle with Postpartum Depression was beautifully showcased and no doubt resonated with countless women around the globe.
So, be like Fen. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Never shy away from vulnerability. Always be kind. Retain your childlike wonderment. Oh, and wield those knives like the boss badass you are.
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