Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Build Your Own Final Girl

So you read the post about the Final Girls of horror, and you want to create your own? Simple! Follow our simple formula for creating your own final girl! Base her off yourself, or something you'd like to see more of in horror movies!

Step One: Choose a personality.
Do you want a bubbly girl? One who is open with her sexuality? A girl who loves animals? Maybe someone who flunks every test but reads neuroscience books for fun. There are millions of types of girls and in horror movies, we only ever see a couple!

For my Final Girl, I'll pick my own personality type- quiet, crafty, and not particularly athletic.

♥  Step Two: Choose an outfit.

For my final girl, we have a white lace top for innocence, a black skirt so blood doesn't show, knee highs for running through the woods and avoiding scrapes, and black flats- all the better for escaping with, my dear!
(all clothes pictured from Target) 

♥  Step Three: Choose a villain
Villains! How fun! Would you like your final girl to defeat a superhuman man who wears a mask?  How about a serial killer based in reality? A vampire? A madman with a fixation? What kind of creeper will your girl own?

Although my favorite final girls all fight serial killer types, my final girl would fight something a little more magical, but I'd want something pretty scary too- how about an evil sorcerer who eats children? Maybe like the creature in Pan's Labyrinth, with the eyes? (If you've seen the movie, you know what I mean.)

♥  Step Four: Choose a weapon.
You can go with the classic Final Girl phallic weapon, or choose something a little more yonic. You can always go with a sword, a knife, a bow and arrow- let's be a little more creative than a gun, yeah?

My girl would have my favorite objects- knitting needles. Let's say that she finds some magic in herself too, because witchy girls are my everything. (And knitting is a little like magic, isn't it?)

Combine and shake until thoroughly mixed. What's your final girl like? Tell me all about her!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Final Girl

It always surprises people when they find out how much I love horror movies. I wear a lot of dresses, watch a lot of Disney, have a vintage fairy tale collection. Horror movies are scary, gross, and not exactly a feminist's best friend. Now, I'm not arguing that horror movies are feminist. Oh, no. There is so much sexualized violence of women, punishing of sexually active women, and even my beloved Final Girl is only allowed to survive and win because she's masculinized. But I am saying there are things to love about horror movies.  I'm not about to argue any of the points, but let me tell you why I like horror movies. Horror movies, particularly slashers, are really similar to modern fairy tales.

Ew Laura, I can hear you saying. No. Let me explain. The horror movie and the fairy tale both often surround a young girl. The young girl is given a journey that leads to her defeating an often impossible to kill villain- a bad guy, an evil queen. She triumphs- usually. In the slasher genre, this girl is called the Final Girl, and I love her.

The Final Girl exists in so many movies. She is a girl, usually virginal and innocent, to whom some awful things happen. Murder, mayhem, torture, all around her! She is often masculinized through a few different ways: she's often given a unisex name (the queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie in Halloween, Syd in Scream, etc.), and her weapon at the end is usually a phallic symbol (a knife, usually). She goes through a transition of being vulnerable and frightened to victorious and resilient- usually while prettily splattered with blood.

It's no surprise I love her. She's weak and strong in equal measure. Although slightly masculinized, she is usually the lone survivor and the heroine. She exists mostly in slasher movies, but also in a lot of supernatural horror movies (which I think you could argue most slasher movies kind of are- seriously, who gets shot so many times and can still show up for a sequel?). I think that an adult version of her exists in the haunted house genre. Haunted house movies usually surround an innocent young mother, who wears dresses and tucks her children in at night, and whose husband is usually absent in some way.

Lately, horror movies have been subverting the Final Girl archetype. Sometimes she becomes the villain, sometimes she argues with her destiny, sometimes she shifts things. Movies that notably do this would be The Loved OnesCabin in the Woods, and Scream 4. Of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer can't be forgotten as a tv show based entirely on subverting this trope!

My dream for the Final Girl is for her to continue her journey. To stay the final survivor, the heroine, but to adapt slightly. I'd like to see a sexually liberated Final Girl, instead of a virginal one. I'd like to see one so ridiculously feminine, with dresses and a name like Bunny or Candy. I'd like to see some non-white Final Girls- I tried to think of some and came up empty. I'd like to see the opposite of a phallic weapon- which, by the way, would be a yonic weapon. Casie and I discussed yonic weapons, but it's hard to think of some!

What would your dream Final Girl be like? Do you like horror movies? What are your favorite ones?

Further your education!
♥ Watch my favorite slasher movie Scream streaming on Netflix- a movie that both embraces and subverts the Final Girl trope, as well as almost every single horror movie trope! It's a self-parodying horror movie, and it's awesome.
♥ Watch the twisted archetype in Cabin in the Woods and Scream 4 on Netflix. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Rochelle Ballantyne

Rochelle may just become the first African American female chessmaster, and she’s only eighteen. She was also the only girl featured in the documentary Brooklyn Castle, a movie about a chess team at an inner city school.  She’ll be going to college this year on a full scholarship to Stanford. Recently, she played a 20-board simul against DC students.

It's incredibly to recognize girls like Rochelle making names for themselves in chess, a game traditionally dominated by white males. She's still just a kid, and may completely disregard chess as she grows and changes. But her impact will remain, and other little girls will see Rochelle and will know they can win too.

Visit the Brooklyn Castle website
Watch Rochelle play chess with Mad Men star Jon Hamm
Read an interview with Rochelle in Seventeen magazine

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Links to Fight Monday's Evil

An amazing slam poem from girls discussing Halloween costumes. Fantastic piece of monstergirl thoughts. WARNING! There is some cursing in this video.

I'm a huge Addams Family fan. Wednesday is my costume this year! How about watching a webseries called Adult Wednesday Addams? Fabulous!

Do you love the classic Murder She Wrote? Do you love Octavia Spencer? Then you're in luck!

This is why you should love teenaged girls (link found via Danielle!)

A Charmed reboot? What do you think? I used to love Charmed as a kid, so I'm not too sure... but hey the more witches the better!

Take a look at this handmade replica of the book from Hocus Pocus!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fighting the Evils of: Shyness

I'm a shy girl. I've always been shy, and it's never been easy. I have anxiety as well, and that's only made it more difficult. But today I'm going to talk about shyness and some tips that have helped me. These won’t work for everyone, but here are some tips of mine.

1) Remember you’re worthwhile.
This is something really hard for me in particular. Many times when I meet new people, I think about how much cooler they are than me, how much more adult they are, how together they have it and why on Earth would they ever find what I have to say valuable?

Well, guess what. They should. Because I am worthwhile, my thoughts are valuable, and so are yours. So are everyone’s. It can be so hard to remember this. And you won’t hit it out of the park every time. I stress over every lame joke I made, every comment about Pokémon that fell flat, about every time someone spoke over me. But for every time this has happened to me, I gotta remember it’s happened to everyone else too.

I deserve to be heard, and so do you.

2) Reach out in ways that make you feel comfortable.

This will be different for everyone! I take little steps throughout my days. When I'm working at the library, if someone is checking out a book I liked or one that sounds interesting, I'll tell them. When I'm with new people for class or work, I try to connect with them on a level that I’m familiar with: usually books or media or, well, food.

This works on the Internet as well! (I'm even shy on the Internet.) When I'm reaching out to someone new for an interview for Girls Fighting Evil, I try to reach out to people who I think may connect with the series. Sometimes, I'll be a fan of someone's work, have to take a deep breath, and just ask! It can be really scary. But you know what? I’ve only been turned down a few times. (And that's okay- being interviewed for this series is NOT for everyone.) So many more people have agreed! Take a chance to connect with people on things you love. Not everyone will gel with you. That's part of life. But some people will. So many people will, more than you realize. 

People will tell you to get out of your comfort zone and that's true. We should always push ourselves to grow. But it doesn't have to mean jumping in to something that scares you. Little steps are okay. 

3) Take care of yourself.
If you're shy, you're quite often (but not always!) an introvert. An introvert means that you recharge from spending time alone. That's okay! Spend some time alone. It's good for you to spend some time doing the things you love: blogging, writing, drawing, reading, whatever. It'll make you happy, and that is absolutely the most important thing. 

Sometimes after spending a lot of time with new people or trying to put myself out there, I really need some time to just relax. I write, I blog, I craft, I read. I'm really busy in my little world alone! It's okay. It's good. Everyone's world works differently. 

Don’t overexert yourself in your quest to not be shy. Take small steps, reward yourself, and give yourself time to do whatever you love, where you feel comfortable. You deserve it!

♥ Meredith from One Sheepish Girl is the shy queen of blogging. Check out her Blogging for Confidence series.
♥ You know who always has good advice? Amy Poehler. (With bonus advice from genius Aubrey Plaza.)
♥ Here's a cute little booklet by Omocat with ways to overcome shyness.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Natasha Allegeri

In case you don't know, Natasha Allegeri is an animator, designer and writer for the best cartoon on television, Adventure Time. She's responsible for the genderbent designs of the main characters, which became so popular they spun off their own two episodes and a comic book series. Most recently, she created a short cartoon for YouTube called Bee and Puppycat. It's hysterical and sweet, and it currently has a Kickstarter to become a YouTube series! If you're able, please think about donating!

Natasha is an incredibly talented woman in a field dominated by men. Not only has she made a name for herself, but she's done it by making girls in the forefront. She's turned the main character of a successful show into a girl and made it incredibly popular. She made Bee and Puppycat into a Internet hit with a magical girl plotline. She's awesome.

♥ Visit Natasha's Tumblr
♥ Visit Natasha's Twitter
♥ See an interview with Natasha on Channel Frederator
♥ Watch Bee and Puppycat
♥ Fund the Kickstarter!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Links to Fight Monday's Evil

I'm a huge fan of Emily Martin's art. I have some of her postcards hanging in my room! This print breaks my heart in the best way. I have a Thing for Nessie.

♥ GOOD NEWS EVERYONE. Tina and Amy will be back to host the Golden Globes for the next TWO YEARS. It almost makes up for Family Guy hosting the Oscars. 

♥ And an animated teaser! How about a girl superhero called the Lady Bug? Take a look! 

♥ Do you love BBC America's Orphan Black as much as I do? Awesome, because they've announced a new sci fi show called Intruders!

♥  #justice4daisy Whatever you do this weekend, read this post.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Witch vs. Witch: Reviews of Witches of East End & American Horror Story: Coven

You know how much I love witches, right? Well there are TWO witch shows that had their premieres last week. Let's do a run down of each.

Witches of East End (Sundays, 10 pm, Lifetime)
Let's call a spade a spade. This is a Lifetime show. This is filled with melodrama: sex, lies, and witchcraft. But this is not a criticism! They do melodrama, they do it well, and there is nothing wrong with good old-fashioned melodrama.

The bare bones plotline is this: two young sisters discover they are witches after their witchy, immortal mother hid this from them. Their fun-loving, magic-wielding aunt comes to town to help out with a mysterious and evil force that is intent on destroying lives. There is a love triangle within the first few scenes of the show, sexy times all around, and fantastic stock characters: the wild magic-hungry aunt, the reasonable and loving mother, the love-obsessed beautiful youngest daughter, and the skeptical and sweet oldest daughter. 

The magic seems standard: turning into black cats, curses, immortality, speaking Latin (or pretend Latin, I wouldn't know), telekinesis in times of great anger or stress. The writing was perfectly fine for a Lifetime campfest, and the acting was fun. It's important to note the return of Madchen Amick as the wild witch sister, who of course was Shelley the waitress in the incomparably spooky Twin Peaks. 

Let's talk upsides! My favorite character is the oldest daughter, mostly because I see myself in her: she wears cardigans and works at a library, like me. I'm also really interested in the (admittedly cheesy) mythology of the show. The daughters are consistently reborn, and then killed a part of their mother's curse. There are hints and moments that make me thing the mythology could become very interesting and intriguing- but we'll see!

There are, of course, the downsides. The plotlines are familiar, there are moments so unbelievably cheesy that you can't help but groan aloud. Some of the characters seem downright unlikeable, some of the plot twists are visible from space. But I like all this in a show- the campiness works for me! However, if you prefer your show to be more realistic or of a higher quality, this might not be for you. I can't tell you there are moments that highlight a quick wit or a shocking insight.

Again, it is important to remember that this is a Lifetime show. The style is meant to be melodramatic, with campiness and sex thrown in for good measure. For a Lifetime show about witches, I'm really happy with it. I'm looking forward for my next venture into the cheesefest, but at the same time I hold NO high hopes for serious characterization or moments of brilliant writing. This is meant to be fun and silly, and it works. Magically.

American Horror Story: Coven (Wednesday, 10 pm, FX)
(As a warning- American Horror Story: Coven is extremely graphic and disturbing. There are instances of rape and gore. Tread carefully!)

I've got to be upfront with you. I'm not a huge fan of Ryan Murphey, the executive producer of AHS. I think he starts out with a really solid first half of a season of a show, and then totally loses control and it becomes really... bad! Let's not even talk about the mess Glee became. But it's a fresh slate, a new season, and all witches so I'll give it a chance.

 Here is the bare bones plotline: After turning sixteen, a young girl is sent to a boarding school for witches with three other girls: a girl with voodoo magic, a girl with Down's syndrome, and a spoiled starlet. The boarding school is run by a powerful witch and her even more powerful mother, who becomes obsessed with finding the key to eternal youth. She begins to look to the past to unlock this magic. Some of the characters in the show are based on real historical women! Very cool and very frightening. (Sometimes history is so much more evil than we can imagine.)

The magic is incredibly scary and dark in comparison to East End's exploding flowers and moving paintings. There is a lot of blood and sex and death, all mixed together with magic. The writing is frightening and the acting is incredible. With actresses like Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe and Jessica Lange, there is not a moment where you are not glued to them.

Let's talk upsides! The imagery is incredible. It's stunning- both beautiful and terrifying, with black clothes and flowing hair and a fantastic New Orleans setting. The set design is crazy amazing. The writing is tight, the directing is good. The acting is just so good I have to mention it twice.

There are, of course, downsides. This show is not for the faint of heart. There are several incredibly disturbing scenes, featuring rape and torture. I tend to think such graphic plot points are a bit lazy, often thrown in to get a reaction. There are aspects of the show that I simply do not like, but that is personal preference and would get slightly into spoiler territory. While it deals with issues in a way I do not like, I still enjoyed the feeling of the show!

Like Witches of East End, American Horror Story: Coven is a melodrama. While Witches of East End goes for campy and bright, Coven goes for dark and spooky. It's all a matter of preference! If you're looking to be scared and indulge in a revenge fantasy in New Orleans, AHS Coven is for you. If you're looking for light and slightly silly, Witches of East End is more your speed. Or you can be like me- and go for both types of witches! I will be watching both shows.

Watch each pilot and tell me what you think! Which do you prefer?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Malala Yousafzai

There is no way you haven't heard of Malala Yousafzai. She has made international news several times in her young life, most recently for being the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee ever. Malala is a young activist in Pakistan. When she was only 11 and 12, she wrote an anonymous blog about her views for education for girls. She was later filmed for a documentary on her life.

In October 2012, Malala was shot in the head on a bus ride to school in an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman. She survived and after a period of recovery, returned to her life of activism. She has recently released an autobiography.

Malala is an inspiration. She fights for education and girls' rights and so much more. She's an incredible young girl and there is really not enough words to describe how wonderful this young woman is. She is, after all, the bravest girl in the world.

Malala's incredible speech on the Daily Show (this moved me to tears! Left Jon Stewart totally speechless.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Links for Fighting Monday's Evil

Monday sneaks up on us like a prowling ghost, doesn't it? 

This chart helpfully lets you know what to do if you've been accused of witchcraft, according to the 1486 witch-hunting manual, the Malleus Maleficarum. So You've Been Accused of Witchcraft is a very helpful guide to all us secret witches.

Disney and Marvel have announced a contest for girls fourteen and up to meet female leaders in science. How cute and exciting is this?? Learn more here! 

There is an independent film trying to be made based on a Navajo folktale called the Hero Twins, in which a brother and sister fight monsters on the Rez. This is sort of exactly the type of thing I like, and Native American filmmakers are often overlooked and forgotten. Fairy tales from all cultures are important! If you're interested, take a look here and donate some money if you can!

Mmm! Fighting evil! Sailor Moon cookies!

My new favorite blog: Women Rock Science

Friday, October 11, 2013

Interview with a Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Jen at Achromatic Gold

Jen at Achromatic Gold explores make up in unique and beautiful ways. While giving you autumn make-up colors or suggestions, she also gives you looks inspired by mermaids and the galaxy, or a Halloween deer look! Not only that, but she's incredibly kind and wonderful. Her Tumblr is filled with beautiful images as well!

1. What does make up mean to you?
Makeup is, boiled down to the simplest of terms, art. The face is a canvas and with a little practice, you can transform yourself into anything you’d like. The “rules” that are sometimes presented are meant to be broken. If someone can use makeup to become a skull or a lion or a monster, you can do anything you want with it. But it’s more than that—it’s how a person can control how they look and that’s powerful.

2. On your beauty blog, you have looks inspired by mermaids and the galaxy. Why do you like to make looks for such themes?
I think it’s important to break out of the norm and draw inspiration from everything. It forces you to utilize that all-powerful talent of creativity because you can find a single picture that you’d like to use as inspiration, but how can you make it translate into a look? There are so many themes you can use that go unnoticed! It’s fun to emulate the immensely talented people in the beauty community, but it’s even more fun to come up with something original that you can claim as your own and therefore inspire others to do the same.

3. What makes you feel brave?
Taking the leap. This is something with which I struggle every single day because I have such a fear of failure, but I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that failure is something to experience. It doesn’t have to mean jumping off of a cliff with no end in sight; it might mean making a phone call you’ve been dreading or putting yourself out there, whatever that might mean to you, but I always feel better after I take a chance and succumb to sponteneity.

4. What are your top five beauty must haves?
Tough one! Definitely a good concealer, and I’m still collecting them until I find the perfect one myself. A brow pencil because sometimes just filling in your brows makes you look so much more put together without much effort. Black gel liner plus a brush because everyone loves a good winged eye. One bright eyeshadow in your favourite colour because if you’re limiting yourself to five products, you definitely need something fun! Aaaand probably a My Lips But Better shade of lip stain so it’s low-maintenance.

5. If you were trapped in a world where demons were attacking, what would be your weapon of choice?
Ideally, my words and some berry lipstick! I’m a writer on my better days and I’m always trying to improve, but I’d like to think that my words are sharp enough to slice up some demons, and a dark lip always boosts my confidence. (As it should! Readers, don’t be afraid to try something new!) But barring that, I think I could do battle with a bow and arrow. I’m the clumsiest person alive so up close and personal is definitely not an option, but the first time I tried archery, I managed to hit bullseye.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Outfit to Fight Evil In: Once Upon a Time

Last Sunday I wore an outfit inspired by Once Upon a Time, which premiered its third season on that day. Although the show has loads of problems, I can't help being excited every time it comes back. I love fairy tales and I love all of the retellings that are cropping up these days.

(Forgive my berry yarn box. I don't have a lot of storage place in my tiny apartment and I do most of my crafting in bed.)

To celebrate Once Upon a Time, I wore a Snow White inspired outfit. Apple print dress, black curls, and red lips. This dress is a little too short for me usually, I don't wear it very often and always with tights. But I couldn't resist the apple print! Like Snow, apples are my favorite fruit.

Fighting evil in this outfit: the apple print reminds you of where you've been, of the poisons you've spit out. The cardigan and tights keep you warm in the autumn, and the birds added the belt. You can never say no to the birds.

Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan and belt and tights: Target

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review: Girls Who Bite Back

Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks is an anthology edited by Emily Pohl-Weary, who also writes the introduction. The book is chock-full of essays, short stories, and artwork by a whole mess of talented contributors. The book highlights the importance of female heroes, and the problems with the media's portrayal of the ones we do have.

The part I liked best about this book were the essays. I learned a lot of new things about comic books that I didn't know before (I love comic books, but I learn about them very slowly!) and got to read from women who bonded with television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the same way I did. In fact, possibly my favorite article was Candra Gill's Cuz the Black Chick Always Gets It First: Dynamics of Race in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which acknowledged Buffy's importance and the show's flaws: most notably, the lack of racial diversity. Some

As with most anthologies, there were some weaker moments, leading to some moments I didn't particularly enjoy. A few of the essays sung the praises of the "tough girl" archetype and dismissing or insulting more feminine, quiet women in the media- which is something that super duper annoys me. It also seems a little dated. Although this is expected of a book dealing so much with pop culture (which of course always has a shelf life), it is a noticeable aspect of the book. Some of the contributions are stronger than others, and it leads to a bit of an uneven read.

If you love zine culture, riot grrrls, comic books, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this book is definitely an interesting read. It's filled with information and inspiring stories. Despite some weaker moments, this is a fun book is all about finding strength in female characters.

Buy the book from Amazon (super cheap used versions!)
Weary's new young adult book about a teen werewolf: Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

Monday, October 7, 2013

Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is probably my favorite contemporary poet. She writes beautiful poems about war, women, and a combination of the two. She has recently been named the first ever young poet laureate for London! She is a twenty four years old Kenyan-born Somali woman living in London.

You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.

I cannot recommend her poetry enough. I am inspired and awed and overwhelmed every time I read through her poetry book Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. Her command of language is exquisite. Each word is a declaration of war for herself, for women. Her poetry comes as a war cry, as a piece of a war-torn culture and as a piece of a modern woman. Reading her poetry gives me a feeling of power and strength that comes out so rarely. Read her poetry. Embrace your brave.

Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.

You can buy Warsan's poetry here.
You can follow Warsan on Tumblr here or on Twitter here.
Read an interview with Warsan.
Listen to Warsan's poetry here.

To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Links to Fight Monday's Evil

Let's face it. Monday is stressful. It's the beginning of a week, and it is so far from the weekend. Here are just a few weeks for you to prepare yourself for the whole rest of the week.

I've recently moved into a little apartment that I'm desperately trying to decorate. This is way out of my price range, but how FUN are these wall sticker paper dolls?

  Casie wrote three buzzfeed articles this week! We have 7 Reasons Why Helen Fielding Can't Kill of Mark Darcy6 Awesomely Spooky Book Covers Created by Guillermo Del Toro, and 15 Spooky Classics to Read this Fall.

  This ten-year-old girl used her birthday money to buy a police dog a bulletproof vest.

  Are you as big a fan of Guillermo del Toro as I am? Here's his take on the Simpsons' opening for the annual Treehouse of Horror special. It's chock full of horror references. See how many you can spot!

  Another ten-year-old girl created a new molecule in science class. Who knew?

  This seventeen year old girl with Down syndrome wanted to become a model. Wet Seal made it happen.

  Did you ever play Kingdom Hearts? It's a fantastic video game set in the Disney universe. If you have, you probably have seen the characters eating blue sea-salt ice cream. Here's a recipe for you to try!

  This week in my tumblr graphics series, we had Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service, cheerleaders, a girl and her dog, and an evil prom queen!

Have a wonderful week. Remember, sometimes fighting evil just means making it out of bed on Monday mornings!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Interview with a Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Albinwonderland

Angelina, or Albinwonderland, is a blogger, a vlogger, an artist, and an all around wonderful person. She's a feminist cosplayer, and speaks her mind about sexism in the geek community, girl hate, and more. She's incredibly kind and friendly, and insanely beautiful.

1) You do A LOT- youtube, art, cosplay, act! How do you manage your time? 
Poorly! I’m a passionate person so when I’m into something, I’m waist-deep. I go through spurts of delving myself into various hobbies, although with time I’d like to learn to spread myself and my time more evenly. 

2) What do you wish you could tell young girls? 
Stop apologizing. This is something I’m working on. I’m not sure if it’s societal or just how I was brought up but I catch myself constantly self-editing for the pleasure of others. We’re quiet to put others at ease, starting sentences with “I’m sorry to ask, but”, feeling badly to cause confrontation, even when the need for it is high and necessary for our own well-being.   

3) What makes you feel brave? 
Eating out at restaurants by myself. I used to have this thing where I felt like, I needed the company of others to enjoy things. Restaurants, movies, shopping. But you know what? It’s not so bad. It’s incredibly enjoyable even! Venturing out of my comfort zone makes me feel brave, even if it’s just in little increments.   

4) What advice would you give to a girl looking to express herself through fashion and hair, but feels shy? 
Fake it till you make it. You might be shy, but putting yourself in a mindset where you pretend like you can handle it enough, and eventually you’ll be able to. It can also help to imagine self-expression as armour. Put on whatever makes you feel strongest, and the world won’t be able to get past that protection.   

5) If you were in a world where demons were attacking, what would be your weapon of choice?
This is probably the easiest question for me to answer! Definitely a range-based weapon, like a bow and arrow, gun, sling shot or wand. I’m best placed a short distance from the direct action or fight, preferably a small height above, where I can call out directions, survey the area, and deal damage without major impact risk. I’m small, and fast, but not adept to one-on-one combat. Although I know I’d be great at shouting great one-liners! “Maybe you should have learned how to be a better demon, at demon school, which is for demons, you frick face!”  

If you're interested in learning more about Angelina (which you should be, she's awesome), check out her Tumblr and YouTube. She's a great role model and really a wonderful person.