When I was a little girl, I LOVED She-Ra, Princess of Power. She was beautiful. Elegant. Her hair was the stuff of dreams. And her heels nearly kicked her butt when she ran.
I add the last part because for the longest time, as a little girl, I made myself run like her.
I honestly don’t remember much about the original 1985 She-Ra (above). The character, named Adora, is originally with the bad guys who raised her. She honestly believes her actions are for the good. Eventually, she defects to the good side, and finds out she can turn into She-Ra, a freaking legend who can lift grown men over her head.
She was flipping awesome. A heroine who was a trained soldier, but also feminine and empathetic. As Adora or She-Ra, she was a bad ass babe.
When I heard She-Ra was being remade by Netflix, I had a bit of a panic. I didn’t like how She-Ra looked in the posters. She seemed harder and meaner. She wore shorts under her skirt (why bother having a skirt? Just use pants?) I didn’t want my vague childhood memories to be ruined. I mean, I worked hard on that butt-kicking run.
She-Ra and The Princesses of Power
Being a fan of cartoons made for all ages (I highly recommend Avatar, and Trollhunters), I decided to give She-Ra a shot. I wasn’t expecting much. And planned on shutting it off after the first episode. So, do not take this lightly when I say:
Everyone should watch the new She-Ra.
The writing, wit, and humanity of this show is superb. Each character is complexly written. All types of body shapes and relationships are shown. More importantly, they are shown as normal. The show does not have a token anything, because everyone is their own being. Characters’ sexuality, race, body types, or whatever you want to examine are not used in a self-indulgent way to make the show seem inclusive. The show is inclusive. Because it treats all these things as normal, everyday occurrences.
Not to mention, the show is lovable, laugh out loud funny, complex, and I will protect the character Bow with all my heart.
Honestly, it would be a dream job to work with the writers of the show. They have taken my childhood, and made it more enjoyable and relevant as an adult in today’s world.
I do admit I am still not a fan of She-Ra’s look (again, the skirt shorts!), but that is childhood bias. However, when the character is herself as Adora, she is a bad ass babe whose look brings me back to my childhood.
If you are looking for strong complex female characters (there are so many!) and inspiration, I highly recommend giving the new She-Ra a go. I know that I will strive to make my characters as boss as all the princesses of power. As a fantasy romance author, this show is the stuff of dreams.
Have you watched the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power? What childhood show do you wish they would remake?
I would love to hear from you!