5. Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene, Twilight)
I’ll admit to enjoying Alice. I think that’s just because I’ve had alt-canon for Alice since I made myself sit down and read Twilight back when, so much so that when my cousins asked me Team Edward or Team Jacob, I had a long-winded explanation that I called Team Jasper for their innocent minds but was really Team Jasper and Alice Befriend Spike And Dru And Have Wacky Morbid Adventures. That’s the life I want for Alice. I mean, I love her, because she’s the only one not mired in a compulsion to marry and procreate, and because she’s got that whole wacky seer thing going for her, but I’d want more for her. (Maybe I also like Alice ’cause Ashley Greene models for Stop Staring! That could be part of it.)
4. Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays, Glee)
In part because she gets, you know, three-or-less minutes of screen time per episode and that’s a shame, and in part because she really hasn’t gotten to do much this season but have crappy parents and be Will’s lady friend. I mean, I’m happy that so far they’re letting her be Will’s lady friend consistently and not trying to fudge it up with some stupid plot diversion, but. I think the only time I really like Will any more is when he’s with Emma, and even then sometimes I feel like he needs to just think before acting. He’s gotten better, I’ll allow. But still. I want a world where Emma gets to actually say more than a line or two per episode and not a line or two that’s directly encouraging or discouraging the actions of another character. I want those adorable cardigans-tea-and-neurosis parties with Bennett Halverson that I mentioned way back when. Or cardigans-tea-and-neurosis parties with anyone. I just want more people around Emma who really like Emma and understand Emma, I guess.
3. Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz, Glee)
Really, I had a hard time with narrowing it down to two Glee women, because I think that Quinn, Santana, and Brittany probably also deserve a world that’s better for them, but I love Tina and Emma the most sincerely, which we already know, so I’m sticking with them. I don’t know what I want for Tina, but I want something. I want her to get to be the star of her own life, with her awesome style; apparently, she’s really morbid (she’s claimed that she is) but we never really get to hear it because we rarely get to hear her say anything more significant than “yeah, that’s right!” or a synonym for that. I want her to get to live in a world where someone doesn’t make reference to her Asianness every day.
2. Knives Chau (Ellen Wong, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World)
I think Knives is adorable, I really do. Maybe she and Tina could go be stop-talking-about-my-Asianness buddies in some super-alt-canon. I also think that Knives would be way less crazy if she had a different life situation than she does: if her first boyfriend wasn’t quite so, you know, Scott-ish, I think she’d be less apt to go craycray on him. And she’s a total badass, I want her to get to go be a badass somewhere. She deserves that chance. And she somewhat gets to be awesomer by the end of the comics, but there just wasn’t the time in the film continuity, and I understand. So film!Knives, I want to magick up an alt-canon for.
1. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones)
I don’t know what fate has in store for her in the books — I’m still finishing the first one. But Sansa, I’ve always wanted to have a completely different life. I feel like all of the hate that she gets is because of her reactions to situations in her life, and her not knowing how the hell to handle them. And I think that if she had a different life, she’d learn how better to handle them, and there would be different situations altogether. I mean, she’s betrothed to the d-bag whose mother had her father killed, and society is consumed with getting her to be proper and ladylike, no wonder she can act like a twit. She doesn’t know better. Let’s take her to a completely different world, like, I don’t know, Hogwarts (Founders’ Era, to keep it period, or modern, to completely AU the hell out of it) or something else with magic and let that shape her instead. Yeah.
–your fangirl heroine.