Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look back at a favorite summer movie series. Jurassic Park has been a favorite since its release in June of 1993, and its subsequent sequels have elicited roars of glee from fans up through Jurassic World. Who wouldn’t want to see a real live dinosaur?
Apparently, filmmakers think women, because there is a staggering lack of female characters in this testosterone-heavy series. This leaves our nine female characters (yep, just 15.5% of named JP characters are women) carrying a huge burden. How do you keep up with the men, much less surpass them, when the numbers are stacked against you? And when you’re wearing heels?! (OK, that was just Claire, but you get our point.) Of course another way to look at it is that the females vastly outnumber and outsmart the men, if you count all the dinosaurs. Heh heh.
The panel: Heather French, Dorin Schadel, Jennifer Wise.
Dorin, Jennifer, and Heather kick off the new SciFi4Chicks series, Women of Genre with a look at the nine women of the Jurassic Park franchise. What are their strengths and weaknesses? Their successes and failures? What of ourselves do we see in them? Do we want them to succeed, or would it be better if the dinosaurs win? Take a listen to this premiere episode, then share your thoughts with the Chicks.
Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you won’t miss a single episode of Women of Genre. We will be looking at female characters across the science fiction/fantasy spectrum from some of our favorite television shows, movies, books, and more. If you have suggestions, we’d love to hear. Maybe you could even join the discussion! Upcoming episodes include the women of Doctor Who and Grimm. And next week we have a special two-part episode on the women of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, just in time for the new season and the return of the SciFi4Me Marvel podcast, Level Eleventy-Seven. But first, take a trip back in time to the Women of Jurassic Park with SciFi4Chicks.