Kick Ass and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

I’ve been taking in a lot of crime thrillers lately.  First of all, I finished a British copy of Stieg Larsson’s third and final installment of the Lisbeth Salander series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.  And then I saw the film Kick Ass on Friday.  So what does a novel about political intrigue and a movie about not-so-super super heroes have in common?  They both were awesome and they both have chicks who kick ass.

From Lisbeth Salander, the ultimate female bad-ass, to Hit Girl, the bloodthirstiest 11 year old we’ve ever seen, both women show us that it’s not just the boys who can play rough.  In fact, in Hit Girl’s case, she’s better than the boys.   I’m not going to go on and on, but if you haven’t seen the writing on the wall, let me spell it out:  Action heroes are out, action heroines are in.  Stay tuned for Angelina Jolie’s Salt coming out this summer.  Originally written for Tom Cruise who dropped out because the role was too much like his Mission Impossible character, Jolie shows that lady spies are just as competent and stalwart as their male counterparts.  I for one, can’t wait to see it.

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