The Future of Female Roles in Blockbusters Given Some Hope by 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

It feels like Hollywood completely forgets about an entire gender when making major studio tentpoles. Or at least, forgets to make them feel like real and critical characters to the movies. Women characters are almost always either the object to be fought for, the arm-candy to be kissed after a long battle, or the loyal housewife waiting at home for the hero to return. There are exceptions, but it mostly feels like big budget pictures don't have a place for real and authentic female characters. This summer there has been a glimmer of hope. The picture that has provided the most is the animated family feature, How to Train Your Dragon 2. I analyze the strong female characters from the picture in my latest Collective Publishing article.