A friend recently showed her daughter the wonderful mock fairy tale "The Princess Bride," from 1987, and the little girl was horrified when the hero and heroine were attacked by a giant rat.
It's not that it was violent. It's that the princess didn't pick up a sword. What's the matter with her? Does she expect to be, like, RESCUED?
That moment always gets me too..for god's sake buttercup..do something! Though I love the Princess Bride :)
How about the female lead using her BRAIN instead of a sword to solve challenges? I'm finding all these "kick-ass" heroines a bit tiresome. Women don't have to be passive wimps, but is the only alternative to that a G.I. Jane in tights, so to speak? Just saying...