Women take charge on screen

By Pat Quinn

The anticipated second season of “Orange is the New Black” and books such as “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” show women are continuing to grow into more dominant roles in the entertainment industry.

“Orange is the New Black” sends a message that a cast can be mostly women and still be popular. And in June, it’s time to head back to Litchfield Penitentiary with Piper Chapman.

The first season was absolutely irresistible. This drama-comedy contains a wide spectrum of characters and meshes them together, and out comes this multicultural, unique group of women. Creator Jenji Kohan has outdone herself in giving her viewers a new look at prison life and a diverse sense of humor.

Another show that is female-driven is “Parks and Recreation.” Amy Poehler, the lead, is able to take charge and be practical. This Thursday marks the end of the sixth season with its satirical fashion of jokes.

These two shows are prime examples of how women have been able to push the envelope and develop quality content.

Film is also benefitting from the influential roles of women. Movies based on novels like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” have strong female characters doing extraordinary things, making them tragic heroes.

Filmmakers working with authors are revolutionizing the industry, putting a perspective change on film to make sure women are getting much-needed attention.

“Divergent” is still in theaters after an opening weekend of $56 million. That’s not as strong as “The Hunger Games” with its record-breaking $155 million, but it’s still decent for the first part of the series. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is in production and is planned to be released at the beginning of November.

The main character’s not necessarily a hero, but “Maleficent” takes an uncommon look at the tale of Sleeping Beauty and will be on screen at the end of May. The story is told from the perspective of the evil fairy Maleficent, played by one of the original female badasses of Hollywood, Angelina Jolie.

With so much going on behind and in front of the camera, film and television look promising in the hands of the genius that the creators, writers and actresses carry.