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Anniversary Week—Part II

Yesterday, December 17th, was the one-year anniversary when Jack Flacco: The Official Site went live. In celebration of this milestone, I will present the Top 5 Most Popular Women Who Wow Wednesday posts of 2013.

First, I would like to thank all the folks who took the opportunity to visit my site this year. I have to say, you’ve flattered me by all the attention you’ve shown me. If you’re interested to see how much attention this site received, check out this week’s Monday Mayhem post for the 2013 stats of views and visitors.

Moving along. When choosing the Top 5 Most Popular Women Who Wow Wednesday posts, I first wanted to present them based on amount of views. The more I thought of it though, more it didn’t make sense. For instance, a visitor may pop into the site and hit the same post several times within the day. I didn’t think it fair, considering there could have only been two visitors for that day and a hundred views.

Next, I thought I’d use comments as the benchmark. You know, the more comments a post has, the more popular it is. Again, I didn’t think it represented a good way to measure popularity given I can comment on my own post a dozen times and push it ahead on the popularity scale.

No, what I used is the number of “likes” a post has garnered throughout the year. It will not only present a fair representation of popularity for a post but also prevents users from gaming the system with multiple “likes”.

Okay, let’s get to list.

The Top 5 Most Popular Women Who Wow Wednesday posts of 2013:

  1. Hermione Granger
    Hermione Granger

    Hermione Granger“As the precocious, young witch in the magical world of Harry Potter, it doesn’t seem fitting to include Hermione Granger in my Women Who Wow Wednesday series. However, once we see what she accomplishes when she flees the troll in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we can safely cast aside all those biases…” ~70 likes

  2. Natalie Portman as Mathilda
    Natalie Portman as Mathilda

    Mathilda“Last week, for my Women Who Wow Wednesday series, I wrote about The Bride, Quentin Tarantino’s blitzkrieg. This week, I’m concentrating on Mathilda, Luc Besson’s hitgirl—raw steal for nerves and a tummy made of iron. When Natalie Hershlag auditioned for the part of Mathilda in the movie Léon: The Professional, everyone had fallen off their…” ~64 likes

  3. Underworld's Selene
    Underworld’s Selene

    Selene“What better way to kick off today’s Women Who Wow Wednesday post than with a kick ass, female Death Dealer. I like vampires. Well, I like vampire movies, not vampires per se. Otherwise that would make me weird. Then again, I do love zombies, so that makes me weird enough. But I like a good…” ~57 likes

  4. Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
    Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode

    Laurie Strode“For those unfamiliar with the Halloween franchise, one cannot say the name Laurie Strode without saying Michael Myers in the same breath. One, the protagonist. The other, über-antagonist. Women Who Wow Wednesday continues with horror’s scream queen Laurie Strode. When Jamie Lee Curtis accepted the role of Laurie Strode in the 1978 horror classic Halloween…” ~54 likes

  5. Princess Leia Organa
    Princess Leia Organa

    Princess Leia“Erupting from the screen for the very first time, Princess Leia Organa confronted the evil Darth Vader head on. With a determined resolve, she fights to the last until captured. Women Who Wow Wednesday wouldn’t be the same if I’d never written about the courageous Star Wars damsel. I love Princess Leia. She was one…” ~53 likes

Come back Friday when I reveal the Top 5 Most Popular Freedom Friday posts of 2013. Don’t miss it!

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Princess Leia

Erupting from the screen for the very first time, Princess Leia Organa confronted the evil Darth Vader head on. With a determined resolve, she fights to the last until captured. Women Who Wow Wednesday wouldn’t be the same if I’d never written about the courageous Star Wars damsel.

Princess Leia Organa
Princess Leia Organa

I love Princess Leia. She was one of my first boyhood infatuations growing up. I don’t think any of us guys sat still watching Return of the Jedi at the theater. Who other than Princess Leia could have slaughtered the vile Jabba the Hutt in their bikini? It was every teenage boy’s dream.

Born to Padmé Amidala at Polis Massa, twins Leia and Luke went their separate ways, not by choice, but from fear. Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda thought it would have been better to keep the children away from their father Anakin Skywalker. The torn Jedi Knight, corrupted by hatred, turned to the dark side of the force and became the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader of the newly-declared Galactic Empire.

Princess Leia
Princess Leia

When Darth Vader captures the beautiful princess on the ship Tantive IV, he has her tortured in an attempt to have her reveal the location of the secret technical plans of the empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star. The brave princess does not succumb to the Sith Lord’s interrogation methods. But when Grand Moff Tarkin, the Death Star’s commander, threatens to destroy her home planet Alderaan, she lies, still revealing nothing to the insidious members of the empire.

Remaining steadfast, Princess Leia shows little weakness other than her precipitous romance with gunslinger Han Solo. Even then, her emotional fortitude continues beyond the destruction of the Death Star. How does this princess of justice come to kill one of the most powerful Hutt gangsters in the galaxy?

On the planet Tatooine, the villainous Jabba the Hutt holds Leia’s Hans Solo captive in carbonite. In a strategic bid to rescue him, she poses as an Ubese bounty hunter named Boushh. Her offer: Chewbacca the wookiee for Hans Solo—while she holds a thermal detonator. Amused, Jabba let’s her stay the night as her guest. He later discovers Leia’s true identity and captures her, fits her with a chain around her neck and a metal bikini around her body. It isn’t until Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker rescues them that Princess Leia seizes the moment and strangles Jabba with the very chain he had bound her.

Unwavering in her beliefs, strong in her convictions, Princess Leia Organa stands against injustice against those who take it upon themselves to wish their will on others. She is a true Star Wars hero.

What do you like about Pricess Leia? Did you ever see Star Wars in the theater?