Hanna Marin from Freeform’s television show “Pretty Little Liars” shows bravery in season 6A despite the oppressing power of her abductor. Starting in season 5B with the final episode “Welcome to the Dollhouse” Hanna and her friends were framed for murder by their abductor, A, and then while on their way to prison intercepted and kidnapped only to wake up in an underground bunker with exact replicas of each of their rooms down to every book on the shelf, doll, wallpaper, picture ect. At one point in season 6A the captor is making the girls recreate their high school prom. Hanna is known to have been a chunky child, even given the nickname “Hefty Hanna”. All the girls are assigned to be in charge of part of the set up, and Hanna reads her card “Food and beverage, Hanna Marin” when she looks into the camera and says, “Bite me”. Hanna has not let her past of being bullied allow herself to become weak and vulnerable. Even though she is in the situation she is, she refuses to let A have the last word.
At the end of the season, after tiring mental torture, the girls “escape” in their re-prom dresses and find themselves crawling out of a shack into the middle of the woods surrounded by an electric fence. Hanna, frustrated, looks directly into the camera where she knows their captor is watching and says, “You may be a dude, but you’re still a bitch”. All they know is their captors name is Charles, which is why she says he is a dude. This shows Hanna’s bravery because they are still trapped, and even after all the torture they’ve endured so far, she still lashes out, refusing to let their delusional captor think any of this is okay. They are not A’s dolls.
This by far was my favorite season yet, because the show took a horror-like spin. Being a teenage girl watching, it’s scary to see girls your age go through something like this where in real life you always think it wont happen to you. There are numerous movies where the sole plot is being abducted such as the Taken movies. In fact, if you follow this link to IMBD you can see a whole extensive list of kidnapping/hostage movies. We can look at the comedy show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” which takes a less serious look at the idea, focusing more on life after. These sorts of movies and shows are becoming increasingly popular, because unlike vampires and zombies, this is a lot more likely and can resonate fear better into the audience. Not to mention these types of movies have been around and successful for a while along with real life captive stories reminding us that this can happen to you. Such as the Somali Pirate hostages or woman and or children held hostage (sometimes without knowing it) for 2, 10, even 30 years. As a culture these incidents intrigue us for two reasons, one, we’d like to think we are too good for this to happen to us, that where we live is a nicer community, or that we could fight off a predator. The second reason is that the thought that it could happen, to us, or to our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren etc adds the sort of twisted excitement we like. Of course no one wants to be kidnapped or have someone they now kidnapped. But the thought that it could happens adds a little adrenaline to our lives.
Have you ever been home alone and heard a noise and even though you’re pretty positive it’s just your imagination, you all of a sudden feel this rush of energy and you sleuth through your house with a kitchen knife or baseball bat? Or perhaps you’re walking alone at night scared but as soon as you get into your car you get this rush of invincibility. One way or another you’ve had that feeling, where you did something that could have been dangerous, but you came out of it just fine, feeling stronger than ever. We like to think we could survive in harsher conditions. With an oppressing captor, probably sleeping on dirt, eating little to nothing, it’s also this idea that makes us as a society enjoy shows like “Naked and Afraid” and other survival shows involving average people like us. We want to think we can win, always, at everything. That’s where Hanna Marin gets her confidence, her sass. She isn’t afraid, because she thinks she can win.