Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish – the number of people who participate is simply crazy and I always find interesting lists there, so go check it out.
This week’s topic is favourite heroines, which is the reason I did a post on heroes a few weeks back when we had a freebie. This list was surprisingly hard to write. Sure, I have liked a bunch of heroines from books, but which ones really stayed with me?
These girls and women can kick some serious ass (both literally and figuratively speaking) and are a good reason to give any of these books a try.
- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Ok, she needs no introduction and was the most obvious choice for this list. She’s the smartest witch in the whole generation, a great friend, and a really brave kid who grows up into an amazing woman. I loved seeing this transformation.
- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Another obvious one. Lizzy is the ultimate romantic heroine. She’s smart, has a really strong backbone, and isn’t afraid to admit that she’s wrong. If anyone ever deserved Mr. Darcy, it’s her!
- Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It took me a while to fall in love with this series but fall in love I did. Celaena’s an assassin and could probably kill anyone with a cooked spaghetti.
- Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. Her name means “hope” in Chimaera and that’s exactly what she is. She’s compassionate, loyal, and brave. She also has blue hair and has an awesome mean streak.
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Again, a famous one. As much as I dislike girls and women sacrificing themselves all the time, Katniss actually has a chance of winning the games – and then proceeds to show everyone how badass she is. I wish the series ended differently, but that doesn’t diminish Katniss’s strength.
- Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I know, I know, most people would choose Arya instead of Sansa. But I like how the girl starts thinking with her own head, how she grows up quickly because she needs to, and how smart she gets once she realizes her full potential. I hope we’ll be seeing more of her soon. Also: Sophie Turner is *gorgeous*.
- Sabetha Belacoros from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I was SO RELIEVED that she’s wonderful after we’ve been mooning over her along with Locke for the duration of the first two books. She’s a first-class thief, incredibly intelligent, and has a really cool gift for mischief.
- Ronia from Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrind Lindgren. She’s a childhood favourite. She’s the essential tomboy, running free through the forest. She’s also the reason an ancient feud ends, which is really cool, because, you know, she’s only about 12 years old.
- Stephanie Plum from One for the Money (and all the sequels) by Janet Evanovich. First of all, that woman is hilarious. She’s clueless, a total chicken (which I definitely relate to), and confused about her role in life. But she faces the life head on, learns from her mistakes, and is great at making the bad guys pay (although that’s largely accidental).
- Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl. She’s the original bookworm. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and isn’t above using her abilities to scare the living daylights out of people. Roald Dahl is still one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see my kid discover his stories!
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Which literary ladies would you put on this list? Would you erase any of mine?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! :)
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