Top Ten Literary Heroines11:00
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What would a book be like without a great hero to lead us through the story? The only thing that’s just as good as a great hero is a great heroine. There are some pretty amazing heroines hiding inside the pages of some of my favourite novels. Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday and sharing ten of my favourite literary heroines. Here we go!
Anne Elliot is what you might call an old fashioned heroine. She doesn’t go out and slay dragons or stand up against a massive evil. In fact, she’s quite a quiet character. But she also has the strength to deal with her selfish family, keep calm in the face of tragedy, sacrifice what she wants for the good of others, and fight for love. Out of all Jane Austen’s heroines, she might possibly be my favourite.
I Capture the Castle
The Raven Cycle
Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Isola has an amusing habit of introducing herself under various false names. One of her best friends also happens to be a ghost. And when everyone deserts her, she has the courage to stand up to the evil by herself and make things right with the world again. She’s a very interesting person to spend a book with, that’s for sure.
If there’s one thing Marissa Meyer is good at, it’s writing amazing female leads (though she’s rather exceptionally good at the rest of the writing business as well.). When it came to picking just one heroine from The Lunar Chronicles (because I totally couldn’t fill this post with all her characters), it was difficult to choose. Cress is special because she’s got such a different backstory. Most of her life she’s been shut away from the rest of the world in a little satellite. But when she’s freed, she’s strong enough and brave enough to enter the rest of the world and fight back against the person who kept her there in the first place. Plus she has lots of hair and habit of talking to herself.
I love Neryn for how insecure she is. She has a special gift, and is able to call upon the fairy folk for help. She is highly instrumental in the rebellion that plots to overthrow a tyrant king. And the whole time she’s not getting over-proud of her skills. She still gets doubts as to whether she can live up to the massive expectations. But she doesn’t let that doubt get in her way either.
Book of a Thousand Days
Book of a Thousand Days is another diary style book, written by a maid servant. Dashti is an interesting character to follow through all her trials and tribulations, such as getting bricked up in a tower, problems dealing with her mistress, and accidentally falling in love with the wrong person. But she has a great outlook on life despite everything. I’m not so sure I’d deal with being bricked up alive quite as well as she took it.
I have a very soft spot for thieves, and Kat Bishop embodies everything that I love in a thieving character. She’s smart, has an awesome family, a great sense of humour, and a romance with her boyfriend that adds to the plot rather than takes away from it. The books just sparkle with wit, jokes, and amazing heists that seem impossible, but make total sense at the same time.
Valkyrie Cain has it all, the fighting skills, awesome magic, a destiny, and the best friend/sidekick I’ve ever seen. It’s not everyone who has a walking, talking, fighting skeleton as a friend after all. Their friendship is filled with sarcasm, jokes, and very queer mannerisms. Not only that, but somehow Valkyrie has to deal with living a double life and missing out on a lot of time with her family. For a fighting heroine, she’s definitely my pick.
Tori Spring is funny, sarcastic and broken inside. But she’s got the strength to hide it so very few people can see, and manages to go through the book learning to accept who she is and deal with her problems privately rather than giving in to all the well-meaning friends who just want her to change. Her book is a romance, but because of her witty, slightly pessimistic view on life, it totally works for me.
And there you have it, ten of my favourite literary heroines. Now it’s your turn. Who are some of your favourite bookish heroines? Are you participating in Top Ten Tuesday? Leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit you!