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Ten Five Favorite Heroines from Books
I’m narrowing this down to top five because I think I’m getting pickier with my love of strong female characters in that I really want to see a character development arc. I don’t just want them to be strong through and through. That being said, these are my top five.
1. Celaena Sardothein: the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Celaena is so badass yet she we continue to learn more and more about her. In the beginning she was the only female in a sea of male competitors to be Champion and we saw plenty of weak spots there. And again when she finds her true nature and her magical gift blossoms. Though she has two (maybe three?) men she may or may not have deeper feelings for, I also really love how she doesn’t concentrate on the romance. She knows there’s more to her life than that and WOW IS THAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.
2. Hermione Granger: the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Among the blogs I follow both on bloglovin’ and tumblr, Hermione is almost always a given when it comes to female characters. To me, she is particularly well-rounded: brains, a bright personality, and cute looks underneath her big front teeth and frizzy hair. And she is a fierce, fierce friend. If I could have a posse of literary characters, Hermione would be the first on my list!
3. Lisbeth Salander: the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. With a horrid past and (quite often) present, Lisbeth is a fighter. She is a character to look up to in the case of overcoming obstacles, though she does use methods of which I do not approve on principle. It’s more of her pure survival instinct that I admire and I don’t think that trait is very common in heroines. Sure, everyone wants to survive, but so many heroines are not concerned with doing absolutely anything — including murder — to survive or get to the bottom of a dirty, ages-old mystery.
4. Scarlet: the Scarlet series by A. C. Gaughen. The historical Robin Hood story with this (almost) gender-bending twist had me drooling after Scarlet in both of the books. She has very strong morals and is also majorly loyal to her friends.
5. Mackenzie Bishop: the Archived series by Victoria Schwab. After arguing with her parents about what kind of future she wants, she goes against their wishes and chooses the path she thinks best for herself. In this case following in the footsteps of her grandfather — it’s independence that I see, not the parental disregard. Considering the help and training her grandfather ave her before he passed, she’s more than just capable at following his path as a Keeper.
While there are plenty more female heroines from books that make my favorites list in some manner, these are the ones that I love all-round. Read: ones that I root for in more than one capacity.