One of my most favourite things of reading is to follow well written heroines. Nothing makes me feel more proud and more courageous about being a woman than reading about these women in novels that capable, vulnerable, passionate, understanding, and most importantly, human. I'm really happy to have this as today's topic and how I can share about my favourite female characters!
Here's my Top Ten Favourite Heroines
Never before have I felt so closely connected in a twin-like way to a character. Cath suffers from anxiety, is shy, and unlike her twin Wren, she is dorky. She writes fan fiction! FAN FICTION! What other protagonist does that amazingness?
Cath struggles a lot throughout Fangirl, whether it is with her friends and her roommates, or dealing with how her sister has started to pull away from her. In a book that is written very much about real life and real situations, Cath grew to become this real character for me, someone who I can imagine would be my friend and we'd struggle together - but through all of her struggles, she still pushed through and she gave me hope that I can do the same.
The book is my literal favourite, and it hurt me so much when I read it. So many tears, so many. Liesel is someone who I think of as a really well rounded character who goes through a heck lot. She is sweet, she is loyal, and she goes through something that I won't come anywhere close to (hopefully) and you get to be like a fly on the wall through her journey and to see if she can make it. When she hurts, it feels like my little sister is being hurt, and I hurt.
Hermione Granger. Gosh, after just having finished The Deathly Hallows, I have so much more respect for Hermione. It's been said by so many of the fans of the series that, without Hermione, Harry Potter would have taken a very large and long detour. Hermione is this complex character that multi-layered, and I find myself absolutely adoring her (Although sometimes I just wanted to whisper alongside with Harry and Ron, 'Shut up Hermione...gosh'
But you have that with every single character in the series at least once.
I guess you could say...
'I'm falling in like-like
With Hermione Granger'
'Why is Katniss on this list?' You might ask if you've ever heard me complain so much about her. Yes, Katniss does go on long tangents (Chapters long...) about makeup, or the boy that she claims not to love until like the last book (Which was weird and confusing and a dark time that I don't like to mention because I was weird and confused while reading it) but there's this undeniable fact that Katniss is an astoundingly well written character. She has her moments of quick-decision moments where she will shoot another Tribute in the Hunger Games, another kid just like herself, to protect herself. But she also her moments of true sorrow and despair, where she just doesn't want to be the Mockingjay and the leader of the rebellion. Even though I will complain about her, this doesn't take away the fact that Katniss is one of the few heroines that girls can look at and think, 'Wow, she can protect herself and others around her, but also rely on others for help when she needs it. She can be badass, feminine, whatever she wants to be - So can I!'
I love Lizzie for the fact that she is so different in that time period. Every woman was thinking about marriage, for that was a woman's responsibility back then. If you couldn't find a husband rich enough, it was guaranteed that you would not live a comfortable life, so it was of great importance to court as much as you could with what limited ways there were. Lizzie breaks that mold, just like the heroines of our day who break the mold that women characters need to be placed or written for a greater purpose or to make a statement - Lizzie pushes the pressures of the social norms at that time, but besides that she is a character who just wants to live her life, to write, to be free.
UGH I LOVE ELEANOR. LOVE HER LIKE PARK LOVES HER. She is such a raw character that stays true to herself. Rainbow Rowell did such a wonderful thing in the fact that she went against the tropes, the characters that we are used to and have come to accept as the 'norm' or how every book should be, and she went and wrote whatever the heck she wanted. She didn't write what is popular, she didn't write what everybody was expecting or wanting, and that's how we get Eleanor.
Eleanor is loud, big, and she doesn't do things subtle or constricted. And that's why I absolutely adore her.
Hazel is another 'norm' breaker. Before Hazel, I had never read a book about a Heroine OR Protagonist who has been ill, physically disabled, or one with health issues. But her sickness wasn't what she was, or who she was, it was just a large, killing, part of her. Her story lies within her tale to share of her experiences, of her pains, and of her courage that she has going through them all, and she does this all with a sassy attitude and a pessimistic optimism.
Judith is such a wonder. After The Fault In Our Stars, to read more Protagonists who are disabled in some way. Judith, in All The Truth That's In Me, is kidnapped and her tongue cut out. After she escapes back to her Village to be treated differently and outcasted by her speakless tongue, I really fell in love with Judith like a best friend. She is someone who I wish I could be during my trials - Humble, Meek, and willing to change and learn. She never complains, but is grateful for what she does have and where she is now. She is such a wonderful Heroine who taught me a lot about how you are when times demand you to change.
Ginny Weasley is not exactly who I'd pick first, but surprisingly...I had a real trouble finding 10 heroines that I really loved. But when I thought about it, Ginny from THE BOOKS - NOT THE MOVIE - is absolutely astounding. She could totally take out Harry Potter, the Chosen One, if she wanted to - but instead, she married the heck out of him. He is so lucky to get Ginny's affection in return!
Not only that, but went on to dominate in Quidditch!
I'm not sure many people know her, but after watching her in the BBC version with Richard Armitage, I was all literally heart eyes about her. She does this amazing magic of being this soft and nurturing character, but when it come to cracking down she will do it without hesitating. I love all the classical women, because there's a fire in them at a time when it was not appropriate to do so for women, but they say 'STUFF YOUR RULES AND TAKE THESE NEW RULES!' and if they don't like it, well, boo-hoo!
'Til next Tuesday!