Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Female Characters

Posted December 25, 2012 by Stormy in Books / 26 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday is spent with family, a good book, and a cup of hot chocolate(unless you live in Texas, like me, where it’s still hot outside. We’ll have snow cones instead). I’m celebrating with my family today, but thanks to the wonderful publish-later feature on WordPress, I decided I still wanted to participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. Since it’s Christmas, today’s a freebie day, so I decided to do my top 10 female characters in literature.


1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

I know this is such a stereotypical pick, but let’s face it: Hermione is awesome! She starts off intelligent but incredibly awkward, and grows into a character all her own. She’s loyal, smart, and strong. If I could pick one person on this list of fictional characters to have for a best friend, it would be Hermione.


2. Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games

Poor Katniss. Out of all the female main characters in books I’ve read, I think Katniss may just have it the worst. Even though I find Katniss incredibly unlikable at times, in my heart I will always be sympathic towards her. If you summed up Katniss in one word, it would be “Survivor”. In her ideal life, Katniss would spend all her time in the woods, but just because everything’s rigged against her, she’s going to keep fighting anyway.

3. Tris/Beatrice Prior from Divergent

Tris is awesome. She’s reckless and quite good with the snark. She cares about people, but not in a selfless enough way to be Abnegation. She’s brave and reckless, but not calloused. She can be logical, but she normally lets emotions control her. She has her fears, but she (typically) knows how to face them.

4. Elsha from Winter of Fire

Winter of Fire is a YA book by Sherryl Jordan that’s out of print, and I think that might be the worst thing that’s even happened in YA literature. It is possibly my favorite book ever(I have a whole post on it planned in the future, because the world needs to know about this amazing book), and Elsha is an amazing heroine. This book is all about class and sexism, and Elsha is amazing because she defies everything she’s “supposed” to be. One of the strongest female characters ever written.


5. Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia

Oh, dear Lucy. I think a lot of people wouldn’t think of Lucy as a strong character in the traditional sense, but she keeps going on faith and she’ll stand up for what’s right, even when no one else believes her. She’s kind, but she’ll stand her ground when needed.

6. Jane Drew from The Dark is Rising series

All right, to be completely honest, it’s been way too long since I read this series to really talk about Jane’s character. I do, however, remember that Jane was my favorite Drew, and that I loved reading about her. I’ve managed to replace two of the books in this series, so I look forward to rediscovering Jane Drew.

7. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre

I feel like this when talking about good female characters from books written in the 1700-1800s, Elizabeth Bennett is always placed on this list in front of Jane(no wonder I like the name Jane so much!). As much as I love Elizabeth, Jane deserves some love too. I haven’t even finished the book yet, but so far Jane has definitely earned her place on this list.

8. Jill Pole from The Chronicles of Narnia

When we meet Jill Pole in the Silver Chair, she’s crying behind the gym, is full of pride, and is too stubborn to admit she might be wrong. By the end of her time in the series, she’s picked up skills, learned how to relate to others, and even found a best friend in the person who was once the most unlikable character in the series. Out of all the female characters in the Narnia books, I think Jill’s character development is the most complete.


9. Ella from Ella Enchanted

If you’ve never read Ella Enchanted, I highly recommend it. It’s a great take on the Cinderella story(but whatever you do, please don’t watch the movie!). Ella is smart, funny, and witty, and one of the things I love about the book is the romance never feels forced. Ella likes Char because they genuinely relate to each other, not because he’s there. She’s not afraid to question authority when needed or dig her heels in, but she’s delightful all the same.

10. Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time

If the only book by Madeleine L’Engle you’ve ever read is A Wrinkle in Time, then you probably remember Charles Wallace, Meg’s little brother, much better than Meg herself. Luckily, Meg comes into her own later in life, and I love her. She’s not perfect. In fact, at times, she’s a very messy character. But she’s brave and she loves her family, which gives her an A in my book.


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26 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Female Characters

  1. I love Top Ten female characters list. Strong female characters, especially strong female protagonists, seem to be so scarce in literature these days that when I encounter one, I have to read that book.

    I totally agree – Hermione is freaking awesome. I would love to have her as a best mate as well. Katniss is one of my favorites as well. I don’t think I could handle half as much as she went through. Same with Ella from Ella Enchanted, actually. (It would suck to have to obey every command someone ever uttered to you, and then her quest for ending that curse was equally difficult.) I haven’t read a lot of the other books, but I’m curious about those female characters. They sound pretty awesome.

    Great list!

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  3. siriusyareader

    Oh my gosh! I love so many of these characters. Hermione! LUcy! Katniss! And Ella (She is so awesome :P) They’re all so great. Thanks for the post 🙂

  4. Quinn

    Hermione, Hermione, Hermione! She would be on everyone’s list because she is that awesome!

    I love Ella Enchanted. It was the first fairytale retelling I ever read. The movie was definitely disappointing (although I like the scene where Anne Hathaway sings Somebody to Love 🙂 ). I didn’t like the whole evil uncle thing. And the snake! Ridiculous.

    • Hermione is beyond awesome. Ella Enchanted is wonderful, but the movie. . . yeah. I hated the evil uncle thing! That is a plot that’s really been done too many times. I do, however, like the soundtrack!

  5. Excellent list of females. And yes, you were a little to quick on the draw with the weather statement – those of us in North Texas were fortunate to have an actual White Christmas! I hear that it didn’t travel much south of us, but I am sure there was cold. Thanks for the list! Top 10 Christmas Shows

    • I’ve gotten one white Christmas Eve in my life, so I guess I’ll settle for that & just be happy that my northern Texas friends got snow. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love your list! There are so many great ladies on it. I love that Meg is on it. She always seems to be overlooked on people’s lists.

    • Thanks! I know, Meg seems so under-appreciated. She can be frustrating at times, but she grows a lot as a character and I’ve always felt like I could relate to her.

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