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.