Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Everyone is welcome to join in.

This week's top ten is:
What are your top ten favorite heroines?
or in my case, females in novels.

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) - I love how awesome she is at all times. Smart, sticks to her guns. Harry doesn't fully realize what a gem he has in Hermione.

2. Eowyn (Lord of the Rings) - She is completely kickass, cares enough about her country to not sit around and sew. She is the most awesome female character in the series.

3. Jo March (Little Women) - I loved her when I was little. I'd still love her now (except that she didn't love Laurie... but that is another rant I guess). I'd want her to be my friend.

4. Hyacinth Bridgerton (The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn) - The youngest of eight, she grew up (before our eyes) to be a pistol who says was she thinks and screw the consequences. She is also quite sarcastic and hilariously funny.

5. Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont (The Desperate Duchess Series by Eloisa James) - A month into her marriage she walks in on her husband cheating on her. After a morning peroid she pretty much said, screw him; I'm living my own life. We get to watch her grow and change as she fall back in love with her husband.

6. Dinah (The Red Tent) - She is portrayed very relatable. She love her mothers and want to keep the their traditions alive, despite even the men saying no.

7. Lyra (His Dark Materials) - One of the first series that I read with a female main character. She's got gumption and is not afraid to do what is necessary.

8. Annique Villiers (The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne) - She is a spy. Completely BA. She doesn't take any shenanigans and doesn't wait around for a man to save her.

9. Alexia Tarabotti (The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger) - She secretly works for the queen, deals with supernatural being and her immediate family, and carries around an umbrella that could take out any sort of creature imaginable.

10. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) - It sort of pains me to put her on this list because I don't really like her that much, but I can't deny that she is a tough cookie. I did like her in The Hunger Games, so 10 she is.

It's a sad state of affairs when I can only name so many women characters that I love without completely resorting to a list made up of romance novel heroines (which I also think would be a short list). Interesting.


  1. Eowyn and Jo March are both excellent choices (how did I not think of them?)!

  2. I think it is important that we steer girls to read books with strong, competent characters. I agree it was hard to think of as many females compared to male characters. Thank goodness to the recent influx of strong women heroines in recent YA lit.

  3. Most of the female characters I read about are weak, but trying to become strong. Perhaps it is my age.

    I'd love to see what you think of my list.


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