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Top Ten Tuesdays – Favourite Heroines From Books

toptentuesdayI may have neglected to do Friday reads AGAIN, but I haven’t forgotten TTT just yet. Time is a valuable commodity for us at the moment, and seems to be disappearing a little quickly before we leave, so I am making the most of my wifi-less lesson breaks to write this. I think I may have to cheat a little bit for the next couple of weeks and write the posts for the next couple of weeks and schedule them for the correct days!!

This weeks Top Ten is Favourite Heroines From Books. I really like this topic as a good strong Heroine, or woman in a book is often a great addition to the story. Limiting the list, of defining heroine is going to be the hardest thing I think!!

After approximately 6 minutes of deliberation, and a quick look at the last time this TTT was done, I have decided to go with my favourite female characters who are not evil. I know this is almost the same as a heroine, but I don’t think all of my characters could be described as such. Not because they don’t do great things or aren’t great people, but because the story often doesn’t feature heroic acts etc. They are just awesome women/girls in books basically! Enjoy:

  1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series J K Rowling): I don’t really think this choice needs much explanation, and I am fully expecting her to appear on most people’s lists. She is intelligent, pretty, kind, brave, and a witch. Guys want to show her off to their parents, and girls want to be her. On top if that, she is a decent role model and not just an brainless princess and blonde bimbo. BONUS: we gained all of Emma Watson’s glory as a by-product.
  2. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda Roald Dahl): She can move things. WITH HER MIND. What is not to love about that? Plus she had some evil parents and teachers and does some awesome things to them to get her own back. In addition, she overcomes adveristy, and finds solace in books! She is just awesome.
  3. Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee): She is just a girl growing up and finding herself in an unjust world; asking all the questions that adults can’t ask. But what we see through her eyes and mind is so eye-opening that I can’t help but rank her as one of my favourite literary characters ever.
  4. Arwen Undómiel (The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien): Arwen falls into the same category as Hermione, everyone wants to be her, or date her. She is clever, and beautiful, and an elf, and happens to be dating the (secret) King of Gondor who is devilishly good looking, but that doesn’t matter, because she is badass and awesome herself. Not only does she stand up for herself and what she thinks, but she is makes other people utilise her strengths and weaknesses (I mean, Aragorn is strong and awesome, but even he hands tasks off to his lady)
  5. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien): She hears of her friends and family dying and fighting battles for their legacy and freedom, and instead of warming the throne and listening to men, she takes it upon herself to ride with them and fight. Not only does she fight, but she is pretty damn important in the war too.
  6. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy Suzanne Collins): I find her lack of decision making quite irritating sometimes, and her ability to string people along, but there is no denying that she is fairly awesome, and undoubtedly the heroine of recent times. BONUS: J-Law and Josh Hutcherson Cuteness, and everything about Jennifer Lawrence.
  7. Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow (Marvel comics Stan Lee and Jack Kirby): As much as this is about the films as well as the graphic novels, she warrants a place here. She stands as a woman in the arena of male superheroes and is like: forget your suits, capes, hammers, shield, anger issues, spidey sense, super-strength, I’m so awesome that I just need myself. She is the most ‘ordinary’ in a group of superheroes, but to describe her as anything less than ‘extraordinary’ is a travesty.
  8. Nancy Drew (The Nancy Drew Mysteries Caroline Keene): I always wanted to be her when I was younger, and I don’t think there were many better literary role models for a young girl than a kind and intelligent teenager who holds down a full-time detective job, maintains good grades in school, has great friendships, is good with her family and has a lovely boyfriend. Sigh, I wish I was Nancy Drew.
  9. Lisbeth Salander (The Millennium Trilogy Steig Larsson) I’m not entirely sure that what she does is heroic, she has some of the dodgiest morals I’ve read about her. That said, she is just a brilliant character, and she definitely does things for the ‘right’ reasons, so that qualifies her into heroine(ish) status, right? Her moral code is her rule book, and she doesn’t bend to conform and is who she is.
  10. Rose Hathaway (The Vampire Academy Series Richelle Mead) The books may be fairly rubbish, but Rose stands as the only tolerable female figure. In a world of strength and fantasy, she stands her ground in a heroic manner.

Who are your favourite heroines, or female characters, in literature?

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