Today we're talking about our favourite fictional heroines, and sweet baby Jesus, this list could have been about 15 pages long given the chance. But I've managed to limit myself to ten.
I think there's a tendency when the word "heroine" crops up to think of female characters who kick ass. The ones from fantasy books who wield swords and have magical powers and whatnot. But that's not necessarily what makes a heroine. According to Google, the dictionary definition is "a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities". This list is going to be a mix of the two.
1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling)
There are literally no words for how much I love Hermione Granger. Sure, she's a pretty flawed character at times, but that's part of what makes her so damned fabulous. And she's 100% a heroine. Who else would set a teacher on fire at the age of eleven and create an entire social justice movement at the age of 14??
2. Celaena Sardothian (Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas)
The Queen of Badassery and Awesomeness. She's had so much character development over the course of the first three books, and I can't WAIT to see where her story goes in the remaining books.
3. Fair Finley (Wilfair series, Alysia Gray Painter)
Oh, my dear sweet Fair. She grows up so much and undergoes such an astonishingly fabulous amount of character development over the course of the four books, and it's absolutely magical.
4. Anne Elliot (Persuasion, Jane Austen)
Anne's the dark horse of Austen heroines. She's quiet and tends to just sit back and do what her family demands of her. But that doesn't mean she's willing to give up her chance at happiness.
5. Rachel Watts (Every trilogy, Ellie Marney)
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel. I just want to squish you. Sure, sometimes she make really terrible decisions about when to make out with her boyfriend, but whatever. She's been through a lot in the course of the first two books (Every Move is due to arrive on my Kindle tomorrow and I AM DYING TO READ IT), and yet she never gives up, she stops fighting for herself and for Mycroft.
6. Verity (Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein)
There's not much I can say about Code Name Verity without ruining the story. Just know that Verity is one HELL of a heroine. Her bravery is astonishing, and her story gives me all the feels.
7. Alexia Tarabotti (The Parasol Protectorate series, Gail Carriger)
Alexia has no time for anybody's nonsense. She's sassy and eyerolls her way through being kidnapped. She uses her powers to her advantage and fights hard for what she cares about. You know, while openly judging her best friend for her terrible taste in hats.
8. Ellie Linton (Tomorrow series, John Marsden)
I've said several times recently that Rachel Watts reminds me a lot of Ellie Linton. They're both Aussie country girls who don't give up when things get tough. Ellie's been one of my favourite heroines since 1995, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
9. Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels series, Ilona Andrews)
Kate is queen of the badasses. She's pretty fearless, and she fights with a sabre that eats undead flesh. She'd fight to the death for those she loves, and she's fabulously sassy.
10. Tiffany Aching (Tiffany Aching series, Terry Pratchett)
Tiffany is probably that kid that teachers hate, because she never stops questioning things. She's a pretty flawed character at times - she complains about the standard tasks that come with being a witch, she jumps into things without thinking, and she a typical teenage girl in a lot of ways. But she also never gives up to protect her community, even when it means putting her own life in danger.
Who's on your list?