28 December, 2017

Top 15 Inspiring & Kickass Heroines in Literature

I have a weakness for strong female characters... Whether they are the protagonist or playing a supporting role. I find that I enjoy books with strong female characters more than the others. Here's a list of inspiring and strong characters who I enjoyed reading about!

15. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis) 
Lucy Pevensie is an inspiration. She teaches us to keep an open mind and to love unconditionally. She is also wise beyond her years and really brave.

14. Lyanna Mormont (A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.Martin) 
Who am I kidding? I totally want to see her on the Iron Throne even though she has no direct claim to it. A ‘lady’ who speaks her mind and seeks counsel when needed, she is a total fire cracker.

13. Matilda (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Well, she is a girl who reads to solve her problems, what’s not to love about her? If for some reason that is not enough, she also taught herself telekinesis. You do not want to mess with her.

12. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.Martin)
Her journey to becoming a trained assassin has been a tough and arduous one. But she stuck it out, never losing sight of her goals.

11. Jo March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
I actually love and admire all the March sisters. But Jo stands out to me because despite her stubborn streak, she protects her family fiercely. There is almost nothing that she wouldn’t do for them.

10. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling)
She has been portrayed as this kind and compassionate motherly figure whose mission is to feed everyone around her. But imagine that compassionate woman having a husband and seven children embroiled heavily in the war against Voldemort. She is strong. And let’s not forget who took down Bellatrix Lestrange, ok?

9. Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Katniss Everdeen is a product of her circumstances. Having to shoulder the responsibility of her family from a young age had toughened her up. She won my heart the moment she volunteered for the hunger games to take her sister’s place.

8. Brienne of Tarth (A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.Martin)
Given the setting, Brienne of Tarth stands out because of her station as a warrior. Additionally, being tall and muscular, she has had a hard time from all quarters. I admire her strength of character.

7. Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.Martin)
Sansa had a very different journey from that of her sister; which I feel was harder in many counts. Yet she survived through it all and retained her core values.

6. Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson)
What I love the most about Lisbeth is that she ‘knows’ and is aware of herself so intimately, that she turns her flaws into her strength. She also is never afraid of taking charge.

5. Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
I doubt Kaz Brekker would have been as successful as quickly without Inej. She is both mentally and physically strong. She goes for what she wants and fiercely protects those she loves.

4. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling)
Beauty with Brains and Brawn! Harry and Ron would have died (or expelled) a million different times without her. Granted, she can be annoying miss-know-it-all, but then she does know it all, doesn’t she?

3. Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow by Margaret Stohl)
Thanks to Margaret Stohl, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a The Black Widow, can now be counted as a literary character. I have been a fan of The Black Widow for being one of the very few female ‘superhero’ in the comics universe. Trust me, she can do a lot more than what they have shown in the Avengers movie series.

2. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling)
Not that she needs a reason besides being a Ravenclaw and good with her wand to be on this list. But I find Luna to be a breath of fresh air in today’s world. She doesn’t care what the world thinks of her as long as she is being true to herself. And that is an important lesson for every girl (and even boys) in today’s world. She is kind, smart, intelligent, straightforward, observant, brave – all rolled in to one. We need more Luna Lovegoods in the real world.

1. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
An orphan who has been trained to become an assassin from the age of eight. She is the best at her job, and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. What I love the most about her is that even though she is larger than life in her assassin persona, she is just a normal girl on the inside. She gets scared – yet she trudges on to do the right thing.

What do you think? How many of these amazing women do you admire as well? And who would you put on this list that I missed?

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