Top ten strong female characters

I spotted this image doing the rounds on Facebook and I had to share it on here. I have realised that I write strong female characters, not necessarily consciously but they just take shape in my brain naturally. And I love to read about strong female characters and watch them. They draw me in, they inspire me and I love to be part of their journeys. I think we need more of them in the world!

Here are my favourite strong female literary  characters:

1. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice – Lizzie is one of my all time favourites characters – witty and independent, she has a feisty side but is a true romantic. Plus she makes Mr Darcy into the man we all love.

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter – Hermione is super smart, she knows her own mind and speaks it. She helps Harry on his journey and is loyal to him through the tough times plus she likes house elves. And the scene where she slaps Draco in the third film earned her a cheer from me!

3. Margaret Hale from North and South – Margaret is forced to leave her comfortable home and move to the industrial North where she steps out of their previously sheltered life to aid workers and stand up to mill owner Mr Thornton. She ends up rich and helping others and her honest and brave personality brings her true love in the end.

4. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre – Jane has a tough life all through the book from her hideous childhood to falling in love with the wrong man but she stays true to her beliefs and does the right thing even though it breaks her heart.

5. Jo March from Little Women – Jo does things her own way – a tomboy and a wannabe writer she adores her family and grows from begin hot tempered and impulsive to being more thoughtful in the end. She also falls in love on her own terms.

6. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy – Rose is a vampire guardian – she’s tough and strong and can kick ass. She is impulsive but fiercely loyal to her best friend and fights until the end for her soul mate.

7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games – Katniss is the queen of survival – she looked after her family when her mum couldn’t cope and is a true fighter. When she enters the reality TV show where the winner is the last one standing, she shows true character and you can’t help but root for her all the way.

8.  Anne from Anne of Green Gables – I haven’t read this one since I was a child but I was struck then by bright imaginative Anne who is an orphan sent by mistake to a family who wanted a boy. She wins them over though in the end and is loyal to her family even though she has to give up her dreams.

9. Aibileen Clark from The Help – Aibileen is a black maid living in Mississippi in the 1960’s – she helps writes a book about what it’s like being a maid at this time even though she knows there will be dangerous consequences. Supportive of her friends both black and white, kind and loving to the white children she looks after and quietly heroic facing racism every day, I admired her at every turn.

10. Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern vampire Mysteries – Sooke is a telepathic waitress who falls into the supernatural world thanks to her talents. She’s tough, honest and ballsy, making friends and enemies equally. She had a tough childhood and gets beaten up a lot but her fiestyness gets her through. Takes a lot to run with vampires and stay sassy while you do it. You can’t help but warm to her.

Who are your favourite female characters?

Victoria

xoxo

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26 thoughts on “Top ten strong female characters

  1. I’ll have to think about this some more. I haven’t read all of these, but my list matches yours in many ways. I go back to Anne of Green Gables whenever I need a little comfort and belief in dreams. I will stop reading a book (or at least never return) if the female is a whining simpering woman who cannot survive without the love of a man. Not that I am against characters finding love, but love on equal terms not love because it is their only goal in life. I think that is why I also read a lot of historical fiction, because I can find female characters that are usually strong despite the restrictions of their time periods. Great post, Vicky.

    • I think you’re right – you want them to find love on their own terms and be happy and strong in themselves first. That’s why I love P & P so much – she seems so strong for her time!Thanks Lisa 🙂

  2. I love Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. 🙂

    Also agree with just about every single female on your list! The ones I can’t agree on are the ones whose stories I haven’t read yet!

  3. I love, love, love Anne from Anne of Green Gables!!!! And Jo March will forever be my #1 literary heroine – between the book, movies and musical, I am so inspired by her need/want to write, her independence and her determination. But, I adore how she always had strong roots and relationships with her family members.

    As much as I despise reading the Wicked series, Elphaba is one of my favorite female characters (this is mostly b/c of the musical, though, to be honest… but she’s rooted in literature, so that kind of still counts).

    Loved, loved, loved this post 🙂 I must add Jane Eyre to my ever-expanding list of books to read.

  4. Great list and I love the additions in the comments, too. Here are a few from my recent YA and MG reads. Ari Selkirk in Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton is totally kick-ass. Gemma Doyle from Libba Bray’s trilogy is a strong female despite her Victorian upbringing. Billi SanGreal in Sarwat Chadda’s Devil’s Kiss. Stephanie from Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant. Mibs from Ingrid Law’s Savvy. I could go on and on… Enjoy!

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