Yay for this week’s awesome topic! It was a lot of fun to create this list and to consider why I like all these heroines so much. I think the main reason is that all of them forge their own path in life, one way or another, despite their circumstances.
Ten Favorite Heroines From Books
- Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Do I really need to explain this choice? Is there anyone out there who has NOT listed Hermione? Hermione has ingenuity, she’s loyal, courageous, and she knows exactly what she wants. She has a bit of trouble being flexible sometimes, but knows to give in when it matters. Being the main heroine of the most important books I read growing up, she was definitely a role model (even though I am very little like Hermione).
- Seraphina Dombegh from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I love love love Seraphina. She is so human, despite what she believes about herself. She’s intelligent and brave and has amazing musical talent. She cares about others and always tries to do the right thing, despite her own feelings. She’s a bit hard on herself sometimes, and I definitely recognise myself in her.
- Marguerite St. Just from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Marguerite is a clever, independent woman. She figures things out, and is then not afraid to act.
- Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou got dealt a rough card. But she copes, and she deals with what comes on her path (even if she has no choice sometimes). She’s brave and strong, and has awesome style to match!
- Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Zuzana looks cute but is so fierce. She’s really funny and kind, and I was so happy that Laini Taylor wrote a short story, Night of Cake & Puppets, dedicated to her and Mik.
- Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Beatrice (and Benedick) gave me such a laugh when I was reading this play! And my love for her only increased when I saw her acted by Catherine Tate (and David Tennant was Benedick, need I say more).
- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth is most of all relatable. I’m sure we’ve all had our prejudice at some point, and we’ve all had to learn the hard way to adapt our views… On top of that, she’s funny and kind of snarky, haha.
- Sophy from The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Sophy’s hilarious (but extremely headstrong).
- Cameron Post from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
I love how Cameron quite early on figures out who she is. She doesn’t doubt herself, even if she isn’t always surrounded by supportive people.
- Holly Sykes from The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Holly might not always make the best decisions (especially when she is young), but the decisions are her own. And Holly, an ordinary girl, turns out to be so much more than she ever could have thought.