Top Ten Tuesday: You’re My Heroine


The topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books.

I can’t remember if I did this topic the last time it came around (I could, you know, check, but where’s the fun in that?). But as anyone should know, I love me some heroines. And this also gives me the perfect excuse to throw a girl power gifparty. Aww yeah.


This post is not a rant but WHATEVER I do what I want.


1. Katniss Everdeen- I wish I had Katniss when I was a kid. Everything about her character was just such a revelation to me. In so many ways she is a complete subversion of female character tropes and I just love her for that.


Aww Katniss it’s ok we still love you.


2. Lisbeth Salander- Everything about Lisbeth should feel exploitative and gross (I hate rape used as a plot device, men writing “badass females” is usually an AW HELL NO, etc.), but Lisbeth turned out to be one of my favorite characters in the history of ever. She digs herself out of her own grave for Christ’s sake. She is completely unapologetic, and completely herself, and that is empowering.


Insanely awesome.


3. Arya Stark- There are a lot of great ladies in Westeros. They come in all shades and sizes, from feminine to masculine, from smart to desperate, they are mothers and sisters and victims and queens and warriors. But I have to say, while in a lot of ways my true favorite is Brienne of Tarth, my heart was caught early and remains still with Arya Stark. She grows up a lot, from a snarky tomboy to a young woman skirting the edge of true power. I have a pet theory for how her arc will play out. If it actually happens (slim odds), I will die a happy woman.


I want to go on a crazy revenge quest and kill lots of people…


[I could do a whole long, rambling post about my ASoIaF endgame theories. Oh god. Now I want to.]

4. Linh Cinder- As with ASoIaF, there are a ton of great heroines in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Cress is adorable. Scarlet is fierce. But I have to go back to the very beginning and admit that my favorite is Cinder, who has gone through an enormous progression over the course of three books and faces a daunting future.


IDK. They’re in space?


5. Jane Vincent- The heroine of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories is notable to me for how realistic she is. She’s a regular, average woman who has some success with a particular skill, and finds her passion in life working on that skill. She’s not the best ever at what she does, but she works hard, and she is fierce in protecting what is important to her. She’s brave, but it’s the kind of bravery anyone could hope to emulate. I like that a lot.


Those people are lame.


6. Mercy Thompson- Mercy and I have had our ups and downs, but I keep reading about her, so something must be working. Gorgeous covers aside, I like that Mercy is pretty average and relatable (for a shapeshifting warrior, anyway).


Words to live by, Tina Belcher.


7. Oree Shoth- N.K. Jemisin is one of my favorite writers of the past few years. I love all of her characters, but when I really sat down to think about it, Oree Shoth, the heroine of The Broken Kingdoms, stands out as my favorite heroine. She’s blind, and something about that combined with her skewed world view really appealed to me. I can’t wait to do an Inheritance reread and see if she still stands out so much to me.


I….am really running low on relevant gifs. Oops.


8. Daine Sarrasri- Daine was “my” Tamora Pierce heroine. I adore Alanna, and Pierce has tons of other great heroines. But I read Daine’s books first and man, when you are 11/12, those things stick with you.


You know what the world really needs? Tamora Pierce series’ on film. Get on it, Hollywood.


9. Lady Kiera Darby- Add Kiera to Jane and Mercy in terms of “competence porn”. She has a thing that she does and she’s GOOD at that thing. (Jane has her glamour, Mercy has her mechanics, Kiera has her art and knowledge of anatomy). Lady Darby is one of the most empathetic characters I’ve run across recently. She’s smart, if rather impulsive, and a lot of fun to read about.


I am entranced by Lizzie’s eyebrows, ya’ll.


10. Lizzie Bennett- Lizzie Bennett is the most predictable part of this list. OF COURSE I love Lizzie Bennett. Score one for the bookish, surly girls who still end up with hot guys and their huge houses.

Sames, Peggy.

Sames, Peggy.

In sum:


You know it.


So! Heroines!Β That was fun. Who are your faves?



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10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: You’re My Heroine

  1. christine danielle

    Haha, loving the gifs on your list I adore the girl with the dragon tattoo too.MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

  2. Cinder!!! That was such a great book and Scarlet was also really bad ass.
    The Tina Belcher GIF made me laugh out loud at work. Oh I love her πŸ™‚

  3. I also love Lisbeth and Katniss, Mercy and Arya. And of course Miss Bennett and her lovely eyebrows!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • hlmorris85

      I saw that gif and it was just like…what is even happening here?
      Randomly, I wonder why no one’s tried to adapt Mercy Thompson for the screen. There’s tons of material there that would be great for something like SyFy.

  4. A great list filled with so many awesome women! I’ve seen Lisbeth on so many lists and it’s making me so sad that I forgot to include her on my list! I love Arya though and managed to remember her when I was making my list.
    Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

  5. I love that you have Katniss at the top of your list. I haven’t read all these other books but I do love a great heroine… I get sick of ‘boys saving the day’. I like Tris from divergent series too and can’t go past pippi longstocking! haha πŸ™‚

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