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