Top Ten Picks is hosted by Jill of Random Ramblings. Jill posted her list of female favorites quite a while ago, but since I posted about the males a few weeks ago I thought it was time to give the women their own fair chance. My picks are in no particular order, with the exception of the top two, who are particularly dear to my heart.
10.) Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
All of the characters in this series go through a hardship of some sort at some point. It would be unrealistic if they didn't. I think Tibby is one of the first characters to endure this, and even though she's not the best with communication, I love how she ultimately deals with her pain. I think it's both healthy and inspirational.
9.) Astrid Llewelyn from Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
If I needed to kick unicorn butt, I'd call Astrid, if she was real. This girl is awesome on the battlefield. However, she's also really realistic because she's human. She thinks carefully about what she wants before flinging herself too passionately into one activity.
8.) Alanna from the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Another totally kick butt character. I don't think I could ever be as brave as Alanna is, but then again, last time I checked, it's not possible to get a master's degree in knighthood.
7.) Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
If I were thrown into the arena, I would probably run slowly, then cry, then get killed by another tribute or die a slow and painful death by dehydration. Thank goodness we don't live in Panem. I love Katniss because she stays strong even in the face of adversity, but I also love that she periodically admits to having a more emotional side.
6.) Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Mia will have most teenaged girls laughing out loud and those of us who are supposedly grown up laughing and reminiscent about the awkwardness of high school and puberty. However, this certainly isn't her only endearing quality. Mia's a vegetarian, along with supporting many other causes. I love a character who's passionate and will fight for what she believes in.
5.) Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I love a bookish, shy character, and I think that's how Hermione starts off the Harry Potter series. I also crack up at her tendency to correct others and argue with Harry and Ron.
4.) Mattie Gokey from A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Yet another bookish character. I think some authors tend to make such characters rather oblivious to their surroundings, and I think Mattie is the total opposite. She's actual aware of the world around her, considering her circumstance.
3.) Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda may also be bookish, but she manages to channel other powers. I don't want to ruin the story, but for those of you who've read the story, I will simply say that I attempted to channel such powers.
2.) Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Elinor is an easy character to feel sympathetic towards. If I had a sister like Marianne, I would be quick to go crazy, yet she often remains composed. I think she handles it all wonderfully.
1.) Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I can definitely see why some people might not be so found of Elizabeth Bennet, or rule my choice out as cliched. Or predictable, if you've read my blog. Elizabeth is opinionated, which is wonderful. What I love most about her is the fact that even though she has her opinion, she's willing to question them.
And those, ladies and gentlemen, are just a few of my favorite female characters. However, there are many other women and girls in literature that I admire. Now that I've told you about who I'm fond of, I'd love to hear what females you enjoy reading about.