Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

Today is Top Ten Tuesday Freebie so I'm posting about my Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines.  This was last week's Top Ten Tuesday topic, but I didn't get to it since I was posting about great books for Halloween.  I do, however, love strong female characters, so I couldn't resist the urge to tell you about some of my favorites.

1.) Mia Thermopolis

We all know that I love Meg Cabot and that my love of her began with The Princess Diaries books when I was in middle school.  I've always adored Mia.  While literally kicking butts isn't really acceptable behavior for royalty, Mia often has to stand up not only for her own beliefs, but to her grandmother, who has extreme ideas about how Mia should conduct herself.

2.) Evie 

Evie is a female character who's not afraid to show her girly side with her hot pink taser.  While I've only read Paranormalcy, I loved what I saw of her in that.  She's a powerful chick who made me laugh.  I can't wait to read more about her in Supernaturally and Endlessly.

3.) Katniss Everdeen


Readers see a very different side of Katniss in Mockingjay than in the first two books, but I think that's understandable given everything she goes through.  I don't want to ruin anything for those who haven't read this series (and if not--why?), but I'll just say that Katniss is an amazing character in essentially every way possible.

4.) Ella

I admit, I'm due for a re-read of Ella Enchanted, as I think the last time I picked it up, I was in middle school.  Ella was given the so-called gift of obedience as a baby, and henceforth has grown up to be rebellious and intelligent.  When you figure out how she deals with all of this, you'll be just as impressed by Ella's story as I was.

5.) Astrid

Um, hello, girl fights killer unicorns.  How was she not going to end up on this list?  Plus, Peterfreund puts her in some fascinating situations.  If you haven't read Rampant or Ascendant, go do that now.

6.) Any Tamora Pierce character


Alanna, Daine, Keladry, Tris, Sandy, Daja--honestly, how can you not love the characters that Pierce writes?  These were some of my favorite books growing up, and I strongly recommend them for any young women in your life.

7.) Briony

Briony is an unusual choice, and not one I saw pop up on a lot of other lists.  Her voice takes a lot of getting used to, but once I adjusted, I fell in love with Billingsley's lyrical writing.  While Briony does some amazing things, she also spends a lot of time combating her own guilt and insecurities, which I think is no easy task.

8.) Katarina Bishop


Fun fact: I will never have the awesome skills that Kat has.  Girl knows how to pull off a heist.  Heist Society is a super fun book, and you need to pick it up if you haven't already.

9.) Taylor Markham


Taylor is another less than obvious choice. Guys, this girl goes through a lot of rough stuff.  However, she's a loyal and protective girl, and I think she pulls through it amazingly well.

10.) Elizabeth Bennet


Elizabeth Bennet may not wield a sword or lead heists, but she belongs here.  Elizabeth can hold her own in any conversation and has strong opinions, but it is also smart and emotionally developed enough to recognize her own flaws. It just doesn't get much better than this.

Who are some of your favorite female protagonists?  Let me know in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. I love your list and I love Katarina as well.

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  2. For the first half of Chime, I couldn't stand Briony - she was kind of a downer. But she redeemed herself in the end. Awesome list! Some of my other faves are on here too - like Katniss *yay*

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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  3. Elizabeth Bennet was on my Kick-ass heroine list, too! I think Ella was too, but I can't remember :)

    Great choices!

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  4. Love your choices! And glad that both Kats made it on here. =)

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  5. Mia! Katniss! Kat! Ella! Gosh, I LOVE your list. A lot of people ignore Mia and Ella and even sometimes Kat. New follower :)

    My TTT: http://blueskyshelf.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-ten-tuesday-fictional-crushes.html

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