Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!