From the earliest of my education, I remember being taught the components to a good story. One of them is a protagonist. Some of them are more passive and just have stuff happen to them while others seem to take things on head first. You might even call some of them heroes or heroines (this calls for a Boys Like Girls musical interlude)…
Back to the topic…
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is entitled the top ten favourite kick-ass heroines. Incredible characters of the female persuasion performing what might be considered heroic acts.
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I actually hesitated before putting Katniss on the list. Although she is most definitely a heroine with her whole surviving multiple Hunger Games and the civil war in Panem, she also wasn’t always such an emotional heroine. Her boy troubles and boy manipulation grated me a touch. Then I remember she is only 16… It is fair game. So, she is still awesome.
- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Geeky girls taking on the magical world for the win! She was pretty cool and made it through a whole bunch of magical chaos (and got the boy).
- Caroline Ingalls and Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Starting off, Caroline Ingalls is probably not as popular a person on the lists. But, she was the mom who kept things together despite all of the difficulties on the farm and kept those kids in line (they turned out pretty well). I can’t imagine doing everything she did. Then there was Laura who was one tough cookie saving the farm, her siblings and herself from all sorts of trouble all the while finding more trouble. Having just re-read the series, I still can’t believe all they went through and what a great example they are of true heroism.
- Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl. This kid overcame all of the crazy adults and did it with her mind. Plus, it was entertaining how she went about things.
- Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This kid survived the war in Germany, but not only that, she learned to read and write and had a great impact on a number of people. She overcame a lot.
- The Mother from Room by Emma Donoghue. This lady overcame the odds. She survived being abducted and kept in a single room and raised her son in the midst of this. But not only that, she got them out and they made a life for themselves.
- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She is clever and quick to respond. It is interesting to see her grow through the book and eventually settle down.
- Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. This is a teenage girl most people can relate to. But, she somehow pulls of the whole princess thing. That makes her a winner in my books!
- Nancy Drew fromthe Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keane. Anyone who can be her age and go around solving crimes all the while continuing to have an awesome father-daughter relationship, friends and a boyfriend must be a heroine. Plus, she always found the solution to the mystery.
- Henrietta Lacks from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebeccca Skloot. I am not done reading this one yet and like the Ingalls/Wilder crew, Henrietta Lacks was a real person. And she sounds like she was awesome indeed. Not only was she a great mother and friend and all around tough lady, she (unfortunately unknowingly) has helped to bring about many medical advances from the cell samples taken from her cervical cancer. That makes her a great person in my books, even if the circumstances were suboptimal.
There are many more heroines out there. Some great and a few that, when I think about it, are actually quite awful. Who are some of your favourite bookish heroines?