Do you remember the post about my literary crushes? You can re-read it here.
I thought about doing such a list again. But talking about fictional boys could get really boring. (No I don’t think so :D )
So I decided to make a “My top 5 favourite Heroines in books”
I as a girl love heroines that kick ass, stand their ground and go their way no matter which obstacles they have to pass. So it should have been easier picking five girls than it was with the boys, right? Especially, after I read so many books with heroines.
But it wasn’t that easy. Turns out you need to be a lot better if you want to convince me as a heroine than you need to be as a fictional crush.
Anyway here comes my list of the five best heroines (in my opinion) from book world:
- Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)
Who she is: Arya is one of the POV characters from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Ary is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and nine years old (well, at the beginning :D) She has four brothers and one sister.
She fights with a sword and travels the realm of Westeros to help her family win the game of thrones. She is not a real Lady for she likes to fight, picks on her sister and she refuses to marry a lord when she comes of age.
Arya is accompanied by her friends Gendry and Hotpie, together they travelled with the night’s watch and escaped the Lannister man. Arya killed someone ones in her life, to safe herself, while her father was attacked. And later on she had a deal with an assassin to safe herself again. You never know what adventure she will drawn into next.
Why I like her: Arya does not act like she should. She refuses to behave like a lady as her sister does. She fights for her life, owns a sword called Needle and is completely cute doing so. She is one of my favourite characters from ASOIF, besides Daenerys (who is btw a kick ass heroine, too:) )
I loved her in the books and I even more love her in the TV series.
- Safron (The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King)
Who she is: Safron was a young irish girl that flew to paris and landed on a ship on it’s way to the caribic. She became a famous pirate and stole a great treasure. But while she was burying it Safron was cursed by her arch enemy’s lover with the dust of 100 dogs. So Safron lived 100 lifes as a dog (or you know, as 100 different dogs) before she was reborn in modern America. So now Safron is on a quest to get back her treasures.
Why I like her: Because she fights for what she believes is hers and never backs down.
- Chloe Saunders (Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong)
Who she is: Chloe used to believe in boogy man as a little girl. She did not just thought that they were real she saw them. But that were only fantasies of a little girl, right?
In High School Chloe starts to see ghosts again. Real ghosts. Everyone thinks she is mentally ill so she gets send off to a group home for people like her. Turns out those people are a werewolf, a sorcerer, and a witch. Because Chloe is a necromancer, she can see and even raise the dead. But if that wasn’t enough for one girl the group home was founded by a mad scientist who founded a company, too. A company that messed around with the genetics of people like Chloe. A company her mother and aunt seem to be related, too.
Why I like her: Because she would do anything for her friends. And though she gets betrayed by someone she loves she continues to fight for her right (to paaarty XD). And her powers are just awesome!
- Lucy (Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon)
Who she is: Lucy is a modern women who has everything she ever wanted. A lovely fiancé, a great job and now her two best friends from her childhood days are getting married. So Lucy gets on a plane to fly to Australia her childhood home. A few minutes before the plane starts she looks on her mobile phone for the last time in hours. While the “turn of your mobiles” sign blinks Lucy reads a text message from her fiancé. A message claiming to come from a unknown woman who just slept with Lucy’s fiancé.
So Lucy sets off to a journey around the world. A journey were she will encounter what love, friends and family really means and to find out if the perfect life she has is really that good…
Why I like her: Because she’s a modern day woman who tries to go her way. And though she sometimes does not seem to succeed she continues on.
- Maggie (Inktrilogy by Cornelia Funke)
Who she is: Maggie is a young girl, whose mother disappeared years ago. She lives in a little house with her father Mo and hundreds of books. Maggie grew up with books and she loves nothing more than a good story.
But one rainy night a mysterious man called Dustfinger appears at her door. A man, her father knows from long ago. Dustfinger claims that he lived in a different world before her father read him out of a book called Inkheart. Finally Maggie learns why her father never read a story out loud to her: Everything Mo reads comes to life. And for every character that comes out of the book someone from our world gets pulled into the book. That’s why Maggie’s mother disappeared.
So Maggie sets out on an adventure to find her mother and defeat the villains that came with Dustfinger out of the world of Inkheart.
Why I like her: Because she was the first heroine I ever saw as a role model. And though she was really young during her adventures she was brave and intelligent. I loved Cornelia Funke’s story since Maggie reminded me so much of myself. I wish I could read myself into a book and I really love to read as much as she does.
And here, for comparison is Rachel’s list:
- Smilla Jaspersen (Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hög)Why she likes her: “Smilla is just not your stereotype of heroine – she’s grown up, very intelligent, awesome and she takes what she wants.”
- Jane Rizzoli (Rizzoli&Isles by Tess Gerritsen)Why she likes her: “Jane is amazingly cool in the TV series, but in the books she just kicks ass! And she reminds me of me just a little too often ;)”
- Recha (Nathan the Wise by G.E. Lessing)Why she likes her: “She is just the smart one in the whole drama and: come on, she’s Nathan’s “daughter”, she HAS to be a great heroine!”
- Lady Amalthea (The last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle)Why she likes her: “One word: awesome! The most beautiful and poetic book character I’ve ever known – she was a great part of my childhood.”
- Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)Why she likes her: “In the beginning (meaning in the first book) she is a very ordinary girl, but with a great sense of black humour and the natural talent of dealing with Howl (the number one on my list of favourite male book characters ;P)”
While I was working on this list, I read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And in the fourth Chapter a girl appears, only a side character. And there was one line that, in my opinion, shows what a heroine should not be like: “At the horror of these sights she faded”
How can she fade, if someone interesting is going on? Do not fade, tell me about it! :)
If you are as much into heroines as I am you should definitely check out Erin Blakemoor’s The Heroine’s Bookshelf
Who are your fav’s and why?
For example: Do you prefer Hermione or Katniss? Maybe someone totally different leads your top five.
Tell me about your lists in the comments
Love and Words