Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted over at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish
I had some confusing thoughts about what makes a kickass/strong heroine on Saturday and came to the conclusion that, for myself, it’s a very broad definition as to what I consider to be a kickass/strong heroine! Some are of the literal variety while some are more silently strong but kick ass nonetheless.
1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: This is probably going to be on a lot of lists so I’m sure I don’t need to explain why she is on here but I truly did admire how strong she was for her family, how she sacrificed herself for the people she loved, how she was still very human despite being in such a horrible situation (Rue!) plus girl has brains and wit. Sure she has flaws but she is overall one of my faves! (My review of The Hunger Games)
2. Puck from The Scorpio Races — I loved how Puck wasn’t afraid to do something that women never did by riding those killer horses. She was strong and courageous even if it could get her killed. Sometimes I think she was being reckless but I think her intentions were good! (My review of The Scorpio Races)
3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice — Do I really need to explain? Honestly? Elizabeth may have not been fighting dragons or anything but she’s kickass in so many ways. What an endearing heroine! She is intelligent, playful and is not afraid to go against the mainstream way of thinking–even if it means offending her family by not marrying a certain fellow. She knows what she’s about and she doesn’t care what society thinks when it comes to things she believes in.
4. Lisbeth Sanders from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Lisbeth Sanders was just one of those unexpected heroines when I started reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She’s smart and strong and isn’t afraid to be herself. Conformity be damned! She’s got her own notions of femininity! I wanted to slow clap for her by the end of the novel.
5. Jo March from Little Women: How can you not love Jo? She certainly marched to a different tune. I loved her because she has strong mind and is independent. She, like Elizabeth Bennet, chooses to sometimes go against what society would have of her. I like that she trounced upon the model of what a woman should look like and what she should do.
7. Elisa from The Girl Of Fire & Thorns: Elisa went from lacking confidence and being complacent to this really fierce girl who seemed more at home in her skin! I really loved seeing her transformation!
8. Frankie Landau Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks: I freaking loved Frankie! She wasn’t ok with being left out of the boys club just because she had a vagina. She wanted to prove that she could be just as smart and scheme-y as them. I loved how she explored what feminism was and what it meant to her and I think that’s important for girls to think about — what feminism looks like. I think she made mistakes but ultimately she learned a lot about herself. PLUS let’s be honest. Her plans were AWESOME. Snaps for Frankie!
9. Eva from The Lost Girl: Eva is a recent addition to this list for me. I think she tried really hard to do what she was supposed to do in her situation but she couldn’t fight who SHE was. I loved the ways she fought for her own independence yet still tried to think of others. She had courage even though she knew what could happen and wasn’t afraid to save others instead of herself. (My review of The Lost Girl)
10. Matilda from, well, Matilda: I wanted to BE Matilda when I was younger. She and Harriet from Harriet the Spy were my bookish besties back then. Matilda had a lot against her but she wasn’t afraid of being too small or just one little voice when it came to changing the world!
Who are some of your favorite kickass heroines both of the literal and the more subtle variety? Do you agree or disagree with any of the ones I chose? I can handle it if you did!