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Top 10 Tuesday!

on September 1, 2010

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted over at The Broke & The Bookish! There’s a different theme every week and this week it’s:

Top 10 Heroines!

What a great topic! There’s nothing like a good strong female character! These are in no particular order, just as they came to me.

  1. Elspeth from The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. I love Elspeth. I’ve been reading these books since I was 14 and I’ve grown with Elspeth. She’s a very likable, independent character who faces a growing and frightening destiny with far more acceptance and grace than I ever could. She possesses some amazing abilities that she has learned to hone and strengthen. She’s a good friend, she’s a loyal person and she inspires loyalty from others.
  2. Lisbeth Salander from the Steig Larsson novels. What is not to like about Lisbeth? She’s been screwed by a flawed system more ways than anyone can count and she finds a new way each time to rise above it. And okay, she might be a little unconventional but that just makes her all the more interesting! She’s not the type to sit around and wait for the man to come in and save her and if she can’t get her own back right away, watch your back. Because she’ll get even eventually!
  3. Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire Mysteries, by Charlaine Harris. Okay, so it’s not class literature, but I love Sookie. She’s funny! She’s practical. She tries very hard to make the best of lots of very bad situations. She has a pretty good knack for getting herself in trouble, but she’s not bad at getting herself out of it too! She’s lost a lot of people, she’s been kidnapped and tortured, she’s had plenty of other things happen to her but she still faces life with enthusiasm. She’s resilient. And she has Eric!
  4. Precious Ramotswe of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, by Alexander McCall-Smith. Another very practical woman, although of a very different type to Sookie. Precious loves Botswana, loves pumpkins, loves the fact that she is of a ‘traditional build’ and isn’t ashamed of it. She has patience, she is kind and generous and she cares for others. I read these books when I wanted to be reminded of the goodness of human nature, because there’s so much of it in this character. She also has a quite wry sense of humour but the good manners to think before she speaks.
  5. Temperance Brennan, from the Kathy Reichs novels. So sometimes Temperance does do stupid things. She trundles off looking for clues, going into dark caves/graveyards/whatever unaccompanied and usually gets belted over the head or something. But girl never quits! She just bounces back in the next book, willing once again to put herself in danger so that other people can get some peace and closure over the deaths of their loved ones. She’s good at her job, respected in her field and after years, still feels a personal connection to victims and a desire to see justice done.
  6. Elizabeth Bennett of Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen. A bit of an obvious one, I know. But it’s an obvious one for a reason. Lizzie was a breath of fresh air – she loved her family a great deal, but was unwilling to sacrifice her own happiness for her mother’s and marry Mr Collins. She was big enough to admit when she was wrong, about both Darcy and Wickham. She was lively, vivacious and concerned with things other than securing a good match. And even after refusing him once, she still got her man in the end!
  7. Polgara in The Belgariad, The Mallorean and Polgara the Sorceress, by David Eddings. Polgara could be irritating at times. She could be short tempered, sarcastic and condescending. Actually, she could be a right b!tch. But she spent hundreds of years raising, loving and losing boys, waiting for the right one, the one the Prophecy mentioned. She had the strength to fight the compulsion to be the Dark Bride and stay on the Light path. And she’s a woman that had to travel with a lot of men basically mothering them all, including her own father and uncle at times. She was the glue that kept everyone together after every tragedy or event.
  8. Stephanie Plum from The Stephanie Plum Novels, by Janet Evanovich (but only novels 1-10). When this series first started, I loved Steph! She was witty, gutsy, could laugh at herself and the fact that she wasn’t very good at her job but she somehow made it all work. The first 10 novels are really entertaining and enjoyable and Steph gets the job done on most occasions. She sometimes needs help, but she’s a 5’5 woman chasing down criminals, so I don’t really consider that a weakness. What I liked about Steph was that she wouldn’t conform. She wouldn’t go and get a job at the button factory to please her mother, or Morelli. She did the bounty hunting because it gave her freedom.
  9. Anne Shirley from the Anne of series, by L.M Montgomery. Every girl should grow up reading the Anne novels! Anne is a precocious child who grows into a wonderful woman and the reader is along for the ride every step of the way. Every novel has it’s own charm and never has a character been more enjoyable to read.
  10. Detective Jill Jackson, from the Leah Giarratano novels. It’s nice to see a female protagonist who is flawed yet strong. Jackson has had terrible things happen to her in her past when she was a child and she still carries around with her eccentricities and habits left over from this. She inspires sympathy and admiration. Her refusal to  play victim and her determination to get out there and make a difference definitely made the novel for me and I can’t wait to read the rest.

So there are my Top 10 Heroines! Who are yours?

2 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday!

  1. I adore Anne Shirley. I came to this book late in life, but I’ve often wished I’d found this book when I was young. I love how Anne dreams and her dreams become her reality.

    My list of strong women is at Hope you will stop by!

  2. Shannon says:

    It’s been too long since I last visited – you’ve changed your look! Looks great, very edgy!

    I love your list – I’m thrilled to see Elspeth at the top of this list! I love her to bits! Lisbeth is great too, and Lizzy Bennet – wonderful!

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