Guess what everyone?!? It’s Friday, which means…Favourites Friday!
So, I don’t know if it’s my inner feminist, but I absolutely LOVE strong female characters. Unfortunately, since cavemen days, women have been seen as inferior to men. We have been called the weaker sex, the fairer sex. In movies and books, the man always swoops in to save the princess – because she definitely can’t save herself, she’s too fragile.
Remember Buttercup from the Princess Bride? I remember Westley is getting his ass handed to him by a pig or something like that, and she just stands there screaming! I’m not sure but I think the Princess Bride was satire or something along those lines, so I think Buttercup was supposed to be a damsel in distress…but even so, you get my point.
I feel like females are being represented a lot more favourably in stories these days, meaning that we are going to have new generations of girls looking up to these characters which I think is so awesome.
Here is my list of my favourite strong female characters, in no particular order because I think they are all awesome!
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games Series
I don’t think Katniss is one of the nicest of people, however the fact that she has flaws is what I like about her. She isn’t Miss Universe, with a Vaseline smile and wave, sprouting “world peace” rubbish. She is angry, bitter and has the weight of thousands of lives on her shoulder. She was always a strong person, with her family relying on her for food etc. All I know is if I was in this situation, I’d probably starve because I’d feel soooooo bad bad about killing animals. I would be bawling…and that’s the truth of it.
Aelin Galythinius – Throne of Glass Series
I have spoken about Aelin soooo many times, because I LOVE her. She is amazing. She is so unbelievably loyal to her friends, family and kingdom and would literally do anything for them. She hasn’t had a splendid life but she takes it all in her stride and cuts down anything (or anyone) she doesn’t like. Aelin has swagger, she is full of herself and doesn’t apologise for who she is. I.LOVE.HER!!!
Claire Fraser – Outlander
Thrown into an impossible and unbelievable situation, Claire thinks everything through rationally (well most of the time) and logically. She is very knowledgeable of medicines and herbs, and also knows a lot about treating injuries due to her time as a nurse in the War. Claire does some silly things and I have wanted to slap her a few times, but she still is an incredibly strong, independent woman.
Kady Grant – Illuminae
A new contender on my list. I read Illuminae a week or so ago, and was introduced to Kady. She is definitely a different type of hero. She is very smart, can work computers like a wizard and is super gutsy. She was under an enormous amount of pressure and she was as cool as a cucumber…she’s pretty awesome.
Nynaeve al’Meara – Wheel of Time Series
Early on in the series I found her a bit annoying, mostly because she is the most stubborn, crankiest female character I have come across. However, I freakin love her! She sticks to what she thinks is right and tells people how it is. She is also pretty powerful and has fought some pretty powerful beings. Nynaeve is super feisty but is also incredibly loyal, and this is why she has made my list.
Laia – An Ember in the Ashes Series
I fell in love with Laia in An Ember in the Ashes. You start off thinking of her as a coward, and I guess you could say that she is but not really through any fault of her own. She owns her mistakes and learns from them. She is like a fox, super quiet and timid, however she could steal the eggs out of your chicken coop without you noticing. I love that she isn’t this boisterous, over the top “look at me”, full of swagger girl. Again, she is someone who is super loyal and knows where she comes from. She is definitely someone you would want to be friends with, because if you got kidnapped by an evil prince, she would do everything in her power to get you back.
So there you have it, my favourite strong female characters. Are any of these on your list? What your favourite female characters? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂