Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This weeks’ topic is ‘Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines’. So, I’ll see if I can come up with ten:
1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – she is probably near the top of many of the top ten lists today. Not only is she deadly with a bow and arrow, but she is strongly protective of those she loves and cares for. This comes out in many ways in the books, especially in the fact that she is willing to sacrifice her own life in place of that of her young sister.
2 Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – her strength is her intelligence, but she also stands up for those who are marginalized or deemed weak. She never walks away and regularly saves her best friends.
3.Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings) – she is one of the strongest female characters in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. She disguised herself as a man so that she could go into battle with the Riders of Rohan. During the Battle of Pelennor Fields she slew the Witch-king of Angmar, who according to prophecy would not fall ‘by the hand of man’. Eowyn’s reply to him when he reminded her of this was: ‘But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.’ It’s a definite kick-ass heroine moment!
4. Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief) – initially in the book she is a scared and timid little girl, but as the book develops she evolves into one of the bravest and strongest female characters of recent books. In spite of the war and the Nazi regime, she is able to show strength in the things she chooses to do and believe, and in the friendships she develops, especially with Max, the Jew who is hidden in the basement of her house.
5. Deryn Sharp (Leviathan trilogy) – she doesn’t let the fact that she is a girl prevent her from joining the male-only domain of the British Air Service. Going under the name of Dylan, she puts herself in many situations that her male counterparts are fearful of being in. Her main characteristics are her bravery and her loyalty to those closest to her.
6. Coraline Jones (Coraline) – her character is a lot different and stronger in the book than in the movie. Although she is only a young girl, she overcomes much fear to rescue her parents. Another character who puts herself on the line for those closest to her.
7. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) – although she is the youngest of the Pevensie siblings, she is also the strongest in character. She never loses her faith in Aslan, even when the rest of her family try to put doubts in her mind. She is very caring and feels much empathy with those around her. She is very loving and often willing to forgive those who have wronged her.
8. Seraphina (Seraphina) – a recent heroine, whom we haven’t seen the last of. She is very intelligent and has to overcome prejudices, as well as a potentially deadly secret, in order to become the heroine she is destined to be. She is also very trustworthy and loyal to those closest to her.
9. Maya Brown (The Maya Brown Missions) – a headstrong teen heroine, who often finds herself in very dangerous situations as she endeavours to fight for what is right and just. Her strength comes from the support of her family and also from the difficult past that she has had to overcome.
10. Lina Mayfleet (Ember books) – a caring, adventurous and brave heroine, who overcomes the hardship of being an orphan and plays a large part in saving the people of her community. She is trustworthy and loyal, with much ingenuity, along with the willingness to stand up for what is right.
I know that I have probably excluded many more worthy heroines, but I only included ones from books that I have read.