This is a ridiculously hard prompt for me (ten?! how can I do just ten?!) because I admire a lot of fictional heroines. So appreciate the braincells I’ve burned trying to limit myself to just TEN (!) and I also confess to cheating somewhat and going “fictional” not “literary”.
And since I’ve done posts on heroines before, I’m trying to pick some different people. Aren’t you proud of me?! GO CAIT! Expanding my horizons.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten Favourite Heroines
1. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Okay, fine. I didn’t expand my horizons and awful lot. But this is because Cath is literally me! SHE IS! (Minus the obsession with Simon Snow and also the tall lanky boyfriend.) But she loves books and peanut butter and her sister and fandoms. She avoids people and confrontation. She aggressively ships her OTPs. She’s a writer! I relate so much it’s a little ridiculous.
2. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
She kills demons…IN STILETTOS. Now I’m not a high-heel fan myself, but I don’t deny they’re great weapons and I admire any girl who is fierce about embracing her feminine side. Isabelle is tough. She’d probably stab you in the face as soon as look at you. But she has an squishy side (when it comes to Simon, at least) and she’s fiercely protective.
3. Isabel Culpeper from Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Um, so I like a lot of characters named Isabel, apparently. But moving forward, shall we! Maggie Stiefvater is like my favourite author of ever, and she writes the perfectly snarky heroines. Isabel Culpeper is like knives and ice. She also loves shoes and clothes and would also stab you in the face, except she’s not in that kind of book.
So basically Isabelle Lightwood and Isabel Culpeper are very similar and equally fabulous.
4. Rogue from X-Men (movies and comics)
Basically she can kill people by touching them. BUT WAIT. The reason I think she’s admirable and amazing is because she doesn’t let her mutation spin her into a monster. She’s really kind and sweet. It’s a refreshing combo: incredibly powerful killer + niceness = Rogue.
5. Parker from Leverage (TV show)
I blame both Lydia and Treskie (I have good friends, I blame them for many things) for getting me hooked on this show. It’s about stealing things… but for GOOD REASONS! Okay, wait. Just think of modern day Robin Hood but with a team of genius thieves. Parker is my favourite girl on the team. She’s totally socially inept. (I relate!) She’s the “little sister” and also a kleptomaniac. She has no idea how to feel things (so she’s probably sociopathic?) but she’d never let the team down.
6. Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Because Blue lives on yogurt and doesn’t like squishy fruit and will take no nonsense from boys and will also do anything for her friends.
7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games was my gateway book into YA so of course I’m always going to be a huge fan of Katniss! But, gosh, this girl is so relatable: FOOD IS IMPORTANT. She’s not messing around, okay? I will always admire a girl who knows the meaning of life (hey, food keeps you alive).
And the way she also sacrificed her life for her little sister was nice too. You know, these little things.
8. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Child genius? Book lover? Super powers? Library addict? Adorable? Lover of cake? ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ME AGAIN?
Okay, okay, I’ll calm down. But seriously, Matilda is my bookish twin (right after Cath) although I’m still waiting on my powers to come in. While I wait, I’m trying to read the whole library.
9. Lydia and Malia from Teen Wolf (TV show)
So, yes, they’re completely different and shouldn’t even be in the same sentence, but I can only HAVE 10 HEROINES, so I shall cheat like a boss.
Lydia is a banshee. She knows people are going to die before they do. (She’s also a math genius!) She’s also not ashamed of her scars. Malia spent most of her life as a coyote and therefore has, um, no social skills whatsoever. (Why do I always like the socially inept characters?! Hmm…I wonder.) What do they have in common: they’d do anything for their friends and they’re insanely tough and smart and funny.
10. Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow) from The Avengers (movies)
She shoots things and has perfect hair. I was discussing this with Engie the other day and we came to the conclusion in The Winter Soldier she probably keeps a straightener next to her gun. (Maybe her gun doubles as a hair straightener?!) Least to say, she’s a spy who lives a grey-area and that’s awesome. (And, just to be unpopular and annoying, I secretly ship her with Steve.)