I have a thing for strong female characters – a while ago I named Bellatrix Lestrange as my favourite villain – so this week’s TTT with The Broke and the Bookish should be fun.
1. Tiger Lily from Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tiger Lily is my hero. She doesn’t care for others’ opinions and she’s got a mean aim.
2. Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
She’s a BAMF! I love her take-no-prisoners attitude. And she’s obviously hawt.
3. Lirael from Lirael by Garth Nix
“Some people are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” Lirael reminds me of this. She kind of finds adventure unexpectedly, and learns to be brave very quickly.
4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
You know, she’s probably so overdone on my lists and others’, but that’s okay. Hermione was probably the first character in a book I actually looked up to. She is brave and confident and very efficient, whether in planning or doing.
5. Hester from Deadlands by Lily Herne
She taught the Mall Rats everything they knew – a martial artists who knows her weapons and fought in The War. She’s so cool.
6. Wren from Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Yes, Wren does a stupid thing and abuses her gift, but she has the strength to take responsibility and to deal with the consequences – really, not something a lot of us know how to do.
7. Zan from Run, Zan, Run by Cathy MacPhail
So, in case anyone hasn’t figured this out yet: Bullying is BAD, and everyone should do what they can to prevent it, even if they don’t have kids, or don’t teach, or whatever. Zan is awesome. She sticks up for Katie despite not even knowing her. And later we learn that Zan actually has a lot to lose.
8. Lisbeth Salander from The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
It doesn’t matter that I think the books are a little verbose, Lisbeth is still amazing. Yeah, she has issues, but she deals with them wonderfully, and I love her sense of justice.
9. Aomame from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Another book I didn’t enjoy, and Aomame’s behaviour is not always exactly kosher. But she tries to right wrongs in her own way, and there is no doubt of her skill.
10. Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Couldn’t resist a second HP character. What I love about Ginny is her growth – when we first meet her she is a scared and shy little thing, and she grows such that she eventually plays a massive part in Dumbledore’s Army. Yeah, she’s awesome.