I love reading all different types of books, with all different types of characters, but most of all, I love to read books with a strong female heroine. One, that I can mould in my minds eye to see as myself.
Here are just a few that really stand out to me and have become some of the most inspirational women in my life…
The character created by Louisa May Alcott has always been a huge inspiration to me. I love her passion for the writing that she produces even though she get’s knocked down almost every time, the encouragement she receives from her family is incredible, to go through ups and downs and still have the passion, the need to tell people her stories. Her wonderful, wild spirit that never gives up. In a society that expected her to marry well, due to her station, she wanted to branch out and do things on her own terms, the sign of a true heroine. If I can be half the person she was and write like she did I would be a very lucky person.
This character is probably the reason I wanted to do well in school and my higher education, I wanted to be her, to be as smart and intuitive (I really wasn’t, but hey ho) She stood out as someone who wasn’t going to be thrown down by prejudice from her peers, she knew she was smart, so she acted like it. She wasn’t going to let something as little as being born by two non magical parents stop her.
She is a fierce and loyal friend, who would never abandon them when the going got tough. Her heart is just a big as her brain. Truly is the brightest witch of her age.
I am only a few books into the Throne of Glass series, yet from the start I knew I liked Celeana Sardothien. She is such a feisty character, the type that you wish you could be. We see the wall that she had to build up, break down as she meets people who change her outlook on the world that she has grown to know, reminding her of the person she used to be. Eventually, she combine the person that she used to be with the person that the years have made her. The perfect hero, who doesn’t wish to be the hero of her own story. Loving this character right now.
I have always had a soft spot for the legends of Britain, most of all the tales of Robin Hood have stayed with me since I was a child. I loved the romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marion, the never ending relationship of the low born male and the high born female, forbidden and long-lasting. In every version of Maid Marian we see her as a strong woman who continues to fight and oppose the tyranny of King John. For me, she is a real hero, not someone who acts with action and fighting, but someone who acts with kindness to the people who need it, who can benefit from it. Just a legend… literally.
There we go, these women in literature are fundamental for our reading culture, they teach us that in a man’s world, women can still be amazing and strong women who could easily take over the world. I think it’s important for young girls to be reading books featuring characters such as these so they can learn that passion, knowledge, attitude and kindness, are all fantastic features that women can possess.
Who are your favourite heroines? I want to know… let me know in the comments below.