A weekly meme originating at The Broke and the Bookish, this week we delve into our favourite heroines. We’ve compiled a great list (in no particular order) of unique characters we’ve all resonated with, and if you are not familiar with any of them as of yet, we encourage you to do so. These women don’t necessarily have to wield weapons or have a sharp tongue to make our list. One trait they all seem to have in common is to stay true to themselves when the going gets tough, something all of us are capable of. Enjoy!
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery) – No one wields a slate like Anne Shirley! And when no such novelty weapons exist, Anne’s passionate soliloquies usually do the trick. One of the characters all three of us readily agree on, Anne’s tenacity, passion and goodness make her a shoe-in for this list.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling) – Hermione Granger may not be the titular character in the Harry Potter novels but because of her knowledge and strength in difficult situations, she is a heroine that needs no introduction. Without her, Harry would have struggled through many difficult situations while fighting Voldemort, making her the brains and brawn behind the magical heroism of Harry.
Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee) – It seems amazing that a five-year-old girl can make it on the list, but if anyone could, it’s Scout. Our beloved heroine is intelligent, spunky, and always willing to stand up for what is right. Though our tomboy has yet to learn the social niceties so entrenched in her community, it seems she can already handle some of life’s toughest lessons.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins) – Archery and fighting skills alone don’t make Katniss a favourite heroine – it’s also her quick thinking and survival instinct that make her kick some serious Capitol butt.
Pollyanna (Pollyanna, Eleanor, H. Porter) – Pollyanna moves in with a wealthy aunt after both of her poor, missionary parents pass away. She transforms the town, notably some interesting characters, through her ‘Glad Game’, wherein one must always look on the bright side of things. Pollyanna may be out-dated but her positive attitude in tough times has always resonated with me.
Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’s, Diary, Helen Fielding) – Sharp wit without trying and everyday struggle with weight, work and love, Bridget Jones goes without saying. She is easy to relate to and her ability to make one laugh regardless of the situation makes her the best kind of heroine for us.
Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien) – In a book dominated by alpha males and heroic hobbits, Éowyn takes over the sole position of heroine in fine fashion. Niece to the King of Rohan, she suffers while she watches his decline under the poisonous Grima Wormtongue. When the fellowship arrives and her uncle is freed from the spell, she is ordered to lead in his stead while everyone goes off to battle. Longing to fight with her kin, she dresses as a man, and in battle kills the Witch-king of Angmar, who was prophesied to never to fall by the hand of a man.
Boston Jane (Boston Jane: An Adventure, Jennifer L. Holm) – Pacific Coast adventures while encountering mysterious natives, cherry pie baking, and falling in love, Boston Jane brings depth and humour into a time in the mid-19th century where life wasn’t all too simple. Because of her ability to always amuse and to remind us that things often don’t go as planned, Boston Jane is one heroine you can never forget.
Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand) – Dagny is met with opposition at every turn in managing Taggart Transcontinental. Despite her hurdles, she learned at an early age that it was more important to be competent than to be liked. She bravely struggles on in the bleakest of circumstances, always staying true to herself, and not relying on others for success. The courage and strength shown by Dagny when all others want her to fail, makes her a woman of great substance.
Jo March (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott) – For thinking for herself in a time when women were just getting their voice, for humbling herself when she makes a mistakes, Josephine March is our favourite little woman!