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Feistiest Females in Fiction

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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You’re probably going to hate this format as once again I am opting for a list style post. Well list in the sense of the word that I’ve numbered the paragraphs to separate each character, but I would say this is probably a little longer than your average shopping list. I will say though that if your shopping list is in fact this long you are probably over-describing that lovely bag of apples.

I’ve gone off topic again to form a useless paragraph but we are going to roll with it as I am allowed to ramble slightly here since I’m not being graded. At least, I hope I’m not anyway.. It is international women’s day today so I thought to commemorate this fact, I would show you who I think are the feistiest females in the books I have read over the years. Even if they are not the dictionary definition of feisty, they are strong in each of their own rights. This post was originally going to be women who I admire throughout history but that list would have been much harder to edit. I do warn, if I can decide a select few then it probably will feature on here. For now though, here are some brilliant characters who have inspired and or impacted me over the years in fiction.

Lucy Pevensie- The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

I cannot stress how much I love these books in general, but the youngest Pevensie sibling always seemed to strike a chord within me. If anyone dared insult her in front of me I would defend her to the end of time because she never lost belief. Out of all the Pevensie siblings, she was the one throughout the Chronicles of Narnia who never stopped believing in Aslan or Narnia. Despite her brother denying its existence right when she first finds it and he follows her. She is never shaken in her belief despite growing up in war, she never loses her good heart or faith. If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is.

Anna- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Again, she is probably not the most conventional character to appear on a list of strong girls, but the semi-autobiographical nature of Judith Kerr’s book speaks for itself. Anna is uprooted at the age of 9 when Hitler’s rise to power forces her family to leave Germany due to their Jewish background and her father’s criticism of the fuhrer. Anna as a character doesn’t do anything groundbreaking in the sense of showing power as a woman but she continues to live and adapt. The trilogy follows her through the hardships of having to leave everything behind, being forced to mould to a world where you’re a refugee with nothing. Her family’s move to me speaks volumes of strength and as she is the principle character she has stayed with me since I first read this with my mum at the age of 8.

Lizzie Bennett- Pride and Prejudice
Ah, yes, finally we have one of the usual suspects arising from this jumbled mess of type I like to call a post. A woman who is strong, incredibly smart and headstrong; who knows her own mind and what she wants in life. This itself, is a fantastic narrative as it is from a time where headstrong women were few and far between in a way. Well, at least that is how people wanted it to be. Yeah, you can say she married her Darcy so surely that undermines her. No, because in a time when women couldn’t inherit without marriage she insulted her eligible candidate. Good news was though, he turned out to be a fan of quick wit.

Hermione Granger- Harry Potter series

Again, another obvious choice. The girl who made it okay to work hard, who made it fine to enjoy learning. Of course, other girls did this too but who wouldn’t want to be like a bad ass who goes to a bloody magic school? She found acceptance with 2 friends who didn’t give a shit that she was clever. (Unless they needed help with history of magic) She punched pretty boy Draco Malfoy, nuff said.

Jo and Beth March- Little women

I love her. Well I love all the girls on this list so much but since reading Little women, again with my mum at about the age of 7, I have loved Jo March. She was argumentative, impulsive; so loyal to her family that she cut her gorgeous long hair off to get them money. People argue that she isn’t strong because she bowed to society and married in the end, but the professor wasn’t who you expected. She married out of her own choice to, not because she had to marry her best friend to keep everyone else happy. Whilst we are on the topic of little women actually, I am just going to mention I love Beth just as much as Jo. She is strong in her own respect despite being vastly different to her sister. She is the peacemaker of the sisters, a character no one can ever hate. Beth has a heart of gold and I dare you to say otherwise.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this more bookish post. I may even do another one because obviously I love more characters than just these 5. I strongly recommend all the books they come from, so give them a read and see if you agree with me. Happy international women’s day!!

Book Review It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sorry about the lack of posts, but I have been very ill recently and I have my exams coming up so there has been little time for blogging. Once my health is sorted though I am planning to write a few posts in advance so my blog stays updated.

I haven't done a book post in a while so I thought it was time to update you on my recent reads. Saying that I finished this book a month ago but in my opinion a month is still recent so we're going with it. Moving along, I saw the film adaptation of this before I read the book which I know is a sin to most readers but hey ho I read it so who cares?

The film stars Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis Keir Gilchrist and is enjoyable as a stand alone, although it isn't the best adaptation of the book. Then again, there are hardly any films which are carbon copies of the books they are based on; we will ignore this train of thought though or I'll ramble on about the likes of Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

The book is centred around 16-year-old Craig Gilner and his stay in a psychiatric hospital, the people he meets there as he fights depression. The reason I love this book so much is because of how raw it is, that it deals with peer pressure and the issues teens face with the pressure they are under at school. Initially, the book was a little slow to start as it sets out Craig's life to show the reader why he he ends up in the psychiatric hospital.

I love how well written the characters are and that it is one of the few books, that I have read at least, which addresses that depression can happen to people even if they do have the textbook version of a 'good life'. It's inspiring as it shows there is hope as by getting help, Craig finds people who make him want to be better. He finds people who inspire him to do what he wants even though it's completely different from the path he is currently on. He finds there, what makes him happier and will hopefully make him better. It's not filled with sadness too, surprisingly this book does have quite a few amusing moments that had me laughing to myself more than once. I think that's what is good about it, it isn't some doomed romance or a pit that it is virtually impossible to escape. It's just a coming of age novel that addresses the stresses teens are actually under these days. It's realistic as Vizzini based some ideas of it on his own stay in a psychiatric hospital.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes the style of writing of John Green as it is a fairly similar pace to his novels. As I said though, that for the first few chapters at least, this is a book you do have to stick with but it is worth it when you finish it.

One of my favourite parts of the book is actually the last paragraph. It urges you to live, despite feeling like sometimes you can't. It just puts everything into perspective, that despite the all kinds of shit your life might be right now it won't always be shit. You aren't worthless or an idiot. Those are just labels you're applying to you and no one else agrees. If they do then fuck them! They aren't worthy enough to be in your life. Today might be crap but tomorrow might be better. Live for the next day, the next week, the next year. Just Live.