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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!!
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