Friday, March 8, 2013

Discussion: Favorite Inspirational Females from Fiction

Happy International Women's Day to all the fierce, amazing & inspirational women all over the world!!  

Honestly, I feel like we should strive to celebrate & acknowledge the fabulous females in our lives every single day...but, I thought this would be a perfect day to spotlight some of my favorite kick-ass heroines from fiction!

I've picked those which I find have the most admirable traits overall which really sets these ladies apart for me among the sea of other female MC's

Vin
Vin of the Mistborn Trilogy

Vin's character evolution from homeless, abused, paranoid street-urchin to fierce, fearless, mind-blowing warrior is nothing short of epic.  She's probably my top female MC and I admire her almost as much as the boy wonder himself: Harry Potter.





Karou
I loved this girl from the very first pages of Daughter of Smoke & Bone. How could you not?!  Karou is engaging, fearless, skilled, 
relatable, human & full of Hope. Easily a
favorite of mine, I can't wait to see what the
future has in store for her!






The Ladies of the Harry Potter Series: Ginny, Hermione & Luna

Our Queen J.K. Rowling is herself sitting on top of my 'real-people' inspirations but the female characters she brought to life in the Potter books are really something else.  What brave, strong, loyal and unique personalities they all have!  Honestly, I could have gone on to list many others like McGonagall, Tonks, Molly Weasley, Lily Evans...I'm so proud that past, present & future generations of woman will have these females to look up to.

The Woman (& Elves) of Lord of the Rings Books: Eowyn & Galadriel

In a world ruled by men, these two have always left quite an impression on me.  Eowyn for her bravery - she was really a pioneer feminist of the day; and Galadriel for her mysterious powers & wisdom.  I do love Arwen in the films, but since her presence in the books is next to none, I stuck with these two.


And finally, a little Anime/Manga with...

  
Girls of Avatar
I wish I'd 'known' these girls during my childhood.  These girls can fight as hard as any boy.  They are skilled, strong, determined and oh so brave.  They hold their own no questions asked!  For a show that's mostly seen as a children's program, I am still in awe of the valuable life lessons it features - especially the ones where girls are just as awesome as boys.

**Honorable mentions go out to Anne Shirley of the Anne of Green Gables Series, Lucy Pevensie of theChronicles of Narnia, Alex Andros of the Covenant Series and Mackayla 'Mac' Lane of the Fever Series (mostly books 3-5)**

So what do YOU think?!  What makes a inspiring female protagonist in your eyes?  What do you think of my picks?!  Did I forget anyone important?  I want to hear what you guys think, so let me know in the comments below!

 
International Women's Day Official Website: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

14 comments:

  1. Oh I love this post! All your choices are amazing, when I saw the post in my feeder I immediately thought of Karou (who I adore!) and Hermione. There is little I love more than a great kick-ass chick. Except a green eyed hottie, I really like them. ;) Great choices!

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    1. Aww thanks Ali ♥ I really like kick ass chicks AND green eyes hotties too ;) Yum! Loving this comment!!

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  2. J. K. Rowling wrote some fantastic female characters; Hermione is definitely one of my all-time favorite literary heroines. I'm trying to find some time to start Mistborn because I really want to read that series! Great post, Micheline! :-)

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    1. I couldn't agree more Lee!! And I really hope you'll love Mistborn as much as I did. I'm eager to read your thoughts on it :D

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  3. Harry Potter def has some great and strong females! I personally think of Rose from VA as a heroine I admire. She is strong and loyal to the end, she loves fiercely and kicks butt.

    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. YES. Oh and the VA series is on the top of my list of series to get into next - I even have books 1 & 5 at the ready :) I can't wait to 'meet' Rose!

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  4. Fabulous post. I love your picks!!

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  5. How come I didn't see this yesterday so I could make my own Strong Female Characters post? This is an awesome idea, and I'm marking my calendar for next year;)

    I love that there are a lot of strong female characters we can read about these days, and that they don't necessarily have to be physically strong to be what we see as strong anyway.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. haha aww shucks! It was admittedly a last minute post decision for me too. I woke up & thought: :O I should write up a girl-power post!

      And I so agree with you Lexxie, there are many strong female characters to root for, and as long as they're brave or sacrificing they don't need to be too buff :) I like that some are kick-butt too though!

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  6. This post is MADE of awesome! Seriously, I couldn't agree more with you about Karou, and the ladies of HP, LotR, and Avatar. And your love for Vin is definitely the main reason why I want to read the Mistborn Trilogy!

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    1. Woot! Thank you SO much Aylee :D I can't wait till you 'meet' Vin too and I hope you'll love her as much as I do :D Can't wait to compare notes!!

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  7. So, since Daughter of Smoke and Bone is currently winning the vote for my January TBR list, I thought I'd do a bit of a spy and see how you felt about it, since we share a lot of the same tastes. So, having now read your Goodreads review, found it in your favourite series list and read this post, I'm feeling pretty damn good about it. (Also, aside from the insight on Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this post is just generally awesome!). Also, I'm watching Avatar at the moment and very much enjoying!

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    1. LOL! I love it when you turn into a spy Faith XD We do have quite similar tastes so I do hope you'll love DoS&B as much as I did :D Oh and thank you so much^^ YAY! We'll need to chat Avatar once you're all done ♥

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