Hello everybody and happy international women's day to all these beautiful ladies who are reading this post! I decided to do something for this day that occurred March 8th, even though it's late.
Before getting into the list I prepared, can we take a moment to appreciate women in general? We are amazing, independent, essential! Really, what would society and the world be without us?? White, black, catholic, muslim, Italian, American who cares! We need to be together and respect each other, we have the same gender in common after all.
Now that I said what I had to, let me tell you my favourite female fictional characters:
1) I have just finished reading this book -which I recommend to you- that talks about two strong women that I have found to be an example for me, Laila and Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
Laila and Mariam, even though are pretty different characters, are still similar. They want freedom and peace. Something that we -people who live in countries in where there are not wars- take for granted. Despite all these terrible things happening to them, they hope for the best and endure. Complex, real, Mariam and Laila are the kind of woman I want to become, strong and kind at the same time.
2) Let's talk about Blue Sargent now! The female protagonist of The Raven Cycle.
“Each snowflake was a sigh heard by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. All the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how women suffer.”
At first glance, she could be thought of a weird and nothing-else-girl, but when we learn to know her, we realize how wrong we were. Blue Sargent and all the women in 300 Fox Way are magical and interesting. Blue in particular is the kind of girl that isn't afraid to say what she has to and the kind of girl who knows who herself is and shows it to the others too. We could call her original? The sentence 'be who you are' gets finally a meaning with her.
"Today, Blue thought, is the day I stop listening to the future and start living it instead."
3) Celaena Sardothien (no one is suprised, I know) from Throne of Glass series.
(I am always afraid to spell her name wrongg) is the classic example of the assassin who wants to be femenine. I liked this aspect a lot. Look, I know that women don't need clothes, hair and make up to be called women, but this feminity I found in Throne of Glass makes me feel related to the main character. Plus, Celeana's outfits are in my dreams.
"My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid."
4) This seems a little bit cliché, but Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series!
I always found myself in her bookworm-ness (?) and study aspect. She is not the prettiest girl, always reading, come on. Many girls can relate to her so much, I am sure of it. She represents a lot of young girls and I am so glad such a great author as J.K. Rowling created her.
"But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can't go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."
5) Jane Eyre from the book of the same name by Charlotte Brontë!
Jane, Jane, Jane. I could mention a billion reasons why she has to be on this list. She is basically who I want to be: passionate about freedom, intelligent, mature and perfectly being able to fall in love and maintain her indipendence.
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
6) Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy series.
Rose is sarcastic, reckless, kick-ass heroine that deserves to be mentioned!
"By the way, my name's Rose Hathaway. I'm seventeen years old, training to protect and kill vampires, in love with a completely unsuitable guy, and have a best friend whose weird magic could drive her crazy.Hey, no one said high school was easy."7) Claire from The Son (The Giver #4).
I don't hear talking about The Giver so much and I am sorry for it. These books are really great and even more great are their characters: Claire, in particular, taught me the sacrificies a mother has to make for her son. This book is so pure and so is she!
8) Tris from Divergent series.
"Alys told her that it was the way of women, to tote a newborn and then adjust as it grew until by the time the child was plump and heavy, the weight seemed naught."
Tris is the example of how a girl could be brave and altruistic at the same time. She is the symbol of the sacrifice and that makes me so glad fictional characters like her exist.
"And I'm the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her."9) Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
I just love the way she is. Stubborn and fearless.
"If he wants me broken, then I will have to be whole."
10) Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson series.
Annabeth is intelligent, funny (duhh) and surely a great example.
What are your favourite female characters? Do you like some of mine? What do you think of women in literature? Comment with your answers below!
"I learned a long time ago: Never bet against Annabeth."