This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is a free choice, so I thought that I would write about something that I am passionate about, female leads in fiction. Not all of these women are heroes in the slaying monsters sense, but all have been inspirational to me.
1: Matilda Wormwood
Who hasn’t felt inspired by this little girl. I remember reading this book as a child and wanting to read as much as her, but always thought that it was impossible. While I would still say that I am no way near as well read as this amazing child, I think I have gone further down this path than I ever thought that I would.
2: Hermione Granger
I know that this one is even more cliche than the first, but for a long time Hermione was the only character I read that loved to read and got heavily involved in dangerous adventures. She was who I wanted to be in both the Wizarding World and in real life, though I still need to have more adventures.
3: Tris Prior
Tris was the character that properly got me hooked into dystopian fiction, and made me believed that I could do anything if I believed in it enough. I also liked the fact that at the start of the book she has no skills, yet she learns how to fight throughout the series. As someone with no physical skill set, I felt that it was not too late to become badass.
4: Celaena Sardothien
I loved how ruthless Celaena was in the first book, and how she could handle anything that was thrown her way. When I started reading this series, I thought that she was a master of everything, not understanding the layers of her character that are revealed later on in the series.
5: Alaska Young
That life library though. The one thing I envied her was the wall of books that she had. This was also the character to get me to start marking my books, and to teach me that books are not to be preserved, but are there to preserve the emotions that the stories give.
6: Arya Stark
Another ruthless badass sword wielding character who works hard to pursue what she is passionate about, and remains true to herself while doing it (at least in the first few books).
7: Annabeth Chase
The thing I love about Annabeth is that she is knows things but still has times of confusion. She is quick to share the information she is passionate about, but doesn’t necessarily have all of the answers immediately. She can also hold her own in a fight, but isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it.
The protagonist from the New World trilogy has an unusual set of survival skills, in that she has street smarts and cunning rather than brute force. She also has a dislike for romance books, which is something I am always happy to see!
The greek Goddess who is powerful and respected, shows a more practical and every day side to the mix of book knowledge and fighting ability that I admire in my heroes (in case you haven’t noticed).
Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone has blue hair. For years as a teen, I wanted blue hair, but my school wouldn’t allow it. I finally have my wish, but will always feel something towards this character for being someone who I could share that dream with.
Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for creating the Top 10 Tuesday Tag