Top Ten Tuesday: Kick-Ass Heroines

This week at The Broke and The Bookish Kimberly lists her Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines.  Of course the first one to come to mind was Katniss so I figured she would be on almost everyone’s list. I tried to go a little less obvious here.

The Lord of the Rings

1. Éowyn – “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.” 

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

2. September – “Of course not. No one is chosen. Not ever. Not in the real world. You chose to climb out of your window and ride on a leopard. You chose to get a witch’s Spoon back, and to make friends with a wyvern. You chose to trade your shadow for a child’s life. You chose not to let the Marquess hurt your friend–you chose to smash her cages! You chose to face your own Death, not to balk at a great sea to cross and no ship to cross it in. And twice now you have chosen not to go home when you might have, if only you abandoned your friends. You are not the chosen one, September. Fairyland did not choose you–you chose yourself. You could have had a lovely holiday in Fairyland and never met the Marquess, never worried yourself with local politics, had a romp with a few brownies and gone home with enough memories for a lifetime’s worth of novels. But you didn’t. You chose. You chose it all. Just like you chose your path on the beach: to lose your heart is not a path for the faint and fainting.”

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Dover Thrift Editions) Peter Pan The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)

3. Alice/Wendy/Dorothy
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice
“Wendy was grown up. You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. In the end she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than other girls.” – Wendy
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” – Dorothy

The Wee Free Men (Discworld) A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men Wintersmith (Discworld)

4. Tiffany Aching – “I should have learned this, she thought. I wanted to learn fire, and pain, but I should have learned people.”

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

5. Hermione Granger – “Are you sure that’s a real spell? Well, it’s not very good is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells myself and they’ve all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, it’s the best school of witchcraft there is I’ve heard – I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?”


6. Katsa – “How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people – girls, women – went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”

Princess of the Midnight Ball

7. Princesses Rose, Lily, Poppy – “Oh, Maria, it’s been simply awful. But it’s all over now.”

Tam Lin

8. Janet – “Janet has kilted her green kirtle
A little aboon her knee,
And she has broded her yellow hair
A little aboon her bree,
And she’s awa to Carterhaugh
As fast as she can hie.”


9. Claudia – “And what would they be scared of? There’s nothing to fear in a perfect world, is there?”


10. Deryn Sharp – “Deryn felt brilliant, rising through the air at the center off everyone’s attention, like an acrobat aloft on a swing. She wanted to make a speech:
Hey, all you sods, I can fly and you can’t! A natural airman, in case you haven’t noticed. And in conclusion, I’d like to add that I’m a girl and you can all get stuffed!”

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