Top Ten Tuesday: Girls Rock

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The Top Ten topic this week is “looking at our favorite characters in whatever genre you choose.” I am picking a very broad genre this week to work in. I have picked fantasy so that I can include all the sub-genres. And I have made this list a tiny bit more specific in that I have picked kick-ass girls/women in fantasy.

Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series – I have always thought that this series need to be renamed along the lines of this meme which wound it’s way around the internet some time after book 7:

  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis
  • Hermione Granger and the Time I Got Two Idiots Out of a Crisis

Chime

Briony Larkin, Chime – I adore Briony. From the first line in Chime “I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged. Now, if you please.” to the end. For a girl so full of self hatred and doubt, she is so strong.

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One

Cimorene, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Cimorene hates her kingdom. She hates etiquette lessons and dancing and drawing and she runs away to become a dragon’s princess. She doesn’t want to be rescued, thank you very much. What is not to like?

Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)

Georgia Mason, the Newsflesh trilogy – I have only read the first of these and Georgia is by far my favorite recent heroine. She is strong and loyal and does the right thing no matter the cost. “My mother once told me that no women is naked when she comes equipped with a bad mood and a steady glare.” Indeed!

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy – I forgive her her wishy-washy love life and love her for being a kick-ass teen action hero who uses a bow and arrow and loves her sister beyond all things.

The Magicians: A Novel The Magician King: A Novel (The Magicians)

Julia Wicker, The Magicians and The Magician King – Hedge witch, Queen of Fillory, The Best There Is and “A key part of successfully being Julia, it seemed, was not giving a shit if you looked weird.”

Graceling

Lady Katsa, The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy – I have mentioned this before, but this is the natural successor to The Paperbag Princess. She will not marry and she can rescue the prince and the kingdom without his help. And her next step is to train other girls to help themselves too. “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.”

Lessa, the Dragonriders of Pern series – She saves the entire world by risking everything, challenging the status quo and not talking no for an answer.

Offred, The Handmaids Tale – This seems like a strange choice given the lack a triumphant ending, but given the situation that Offred is in, the fact that she gets up every damn day is a strength. The fact that she still finds hope in the world is a miracle of strength.

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

September, Fairyland series – I followed September from when she was a girl in story published on the internet to help keep Catherynne M. Valente and her partner afloat during some trying times. And I could explain why I loved September from the moment I met her but Cat explains it so well over on John Scalzi’s recurring piece The Big Idea.  This book and September are all about saying yes. For Cat and me the idea of pining for home is foreign, “But I would have run wild through a magical kingdom and never looked back. Talking animals? Yes. Witches and monsters? Yes. Dark queens? Absolutely. Give it right here. I would have said yes to all of it.” and September does.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Girls Rock

    1. Thanks! The McCaffrey books are wonderful. I read them first when I was in middle school and have wanted to go back and reread them but have never gotten to it.

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