Whether you’re an avid reader of YA or a big fan of the classics, there are amazing heroines all over the world of literature.
5. Scout Finch- To some, Scout may seem like the casual observer to the events in To Kill A Mockingbird, but it is important to remember that she wrote the novel. Technically, Harper Lee wrote the novel. But Harper Lee creates an amazing (and slightly autobiographical), voice that is so engaging, you get lost in the book. But when you stop to think about it, Scout is a great mind. She is a great observer of the narrative, and great writer, and a great thinker just like her father. She is also fun, and funny. The perfect tomboy for adventurous girls to read about.
4. Katniss Everdeen- Katniss is pretty awesome. Everyone kind of knows this already, as the films based on The Hunger Games are essentially box office gold. But anyone who doesn’t understand the hype probably hasn’t thought about Katniss and what she represents to scores of young female readers. Katniss is vulnerable, and in some cases she is deeply flawed (she spends most of Mockingjay as a pawn), but she also stands up for what is right. She has an inner strength that is enviable, great to read about, and that makes her a great role model.
3. Jane Eyre- Jane may marry a guy who is a bit messed up. And she may seem to be a bit prudish and reserved. But actually, Jane is like the moors that she traverses. She is cloudy and mysterious and ready to break out into a tumult of lightening at any moment. The thing about Jane Eyre, both as a person and as a novel, is that she fights for her own self-respect. She never does anything that would make her disrespected by others or by herself, and that makes her a pretty incredible heroine.
2. Hermione Granger- Hermione is the heat of the Harry Potter books. Well, one of them. The book series has a lot of heart. But when it comes to heroines and female role models, it is difficult to beat Hermione Granger, who is unabashedly awesome throughout seven books. She works hard, and she is also a lot of fun, she is a great friend, and she also has her moments of weakness. She is a powerful witch, and a force to be reckoned with. She might be the best heroine in all of fiction, were it not for…
1. Elizabeth Bennet- There are people out there who aren’t Jane Austen fans. They just don’t get it. To those people I say “Elizabeth Bennet.” And if that still means nothing to them, then there is this: Elizabeth Bennet is an awesome character. She is strong-willed and independent in a time when that wasn’t a cliche for a central female character to be. In fact, her strong will is part of the reason the book has lasted for centuries. She also has a good sense of humor and an even better sense of self. She never does anything that would compromise her values, or her happiness, even if it would be the financially or socially smart choice. Many of the characters that followed her, and probably a few on this list, owe Lizzie Bennet a debt of gratitude.