February 24, 2015

Top Ten Heroines

Hi guys!
It's time for another TTT post, as usual, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Heroines in books/movies/tv. I'm going to try to stick to books, because this is a book blog, but we'll see where this goes. Just to make this a bit more interesting, I'm going to avoid the super common ones (AKA Katniss and Tris).

This is in no order particularly, just what comes to mind.

1. Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Katsa- This girl has a Grace to kill, which is just as scary as it sounds. She's battling some massive internal demons. She kicks butt. She falls in love while kicking butt. Katsa does it all!

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Celeana Sardothein- She is the most persistent, brave, sarcastically funny, kick-butt assassin I know. To be honest, she's probably the first one who would have come to mind if I hadn't been reading the companion to Graceling, Fire, yesterday.

3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a bit different from the previous two heroines. She's not an assassin, but instead, she faces abuse, harassment, and bullying, but she goes through it all with a brave face and manages to overcome her situation. Eleanor doesn't depend on Park the way some female protagonists do, instead, Rainbow uses Park as a way to further develop Eleanor's character and help us better understand her background. Eleanor is a different kind of heroine, but a really brave one.

4. Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling

Hermione Granger is once again, different from the other heroines featured so far. Hermione's brave and loyal, and she will do anything to save and protect what she loves. She's intelligent and flaunts it. Hermione can be awkward at times, and more often than not she isn't the most likeable person around. But that's what makes Hermione real, what makes her relateable and understandable. She makes this list because she's courageous, extremely smart, and owns it.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liesel is on this list for reasons similar to Eleanor. Her life is tough. Her parents and siblings are dead, her adoptive mother is sometimes abusive, she lives in poverty, and she's in the middle of the Holocaust. But even though tragedy often strikes, Liesel is brave and overcomes whatever obstacles life throws in her way.

6. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Gemma Doyle is great heroine because faces lots of extremely difficult choices and tasks but always manages to maneuver through them and figure out how to create a happily ever after. Ish. Gemma's faced lots of discrimination, but she doesn't let it get in the way of her goals and aspirations.

7. Scandal

Scandal is not a book, it's a TV show. I watched a bit of it before abandoning it because I felt like all the episodes were too similar, but the lead in Scandal is Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington.) Olivia's in charge of cleaning up all the "scandals" in the DC area, and she's a heroine because she has to make extremely difficult choices to save lives and reputations, but she does it so well. Her job is crazy hard and there are a lot of ethical issues with what she does, so it's awesome to see how she owns it.

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Here, I refer to the movie and the book. I loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett. And it had one of the most unusual heroines you could think of: Aibileen. She's an African-American maid who raises the children of white women who don't have time. Armed with her wit, wisdom, and her sassy best friend, Missy, Aibileen takes on the world (or just Mississippi) and changes lots of lives for the better.

9. The Avengers

Black Widow, AKA Natalia Romanova, kicks major butt while saving the lives of her friends and the general public. She's beautiful, lethal, brilliant, and someone you definitely don't want to cross.

10. Twilight

Bella Swan is someone who can't make up her mind, can't function without a man, and is generally quite stupid unless she is quoting Wikipedia. By the way, this one's a joke.

That's it for this post! As usual, these are just my overly opinionated opinions. If you're a Twilight fan, by all means, be one. What did you think? Tell me down below.

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