badass women of lit
Women own fiction!
My brain has been a little bogged down lately, so I decided to join Beauty & The Bookshelf's awesome slump-busting challenge! Today's prompt is in belated celebration of International Women's Day, where I talk about just some of the fictional women who keep me going. I'd need many more posts to name them all!
eleanor fitt of something strange and deadly by susan dennard
Sassy and feminine, Ms. Fitt isn't afraid to buck tradition or kick in a few Dead kneecaps to save the world. She struggles with her identity and her magic, but is willing to listen to her friends too. And to give people a second chance.
mustang of red rising by pierce brown
Virginia aka Mustang is a fierce, determined diplomat. She's loyal to her friends and ice to her enemies, and she's not afraid to be brutal--but she also dreams of a better world where she doesn't have to be. Don't mistake her for a pushover; she has loads of self-respect and doesn't suffer fools. She won't be soft and simpering and you'd damn well better get used to it.
alyssa of splintered by a.g. howard
Part human, part Wonderland creature, Alyssa is the best--and worst--of both worlds. She may not always know what she wants, but she's also not afraid to sacrifice herself for what she believes in. And no matter how many people tell her she "can't," she won't let that stop her. And she'll happily tell them to shove it.
kestrel of the winner's curse by marie rutkowski
You can wear dresses and be strong (no matter what the horrendous new covers suggest). Kestrel's power is in her words, her wit, and her wiles--although she's alright with a dagger, too. She's not afraid to make tough choices. She's also always ten steps ahead of everyone else, and doesn't mind taking credit for her talents.
hermione of harry potter by jk rowling
Where would we be without Hermione? She taught us that brains can save the day, bravery is about more than rushing into danger, and friendship is everything. Let's be real--Harry and Ron would be way dead without her.
sophie of howl's moving castle by diana wynne jones
Sophie just wanted a quiet life but, when a curse turns her into an old women, she takes it in stride and strikes out to find her fortune. Even though it scares her, she tangles with demons, evil witches, and whiny wizards, and takes charge of her own life.