11.3.16

Discussion: Strong, Badass, and Inspirational Women in Fiction

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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.  



Which fictional women inspire you? 




16 comments:

  1. Yes. Yes. YES! I love female characters that don't always get down and dirty to be strong but have no problem doing it when they need to. I love Eleanor for doubting herself despite being brave and tough. I love Kestrel for using her mind instead of buying into the prevailing idea that she has to be a wife or soldier. I haven't finished the Red Rising trilogy but Mustang was my favorite character in the first book for all these reasons. Great post!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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    1. ME TOO! Mustang gets EVEN BETTER as the series goes on. I love that she never lets Darrow get away with crap like trying to protect her. She reminds me of a pricklier Kestrel. :P Thanks!

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  2. I loved Kestrel too! I wasn't the biggest fan of the book, but she was so clever. I loved how she was cunning and really smart - a different type of badass to lots of other kickass protagonists! I haven't read Red Rising yet, but now I really want to, especially because there's a badass lady in it :D

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. Yes, I agree. I love that she wasn't much of a fighter but was still awesome. You don't get as many of those characters. Read it, it's SO good!

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  3. I absolutely love Kestrel, Hermione, and Annabeth Chase: they are all extremely intelligent, and they prove that your mind can be one of the most powerful weapons. Thanks for sharing CJ and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

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    1. I probably will love Annabeth but I've only seen the movie (I know, I know!). Smart girls are the best! <3 Thanks, Zoe!

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  4. Karou from The Daughter of Smoke and Bones series. I actually dyed a chunk of hair blue and called it my 'Karou Blue' streak.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. Yes! I almost put her but I didn't want the list to go on forever. I'm jealous of your blue streak. :D

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  5. Yes, yres, and yes to Alyssa, Hermione, and Sophie. I didn't even know Howl's Moving Castle was a book until I saw A.G.talking about it. I want tyo read the other two books in the trilogy also. I have Red Rising and Golden Son, but I have not read them yet. I will be looking forward to reading about Mustang. I would probably have Luna Lovegood on my list, too. :)

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    1. It's a weird trilogy because Howl and Sophie aren't the main characters in the others, but they're still awesome and I love Abdullah. Mustang is awesome! Luna is another one I was gonna put and then ran out of steam. She's so quirky and brilliant.

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  6. YES to Hermione and I agree with comments on Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone! Women do OWN fiction ♥ I still need to meet Eleanor, Mustang, Alyssa, Kestrel AND Sophie but all of their stories are on my tbr shelf and I own quite of few of them so...SOON :D

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    1. As they should. ;) GAH I can't wait for you to meet them! I look forward to your reviews!

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  7. YASSSSS! Hermione, Kestral, Sophie are amazing ladies! I also like Veronica Mars, Cinder, Ms. Marvel, and Annabeth Chase!
    ~Sara

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    1. I've never watched Veronica Mars. This needs to happen.

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