29 February 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Heroine

Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one ... I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
Where to start? In random order:

Thursday Next gets to dive right into all sorts of good books (hard not to be jealous of that!) and is capable of dealing with even the stickiest (or most outlandish) of situations. She’s definitely someone you’d want to have around in a book-related crisis.

Claire Randall from the Outlander series. She’s one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever encountered, and lives as vividly in memory as she does on the page. Anyone who can adapt to the harshness of eighteenth-century life and warfare would win my admiration; Claire’s courage, humour, quick thinking and love for Jamie have fixed her as one of my all-time favourites.

I’ve seen her mentioned a few times so far and have to agree: Jane Eyre. I love seeing the quiet, downtrodden child grow up and triumph, I love her adherence to her principles, and I love that Mr. Rochester loves her for her mind. I’m weird that way. I’d far rather be considered smart than pretty; and I’d rather not be thought pretty at all, than to have someone notice my looks without giving a thought to the brain behind them. To me, what Jane finds at the end of the book really is true love.

And finally and most predictably ... Elizabeth Bennet. How can you not love a girl who’ll tell even the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh exactly what she thinks of her? That scene is one of my favourites ... and that book is one I must re-read at the first opportunity!

They’re the ones that spring to mind at midnight-ish, and I’m sure that by tomorrow morning I’ll have thought of at least four more!

Or, by the time two minutes are up! How could I (almost) forget Hermione Granger? She shares my approach to problem-solving: When in doubt, find a book.


Chris said...

I agree with so many on your list!

Tia Nevitt said...

I like all of your favorites. I probably would not have thought to put Claire Randall on my list, but I do agree with you about her.

As for Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet: I agree perfectly. Love both of those characters.

I would not have thought of Hermione either, but I agree there as well.

I also loved Rebecca in Ivanhoe and I wished she had a bigger part. She had Brian de Bois-Guilbert all wound up. He was a great villain, incidently.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't thought about Thursday Next, but yes she has to be pretty high up there. How can you not like someone who nurtures a pet dodo?

Bookfool said...

Good choices. Tthat scene between Elizabeth Bennet and Lady Catherine is a favorite of mine, as well.

Marg said...

I can't believe I forgot Thursday Next!

joanna said...

I've seen Claire Randall mentioned a few times now, I'll have to read the Outlander series!

Literary Feline said...

Thursday Next, of course! I think because I've only met her once so far, she didn't come to mind immediately. Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet made my list as well.

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