It’s International Women’s Day, so I thought I could talk about some of my favourite, bad ass, inspiring and just plain great fictional ladies.
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Who doesn’t love Hermione? She’s smart, bossy and lets be honest Harry might be the chosen one but without Hermione he would be no where, well maybe he’d be dead. Hermione’s awesome and an inspiration to every smarty pants everywhere.
Mary Yellan – Jamaica Inn by Daphine Du Maurier
Mary is one of those brilliant, tragic characters, her mother dies and she had no one not a soul in the world. So she he sent to live with her Aunt and Aunts husband at Jamaica Inn, Cornwall. A hive or smuggling activity, darkness and death, Mary can hold her own in a dank and callous world all the while keeping her morals the very centre of who she is.
Claire Fraser – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
A married woman from 1945 time travels to 1743 Scotland and his forced to marry a highlander. Claire is an intelligent, strong woman, she is cultured, a fighter and in a world where she is a second class citizen she shows her self equal to any man. I love her!
Cecila Tallis – Atonement by Ian McEwan
Cecila suffers a huge betrayal and has a character trait I greatly admire- she has the courage of her convictions, and stands by her decisions and by her loves. She is not the type of person to follow the crowd (or even her family). I can’t say anymore without getting all spoiler-y
Margret Hale – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Margret Hale is a great period heroine she is strong, independent and unmarried she might not know it but she is willing to learn and grow as a person. She has a terrific moral code and does not change her beliefs for anyone.
Isabelle Lightwood – Shadow Hunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Izzy is sultry, sexy and has a whip, she’s no push over in fact she’s probably doing the pushing! Izzy fights demons, saves humans and is half angel (a Shadow Hunter to you Mundanes) and at the end of the day she has a heart of gold.
Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This girl won’t just marry anyone, infact she might not marry at all. She’s not intimated by those with more money from a different social class. Lizzie Bennett knows her mind and knows who she is and that’s just some of why we love her.
Dr Alice Tanner – Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Alice is a PHD Graduate with a broken heart when the story begins but by the end she is a woman fighting for family, history, love and justice.
Daenerys Targaryen- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice) by George R.R Martin
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen
Trueborn Queen of the Andals and the First Men
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea
Breaker of Chains
Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdom
Protector of the Realm
Queen of Meereen
The Queen Across the Sea
The Silver Queen
Khaleesi of the Dothraki
Lady of the Seven Kingdoms
First of Her Name
Mother of Dragons.
Is there anymore to say?
So Happy International Women’s Day everyone and Happy reading!