Hey there! I didn’t originally intend to post today – even-numbered days are my days off! – but Cait @ Paper Fury tagged me in The Heroine Tag and… it looks really cool, so of course I had to jump in! I love heroines.
Also, it’s quite appropriate that I’m publishing this the day before my post for My Hero Monday, isn’t it?
P.S. This tag evidently doesn’t have any rules, which means I’m not limited to discussing only literary heroines, right? Right?! So I’m going to talk mostly about heroines from books, but also about a few ladies from TV shows and movies. Because awesome heroines are everywhere.
Ash from Ash by Malinda Lo! I mean, her evil stepmother and stepsisters make her do loads of chores (yes, this is a retelling of “Cinderella”) but on the other hand, fairies. She meets fairies and has a cute girlfriend and that just sounds like the most amazing life to me.
Which heroine would you push off a cliff while hoping that there are some jagged rocks at the bottom?
I would dearly love to do this to Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I liked Anna and Isla, the other protagonists from this trilogy, but Lola is just… no. She’s a brat. She thinks everyone and everything revolves around her!
A heroine you couldn’t care less about? (They’re so bland that they don’t even trigger the hate in you.)
Tris Prior from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, definitely. She’s sooooo dull and nothing in her personality appeals to me. Right now I have the second book, Insurgent, checked out from the library for the THIRD time because I keep trying and trying to read it but it’s just so boring that… I can’t. It’s so frustrating because I can usually manage to slog my way through any book, even the dreariest of classics.
A heroine I thought I wouldn’t like: I didn’t expect to like Donna Noble from Doctor Who! I never hated her or anything like that, but I was kind of unimpressed by her first episode. I’d heard a lot about her from my friends who were already Whovians and when I saw her I was like, “That’s it? That’s the great Donna Noble?” But then I kept watching and realized that SHE IS AMAZING. She’s my favorite companion now.
A heroine I thought I would like: I was SO EXCITED to read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in part because Hazel sounded cool. And then I read it. She was pretentious, spoiled, and had this weird Insta-Love thing with Gus. UGH.
A side heroine who is much more interesting than the main heroine?
TANITH LOW TANITH LOW TANITH LOW.
[Clears throat] Um. Sorry about that. Anyway, I really adore Tanith Low from Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series. I don’t necessarily think she’s better than Valkyrie Cain, the books’ protagonist, but she’s definitely equal to her. She’s eighty years old but looks twenty (because magic), and kicks butt with a sword, and can run up walls and across ceilings. I may or may not have a gigantic crush on her.
And then in book five a THING happens to her and I don’t want to spoil the story for
anyone, but anyway. It’s interesting and makes me feel ALL THE FEELINGS and really changes the course of the plot.
P.S. She even gets her own book eventually! The Maleficent Seven is a novella set between the seventh and eighth books.
Which heroine would you want as your friend?
Oh gosh, now this is a difficult question because I want to say ALL THE HEROINES. So. Um. I think I might like hanging out with Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – she’s an introvert, too, so I think we’d have a lot of… quiet, dorky fun together. I don’t really do well around people who have super-perky personalities, you know?
Which heroine do you wish would just CHOOSE between the
guys girls in her little love triangle?
Love triangles where a girl has to choose between two boys don’t interest me very much, so… Laura from the webseries Carmilla needs to choose between her two (female) crushes: her roommate/vampire Carmilla, or Danny, the TA of her English class. I don’t want to spoil the ending of season one for anyone, so I’ll just say that she did pick one of them buuuuut… the other girl looked so sad about it! And season two has been confirmed, so it’s totally possible that Laura will veer back and forth between them. Because they’re both pretty awesome and cute.
A “bad girl” heroine?
Cam, I think. She’s from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. I actually really like her, but WHOA. She smokes, drinks, gets stoned, and shoplifts basically all the time.
(“Shenanigans” is such a lovely word, isn’t it?!)
A “good girl” heroine?
Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater! She’s very sensible, and kind, and helpful. I strongly admire her!
Your favorite heroine of them all? (If you can’t choose, pick your top three.)
- Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I love her spirit – stubborn yet broken, kind yet a loner.
- Blue Sargent again, because I see myself reflected in her – and I also see who I’d like to be.
- Valkyrie Cain! I’ve loved seeing her grow up over the course of the series, from age twelve to age eighteen. She’s learned so much magic and changed so much throughout the story.
- Sabrina Wolfheart @ Books and Bark
- Mawa Mahima @ All Things Wordy
- Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes
- Alex @ Miss Alexandrina Brant
- Charley Robson @ Charley R’s Leaning Tower of Plot
As always, feel free to answer the questions here on your own blog whether or not you were tagged!
Talk to me, peoples! Who are YOUR favorite leading ladies? Why do you like them so much?