Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines
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I love some good, strong women in literature, don’t you?
1.- Irene Adler from A Scandhal in Bohemia.- THE woman, one of the two people who could cheat Sherlock Holmes. Need to say more?
2. Marian Halcombe from The Woman in White.- The opposite of weak, always-fainting Laura (or the quintessential Victorian lady)
3.- Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire.- She is not a heroine in the typical sense but she’s a survivor and I admire her for that.
4.- Grace from Alias Grace.- I don’t if many of you would call her a heroine, but she’s definitely a tough girl and one of the most complex characters I’ve explored.
5.- Edna Pontellier from The Awakening.- She was subversive, tough and fought for the only thing she wanted. That’s a heroine for me.
6.- Joanna Mason from When Will there be Good News? .- Another survivor, someone who knows life is worth living. Here is one of my favourite quotes from the book:
No, not those kinds of things. I mean the way we live our lives. There isn’t a template, a pattern that we’re supposed to follow. There ‘s no one watching us to see if we’re doing it properly, there is no properly, we just make it up as we go along.
7.- Daisy Bucannan from The Great Gatsby.- She is not heroine at all, but she managed to move and manipulate two powerful men. That’s a lot of power for a 1920’s stay-at-home mom and wife, right?
8.- The Schlegel Sisters from Howards End.- I fell in love with these two sisters when I read the book. They somehow see the good in life and actively manage their own lives.
9.- Jenny Cooper from The Coroner.- What can I say about her? When interviewing the author, I just have to tell him I’d love to be friends with Jenny and I honestly looked up at her. A 40 year-old woman struggling yet incredibly capable… of everything.
10.- Lisbeth Salander from the Millenium series.- I only read the first installment but I love her. It reminds me of underrated women out there who people think not capable of anything yet they are pure geniuses!