In this post, I am going to be sharing my favourite ten female characters in my favourite books. Young Adult books nowadays are filled with strong, independent women and I feel this is what we should all aspire to be like.
Honourable mentions: Zoe Murphy; Ginny Weasley; Bronwyn and Maeve Rojas; Addy and Ashton Prentiss; Luna Lovegood
10 – Emma Bloom
Jacob Portman’s love interest, and with fire at her fingertips, Emma definitely was a large part of the battle going on throughout the initial trilogy. Was it just me that found her slightly annoying in A Map of Days? Maybe it was just because America has a connection to Abe, or she felt removed from Peculiardom. I do really like Emma though, and I look forward to seeing how her character develops in the rest of the series.
9 – June Iparis
The prodigy. How anyone can be that smart to count time exactly, score 100% in the Trials, is beyond me (I know this series is fiction, but her character still blows my mind). I love the way she uncovers every hidden truth about the corrupt republic. But her decision at the end of Champion??? But what is a book without a questionable decision from one of the main characters?
8 – Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong
I felt like I had to put these two girls together, as it’s impossible to choose a favourite between them. Watching them grow throughout the series and solving murder mysteries with them has been so much fun. It’s hard to believe that the series draws to a close in Egypt, in August, but I can’t wait to read all about the detective society solving their final mystery together.
7 – Feyre Archeron
Even though I’ve only read the first book in this series so far, I had to include Feyre on this list. Her bravery is endless, and she fought Naga mainly on her own!! I can’t wait to see how her character develops throughout the rest of the series.
6 – Manon Blackbeak
From the moment that we first meet Manon in Heir of Fire, we can immediately see her strength and character (how many characters make their first appearance by ripping out someone’s throat?). In every moment she is focussed on in the books, she shows her inherited brutal nature as part of the Thirteen.
5 – Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine
The ward of many peculiar children, Miss Peregrine had to be included on this list. Although her brothers could not be more different to her, her shape-shifting and time-turning abilities make her stand out. I do feel that in A Map of Days, her attitudes towards the ‘children’ changed, as for the first time in over 60 years, the children were growing older. I would love to be an ymbryne though, what would your peculiarity be?
4 – Hermione Granger
The brightest witch of her age. Who doesn’t love Hermione? Definitely the ‘brains’ of the Golden Trio, she played an invaluble role in destroying Voldemort. If there’s a spell, Hermione can do it. She goes from being (in Ron’s opinion) a ‘nightmare’ to his wife.
3 – Liesel Meminger
The Book Thief! Stealing books from the communal book burnings, I feel like Liesel’s passion for reading echoes mine. Her relationships with the other characters helps to develop her character arc throughout the story.
2 – Sephy Hadley
Of course, I had to include a character from my favourite book series ever! Sephy is a very strong character, who speaks out against the unjustified racism in the story. Despite her having difficult decisions to make throughout the series, her character develops in a positive way.
1 – Celaena Sardothien
Despite her being a brutal, coldhearted assassin, I did grow to like Celaena throughout the series. She faces many turning points throughout the series, and it’s very difficult to explain why I like her so much without giving away the plot! As tempting as it may be, NEVER read the last line of any Throne of Glass book before you get to it – as the one time that I did this, it revealed a MASSIVE spoiler which did kind of ruin the ending of the book.
Who are your favourite female book characters? Please comment with your thoughts.
Next Wednesday, I will be posting my top 10 male book characters.