Okay, so I am SUPER excited today because this is my first foray joining in with a weekly feature/meme. I chose this one from one of the blogs that first inspired me to start a book blog of my own: The Broke and the Bookish!
I realized as I was creating this list that SO MANY of these heroines are from books I read and loved as a child. I think this is because those were my formative years as a reader, and those heroines are the ones that had the most impact on me. But I also think that I just haven’t read that many adult books with strong, memorable heroines.
Oh, Eloise. I just love her. I love that she never allows herself to get bored. I love that she has such a rough life (her mother is never there, she’s essentially raised by a nanny), but she never allows herself to feel down. And I love that she knows that an empty tissue box makes a very good hat and that paper cups are very good for talking to Mars.
Ramona was, and will always be, one of my very favorite book characters. She is also the one I could relate to the most at her age. She struggles to find her place in her world, as the younger sister to “perfect” Beezus and the big sister to new addition Roberta. She does everything she can to please her parents and teachers, but struggles with mistakes and challenges along the way.
I remember my mother getting me this book when I was in the sixth grade, and I sort of turned my nose up at it because it was a “classic,” and therefore I didn’t think I would like it very much. How wrong I was! I related to Jo in a way I couldn’t imagine relating to any character from a stodgy old classic. At that age, I wanted to be a writer more than anything else in the world, and Jo was such an inspiration to me.
Anne Shirley will always have a special place in my heart. I loved how spunky she was, how she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, and how her imagination always seemed to run away from her.
I feel like Elizabeth came into my life right when I needed her most. In high school, every one of my friends was as boy-crazy and short-sighted as Elizabeth’s sister Lydia. Elizabeth was the perfect contrast, and I loved how she approached her relationships and life.
I loved how Matilda turned to books to find the companionship she lacked in her life. I love how she has such a strong sense of right and wrong, and how she believes that she can change things for the better – and does!