Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are having a great week…and I hope those of you who are living on the East Coast and on the fringe of Hurricane Sandy (like myself) are doing well!
Anyways, awesome topic this week! Could always do with more kick-ass heroines in literature =) Mind you, the following list doesn’t necessarily have women who physically kick-butt but also those who are kick-butt for other reasons (great wit, stands their ground, etc.).
In no particular order:
01. Eowyn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review) — Of course =P Given that there are not very many women featured in LOTR playing an active role in the story (though you know, back in the First Age Galadriel was quite a fierce warrior herself). But what’s great about Eowyn’s role is that while she very much participates in the war, there’s a lot going on behind her actions (her desire to be useful/active, her frustration over being ‘caged’ because of position as a woman, her bitterness because she was helpless as her uncle succumbed to Grima/Saruman’s manipulation, etc.). It’s fascinating.
02. Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy (review) — Vin is such a bad-ass! In a way she has to be because of the hard life she had out on the streets where she had to fight and con her way to survive. People have abandoned her along the way or mistreated her so she’s never had a stable, nurturing relationship. They’re experiences that over the course of the trilogy she learns to overcome as she meets people who care for her and who become her friends. Oh, and she can still kick butt regardless =P
03. Azhure from Sara Douglass’ The Axis trilogy — Another female character from the fantasy genre who had a really bad life prior to the events of the novel. It’s pretty brutal when you learn the details and you want nothing but the best for this character but what’s really great about her is that she’s able to overcome that really bleak side of her life and found some measure of happiness and wholeness (amidst, you know, a war and some melodrama). Oh yeah, and did I mention she’s a heck of a fighter?
04. Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (review) — Margaret is awesome and made the list because she totally showed them Northerners that she’s not some delicate woman from the south of England ^_~ Sure, the move was sudden and confusing for her and her family and they have to adapt to the different customs of the north but Margaret from the first page of the novel knows her own mind and has this sense of compassion that makes her quite a force in Milton to contend with.
05. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice — Another fiery, sharp character brought to you by 19th century literature =) I wish I was just as witty and observant and resilient verbally as she is, she definitely stands her ground when push comes to shove but also knows when she’s in the wrong. I think that makes her pretty kick-ass in my books ^_~
06. Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre — How could she not end up on this list? She had just a horrible and ultimately sad childhood that it was great and a comfort to see her grow up to a solid young woman who knows her own mind. She could’ve lashed out angrily at those who had hurt her in the past but she instead learned to forgive them and treat them kindly nonetheless. Not only is it brave but pretty kick-ass.
07. Arya Stark from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (commentary) — Like many, I immediately liked Arya’s character from the very beginning. She was tough, refused to play the role of the gentle noble lady like her older sister Sansa and was closest to her half-brother Jon Snow, also an outsider. It’s interesting to see her survive and stand up against every bleak obstacle she’s faced but it’s even astonishing (and even frightening–I got very protective of her as the books progressed) when you remember that she girl is only ten in the books (about).
08. Kahlan Amnell from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series — I’ve only read the first book, Wizard’s First Rule but Kahlan definitely stood out for me in the story. She’s a very gifted Confessor who’s so strong that she was elevated to Mother Confessor at a very young age. She’s beautiful and graceful but she can be very fearsome if crossed or if someone she loves is in great danger.
09. Chiara from Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series — Smart, beautiful, a great cook and an Israeli intelligence officer? Yeah, that’s pretty kick-ass. And it just so happens that she’s married to the titular character of the series who’s a formidable agent in his own right. Given that he has plenty of enemies and has been in plenty of harrowing situations over the course of the series (so far), she not only serves as a rock of refuge/calm/stability for Gabriel but when push comes to shove, she can certainly hold her own.
10. Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels — As the granddaughter of Death, I guess it’d be a given that she’d be pretty kick-ass ^_~ Susan inherited a good number of Death’s abilities, from speaking IN THE VOICE to walking between realms/realities/walls. Yet she’s super sensible and thoughtful and she’s not intimidated easily. I mean, fighting bed monsters with a fire poker? lol.
And those are my choices for this week! I’m sure I missed a bajillion other characters but alas, running out of brain power here. Who were your choices for this week’s TTT?