For this weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and The Bookish are prompting us to come up with a list of ten characters that could lead pretty much anything. I’ve decided to dedicated my list to my favourite strong female leader characters.
I love any book with a strong female character. One that knows what she wants and has her heart in the right place. Throughout the years I’ve met many women, I look up to, so this is just a small collection to get you started.
1. Matilda (Matilda)
Those of you who are familiar with my blog, will know that I’m a bit of a Matilda fan. She is such a smart little girl with an enormous heart. And I think she’ll lead us into a world where there is love, fun and lots of books.
2. Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Longstocking)
Continuing with the strong little girls, I obviously had to add Pippi. She doesn’t care at all about what others thinks and just does what she believes is right. And yes, she might get the occasional thing “wrong”, but she never means any harm. I feel like we could learn a lot from her.
3. Faina (The Snow Child)
Another little girl who has more strength than many grown up woman. For me, Faina stands for strength, beauty, nature and magic. And shouldn’t those four things be in all of our lives? I’m sure that Faina could teach us a great deal about being one with nature and believing in one’s own independent strengths.
4. Josephine March (Little Women)
As you can see, there are many young girls who I think could do a better job in leading us than many grown up people. And Jo should probably be at the top of that list. I’m sure that she would screw up every now and then because she is impulsive and has a quick mouth. But like Pippi, she has the heart in the right place and I feel like often that is more important than always doing the right thing.
5. Meg March (Little Women)
Contrary to her sister, Meg is much more thoughtful and doesn’t just do things because they feel right. She is the typical loving older sister and I feel like there is nothing wrong with being thoughtful and trying to do what’s right. Life might be a bit more “boring” with her as a leader, but I feel like it would be much more secure and steady.
6. Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter)
Now Hester is maybe a bit more of a complex character. I love The Scarlet Letter and am always amazed by Hester’s strength and silent bearing of the scarlet letter. The way she turns a symbol of shame into a symbol of grace and love is remarkable.
7. Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice)
She had to be here somewhere, didn’t she? I must admit, that I’ve never managed to actually read the book, but Elizabeth is such a classic strong, stubborn and independent woman that I had to put her on here. Like all the other women or girls from this list, she has many flaws, but I feel like it’s her flaws that makes her a good leader because she is relatable. And she knows them. Which is probably just as important as the first one.
8. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)
I’ve recently fallen in love with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Such a good book! And so many good characters. Amongst them Jane Eyre herself. She might be plain and pale, but she is strong-willed, doesn’t given in to temptation and has a sense of independence and servitude at the same time that I feel remarkable. There are many scenes in the book, where she stands by what feels right and I believe that it would do us much good to do the same every now and then.
9. Agnes Grey (Agnes Grey)
Another Brontë book, from another Brontë sister. I feel like they knew how to write strong female protagonist. Like Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey also faces many hardships in life. But she is determined to be independent, work hard and help those around her. What more could you want, really?
10. Nikki (The Silver Linings Playbook)
Nikki is maybe not much of an obvious choice. She has many demons haunting her. Don’t we all? So I feel like Nikki could do all our hurt and broken hearts a load of good and give us an example for someone who doesn’t give up, and is capable of feeling deeply even when those feelings might break her.
So. This is my list. Who would you want to lead you? Are there any other strong female characters that you look up to? I would love to hear your picks, so leave me a link to your post, or just let me know in the comments below. 🙂