Monday, 24 March 2014

My Top 5 Female Protagonists

 Hello everyone! I recently wrote a blog post called My Top 5 Male Protagonists and as promised, here is the female version. To be honest I had real difficulty picking out books for this one. I've realised that most of the female narrated books I read are romance novels, not exactly empowering or inspiring. When picking my favourite males I had so much to choose from but for this I was seriously lacking some bad ass females. I didn't even realise! From now on I'm going to make to concious effort to read more books narrated by females that aren't romance novels. If anyone has any recommendations then please let me know.  


Min from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
I love Min's narrative. She's recently broken up with her boyfriend(I'd tell you some more about why he's an ass but that would be a spoiler) and is returning all of his things. She's writing letters to accompany each item. I really like her 'bolshie' attitude and general 'bad assness'. I think that Min made a lot of mistakes but at the same time she came to her senses and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself when she needed to. I'd like a sequel to this because I think she'll go far in life and I want to know what she does after high school. Also I recently found out that Daniel Handler is actually Lemony Snicket and I loved the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Damn, why didn't I include Violet?

Bridget from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Who doesn't love Bridget Jones. I feel like she represents just a teeny little bit of all of us. If she had a catch phrase it would be 'you were all thinking it, I just said it'. Bridget is just brutally honest in the best way. Her character is very open about everything and it's just so refreshing in a world where everyone is pretending to be calm and collected.

Carey from If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Carey is a 15 year old girl who has been kept in a trailer in the woods with her younger sister for nearly all of her life. In this book they finally escape and are starting to be integrated back into regular life. I love Carey's unrelenting love for her sister. It is really sweet how much she is willing to do to help her. The girls don't even know what a pencil is and it's so interesting seeing our world from the eyes of someone who doesn't understand it. Carey is a very beautiful and troubled character and it's hard not to fall in love with her.

Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Who doesn't love To Kill A Mockingbird. If you've not heard of it it's about racism in southern USA. I love Scout's narrative because she's so young, naive and blissfully unaware of what's going on in the world. Her innocence really stands out. It's funny that she seems to be a lot nicer and more respectful than half of the adults in this novel. Also I would love to have Atticus Finch as a father so when I read her descriptions of him I just pretend.

Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a female mechanic. This has me liking her already because I have big respect for women that work in male dominated industries. Plus she's a cyborg. How cool is that. She takes the classic Cinderella and turns it upside down. She's a a strong independent women who fights for what she believes in. I love reading her narrative throughout the book, it's great.


Next I'm going to be doing my top 5 series and stand alone novels but if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions then please let me know in the comments.

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