Last week I put up this post, asking about readers’ favourite female protagonists in literature. I wanted to compile a list, but decided that I could only give my stamp of approval to characters from books I have already read!
So here are my ten literary wonder women…
Jean Paget – Feminine, but tough in the face of adversity and a visionary philanthropist. From Neville Shute’s A Town Like Alice.
Marion Halcombe – Un-pretty but intelligent and resourceful, and a fabulous heroine in The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Jo March – A tomboy with a passion for writing who is always getting herself into trouble in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women
George Kirrin – Another adventurous and courageous tomboy from Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five children’s books.
Betty Vanderpoel – Rescues her downtrodden sister with panache in The Shuttle, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Jean Brodie – Charismatic and (dubiously) opinionated teacher in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Hermione Granger – Wonderfully sparky, girl-geek from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
Matilda Wormwood – A brave little girl with a love of books who stands up to her bullying head-teacher in Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Maya – Overcomes racism and personal trauma in coming of age novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Antigone, Classical heroine who stands up for what she believes in despite facing punishment by death in Sophocles’ Antigone (Oedipus Tragedies)
There are quite a few books I now want to read after all your suggestions including Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (for Becky Sharp), Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (for Miss Taggart) and Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen (for Elizabeth Bennet) as I’ve only seen the TV series, whoops!
What do you think of my top ten?