favourite female characters?

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NotYoMomma Sun 15-Sep-13 21:59:31

who are your favourite female characters?

obviously Elizabeth Bennett will have a big following (good!)

I love Hester from Mortal Engines

and Daisy from the Great Gatsby - she is so selfish but perfectly crafted it is a joy to read about her.

oinktopus Sun 15-Sep-13 23:33:49

Orlando (from Orlando, and yes, I know), Zazie (in the Metro), Amaranta (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials), Lisbeth (Millennium series), Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Liesel (The Book Thief), Pelagia (Captain Corelli's Mandolin), Idgie (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe).

DuchessofMalfi Mon 16-Sep-13 14:04:29

Anne Elliot (Persuasion), Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Trilogy), Midori (Norwegian Wood), Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With The Wind - I loathe her, but admire her strength of character and desire to get what she wants), agree Elizabeth Bennet but equally like Jane too and strangely quite admire the wayward Lydia for ignoring society manners and just doing her own thing grin. And so many more smile

carlajean Wed 18-Sep-13 19:05:22

Smilla, from Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Tough yet vulnerable. Becky Sharpe , a very non-Victorian heroine in a Victorian novel

MrsHavisham Wed 18-Sep-13 19:57:25

Dido Twite from the Joan Aitkin books.
Cassandra from I Capture the Castle

MrsHavisham Wed 18-Sep-13 19:58:16

Moll Flanders

LumpySpace Wed 18-Sep-13 20:00:02

Nanny Ogg.

LtEveDallas Wed 18-Sep-13 20:01:33

Lt Eve Dallas of course! smile

LaQueenForADay Wed 18-Sep-13 23:33:33

Oh several of the obvious classic ones I guess like Elizabeth Bennet et al.

But actually the female character that I really found myself admiring was Meridon in 'Meridon' by Philippa Gregory.

I really identified with her (well insofar as I could feasibly identify with an 18th century gypsy foundling who eventually discovers she's an heiress) because she's very aloof, very self contained and sees life through such cynical eyes. She can be alternatively very kind and very cold.

But for the right person she would sell her soul. And it's right at the end when she's offered power and social position and she declares proudly 'No. I'm Will Tyake's whore, and that's all I ever want to be' just sent shivers down my spine.

(you have to read the book to understand that her starement is actually incredibly romantic and empowered, and not a shocking expression of low self esteem)

marissab Thu 19-Sep-13 10:06:25

Not read many classics but loved Lisbet Salander and many of the women in the Sarah Waters novels

tywysogesgymraeg Thu 19-Sep-13 10:08:28

Jo, from Little Women.
Also George from The Famous Five books

(I wanted to be a boy when I was young!!)

Foosyerdoos Fri 20-Sep-13 22:36:11

Aurora Greenway from Tearms of Endearment
Susan Sto Helit from the disc world books

ButterMyArse Sat 21-Sep-13 00:28:48

Anne Shirley
Becky Sharp - wouldn't have her as a friend but I admired her front
Harriet from The Little Friend

HarpyFishwifeTwat Sat 21-Sep-13 19:51:55

Anne Shirley, George from the Famous Five (although was more like Anne as a little girl), Liesel from The Book Thief.

Not a big fan of romantic heroines - they always seem to be too defined by their relationships with men.

thewhitequeen Sat 21-Sep-13 19:57:19

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LauraChant Sat 21-Sep-13 20:02:19

Harriet Vane
Dido Twite
Anne Shirley

minidipper Sat 21-Sep-13 20:10:45

Lucy Snow in Villette and Jane Eyre, both really independent women who ran off, had adventures and lived by their own means at a time when that wasn't done.

Love Flora Post. I want to be Flora Post.

ButterMyArse Sat 21-Sep-13 20:44:34

Ooh, yes, Tess. And also Bathsheba Everdene. Strong woman! I wanted to name DD Bathsheba but was roundly mocked.

ModeratelyObvious Sat 21-Sep-13 23:48:29

Harriet Vane
Phoebe from Three Times Table by Sara Maitland

OverAndAbove Wed 25-Sep-13 18:34:01

Polly Cazalet
Clary Cazalet
Miss Skeeter (The Help)
Juliet Ashton (Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
Miss Annersley (Chalet School)
Dora Belvedon (Jilly Cooper various)
Precious Ramotswe (Ladies No 1 Detective Agency)
Matilda

Oh there are so many good ones!

UptoapointLordCopper Wed 25-Sep-13 20:47:27

Fever Crumb from Fever Crumb. "It's not rational" - love it. Hester is good too.

I've nearly forgotten about Smilla - thank you for reminding me of her carlajean.
She's like Rambo but tougher. grin

V I Warshawski from Sara Paretsky books. She gets scared but still doesn't give up.

iseenodust Thu 26-Sep-13 10:21:13

Spooky. I came on to say VI Warshawski too! Likes men but doesn't need them. Has a good female best friend too.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 26-Sep-13 12:03:31

Iseenodust I read Hard Time (only my 2nd Warshawski book) and am completely won over. What a woman!

tumbletumble Thu 26-Sep-13 19:02:05

Lexie (The Hand That First Held Mine)
Nancy (Swallows and Amazons)
Louise (A Summer Bird-Cage)
Jenny (Love Story)
Linda (The Pursuit of Love)
Jane (The L Shaped Room)

Aso Elizabeth Bennett and Cassandra Mortmain already mentioned.

I came on to say both Elizabeth and Hester. Freaky.

Also love whatshername in No Name and am v fond of Marianne Dashwood too.

And the werewolf officer in Terry Pratchett.

And Petrova in Ballet Shoes - I think she's my favourite favourite.

I detest Daisy Fay - she makes me want to rip pages.

OverAndAbove Thu 26-Sep-13 22:08:53

Oh yes I love Lexie.
And Petrova Fossil ROCKS!

I've turned over from the film of The Lovely Bones because I can't bear to watch it but Susie Salmon is just so sweet

MostlyHarmless84 Tue 01-Oct-13 10:10:32

Granny Weatherwax (Discworld books)
Celie (The Color Purple)
Toby (Year of the Flood)

babybythesea Sat 05-Oct-13 22:43:03

One of my favourites has been mentioned - Idgie from Fired Green Tomatoes.

And Emily Starr, from the Emily of New Moon series. I love her so much I have an Emily of my own, and a copy of the books to give her when she is old enough!

Colyngbourne Sun 06-Oct-13 14:30:36

Hester from Mortal Engines

Fanny Price from Mansfield Park

Valentine Wannop from Parade's End

Dorothea Casaubon from Middlemarch

Kasterborous Sun 06-Oct-13 21:23:26

Precious Ramotswe
Kinsey Millhone

Fanny Price???????!!!!!! I always thought she'd have been more interesting if she'd let \Henry Crawford seduce her tbh. grin

cocoleBOO Mon 07-Oct-13 18:17:08

Kinsey Millhone
Stephanie Plum
Marge from the Faye Kellerman Decker books (hate Rina!)

MrsAMerrick Mon 07-Oct-13 21:57:27

Cassandra Mortmain
Lawrie Marlow

Caitlin17 Sat 26-Oct-13 03:36:26

Can't stand Austen 's interchangeable bores. Becky Sharp.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Mon 28-Oct-13 19:06:06

Ooooo great thread

Agree with Granny Weatherwax, she's the best.

If anyone has read any of the Dorothy Dunnett books the they will know Phillipa Somerville. She is a wonderful character who grows over the books. And Merrily Watkins is a fabulous character, new book out soon.

Favourite classic character has to be Becky Sharp.

LifeHuh Tue 29-Oct-13 01:09:31

Read through the thread thinking "has anyone said Philippa Somerville?"
so,yes - Philippa!

and Granny Weatherwax,Harriet Vane,various fantasy heroes too numerous to mention,and The Provincial Lady (EM Delafield).and Henrietta (Henrietta's House - Elizabeth Goudge)

runawaysimba Tue 29-Oct-13 01:30:27

YY to Granny Weatherwax, and Tiffany Aching too.

NumTumRedRum Tue 29-Oct-13 01:37:06

It has to be Marianne Halcombe for me (Woman in White, Wilkie Collins).

And Mary from The Secret Garden and Fern from Charlotte's web.

Helena Justina

Tiffany Aching

Kinsey Millhone

Laura Ingalls (not exactly fictional though)

Mary Lennox

Jo March

mrswalker13 Tue 29-Oct-13 08:07:58

Grace Marks in Alias Grace. That she's based on a real person makes her even more intriguing!

ThursdayLast Wed 30-Oct-13 12:31:48

Anne Eliot
Thursday Next
Lula from the Stephanie Plum series
The Walsh women of Marian Keyes

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