Top Ten Tuesdays – Fictional Heroines (and also Amy Poehler)

(Apologies for not posting this yesterday, but I was sick and in no mood to form coherent thoughts)

This week’s Tuesday prompt is one of my favourites – heroines. I’ve talked about the importance of strong characters. How they’re the backbone of any good story. Strong female characters are seriously lacking in many genres, but they get to shine more frequently in literature. Not always, but often. So, when I was putting this post together, I was trying to think about what makes a female character stand out. What makes her memorable to me? What makes someone a heroine? Is it the character who saves the day? Not necessarily. For me, a heroine is a character whose conviction drives them to follow their gut, regardless of if that instinct is wrong. Someone who really lives in their situation – even if their situation sucks.

I love the lit ladies, but there are other media where there are also stand outs. I’ve picked mostly book girls, but a couple have crossover appeal and others are from television. Here are the ladies who are heroines in my books.


Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables Series) – Oh, Anne. She has owned a piece of my heart since she broke that chalkboard over Gilbert’s head. A boy made fun of her and instead of shying away as a girl is expected to do, she took matters into her own hands. Not condoning her violence, but the feeling behind it. So upset that someone would make fun of her. And her unrelenting desire to find a bosom buddy. For young Anne, friendship trumped romance and that’s not something we see much in books anymore. Continue reading