Top 5 : Female Characters in Literature

May 12, 2019

My adolescence has been shaped my female characters. I was always looking for the next female-driven book to get me inspired. Women in literature have taught me valuable life lessons about womanhood, resilience and resistance.

Here are my top 5 favorite female characters !

💯Jude Duarte, The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

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What I really like about Jude Duarte and the way she’s written is that her character arc is phenomenal. Seeing a female MC, driven by a VERY GREY moral compass and taking charge of her destiny, claiming back power, and being hungry for it, it’s refreshing.

💯Inej Ghafa, Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej Ghafa is a survivor. Her resilience, her personality, everything about her implies strength. I have rarely read about a character as pure-hearted as Inej and yet, as utterly silently ferocious. Inej is strong and inspiring. She’s a force to be reckoned with.

💯Evelyn Hugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

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I wish I had the words to describe Evelyn Hugo but I don’t feel worthy. Evelyn Hugo is unique, driven and provocative. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She would make the same choices over and over again if she had to. What I liked the most about her is how fierce and brave she is.

💯Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Elizabeth Bennet is the OG “I-Don’t-Give-A-Single-Fuck” gal. While getting a husband is far from being one of her priorities and she’d rather be reading (same), I like that she’s not against the possibility of being in a relationship. I admire her for how unapologetic she is.

💯Amy Dunne, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Who said my favorite female character couldn’t be an absolute psychopath who faked her own death to frame her husband for cheating on her amongst other things ? Amy Dunne is not a character you like but she is one-of-a-kind, a character you don’t meet every two seconds (and one you’re glad you don’t). She is fucked-up and her motives are… debatable but the beauty of her character relies on her complex psychological logic and reasoning. Women really can be anything. Including psycho-murderous killers.

Which female characters have impacted you ? Let me know below ! 

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  • Reply Tashfa June 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I love the characters you’ve chosen (except for Jude; I haven’t read that book yet 😜)!!! I know this going to sound cliché but Hermione Granger was a huge childhood influence for me 😁. She was one of the first female characters I could REALLY relate to. I think, every female character ever from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is incredible because they are actually quite intricate and well-developed. Inej is one my favourites, too! Oh, and also Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder (the tv show). #GirlsRule 😊

    • Reply Noa June 11, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      YES Brooklyn 9-9, I feel like they’re all amazing and great inspirations too. I read Harry Potter later than everyone did but I still really identified w Hermione too ! Annalise Keating is a great complex female MC and I do love her a lot !!

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