I think it’s time we focus on the girl. These are my 5 favourite female protagonists, the girls who kick butt with a healthy dose of realism.
Top 5 Leading Females
Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles
Talk about a quirky protagonist! Cinder is in some sense, the anti-heroine. She’s moody, and has a sharp mouth. She revels in her insecurities and is replete in stubbornness. How then, can you not love her? Especially since she’s based on Cinderella, who is perhaps the most annoying Disney princess ever created (Though Aurora from Sleeping Beauty comes close I must admit), it makes Cinder all the more kick ass.
I don’t put these chicks in order but I’d say she’s #2 on the kick-ass female list.
Tris Prior: Divergent Series
I didn’t like Tris Prior at first though I appreciated the honest the author endued her with. She has some internal conflict but she obviously values her independence and privacy and I think that informs her strength. Hers is a quiet kick-ass nature I believe, people see her size and general frailty and take her to be a weak being. These assumptions are not only wrong but deadly for the other person because her quick wit and ability to inspire trumps everything.
If I had to fight her in the ring, I’d go running. She doesn’t believe in stopping and her anger and stubbornness make her a force to reckon with.
Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games
So for a lot of people, I think Katniss will pop up in their mind. There is no denying it, this lady has sass. She takes no bullshit and when faced with trauma or a difficult situation she has a unique ability to rise above it and take the bull by the horns. She then beats the bull to a pulp.
Her physical strength also informs her personal confidence and stellar attitude, it gives her the ability to subvert what needs to be subverted and to save who needs to be saved. I’d say that her grounded moral reasoning also helps her out a bit. Now, I’m not one to play into this right vs. wrong debate, but what matters in Katniss’ case is that she doesn’t question anything, she automatically knows her stance on it. And that’s great (especially since the media seems to like to portray us women as flim-flamy).
Daenerys Targaryen: A Song Of Ice And Fire
The original bad-ass female is in the house! Well sort of. I think the chick who plays her on TV is brilliant but her character truly comes alive in the book.
I like her because she makes a huge transformation, she starts off as a weak thing that is controlled by her brother. However, as she takes control of her life, her sexuality and even her emotions, she comes into her own. She’s flawed and no where near perfect. She’s young so she makes a lot of immature mistakes. So I give her props for rising above the entitlement and trying to do what is right. I think she might be my #1.
Liza: Bones Of Faeries Series
Actually, I take it back, Liza is my #1 hands down. Not only is this story a refreshing one, but Liza truly shines in this series! She’s a small angry thing who leaves the safety of her home in the quest for her mother and the truth. She faces all sorts of hell along the way but she doesn’t care, she has a goal in mind.
I like that go-get-them attitude. You see it a lot with male protagonists, so her attitude is refreshing. Plus she reminds me of myself (yay!).
Honorable Mention: Hermoine Granger (with brains like these, I’d be kick ass too).
I think it is interesting to note that when I was trying to think of strong female protagonists, all I could think of were YA, Dystopian or Fantasy ladies.
I know my list is small so I’m sure everyone can think of some others but I really want to know, who are your 5 leading females?