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.
5 Favourite Authors
J. K. Rowling
She had to make this list. No other series or book has changed my life as much as the Harry Potter series has. Others have come close, some have challenged my very foundation and my identity, but Harry Potter did something other books have yet to do: They saved me.
Harry Potter came to me at a very bad time in my life. I fell in love with Harry’s world as it gave me a chance to escape from a very bleak reality. For this, Rowling deserves to be on this list. How many authors can say they achieved what she has?
Marion Zimmer Bradley
I was 14 or 15 or maybe even 13 (I can’t remember as you can see) when I read the Mists of Avalon, this isn’t exactly recommended because gosh a lot of the content flew over my head. But that being said, the book hooked me.
For the next 3 years I searched for every book she ever wrote and devoured all. I even own a few rare copies of her books (thanks to my local second-hand bookstore that didn’t look into the bottom of their bins properly). I’m very picky about who I get to call a ‘favourite’ as I rarely like every single work that an author does (that is the basis by which I chose these authors) and Bradley was easily placed on this list.
I had to include a Caribbean author on this list because really, I grew up with these books. That being said, I didn’t come to appreciate Kincaid’s books till I went to UWC and was assigned a few books by my professor for extra reading and once I reread them, I was hooked. So hooked that I didn’t actually give the books back… oops.
Her books blend the right amount of sarcasm, pain and joy into one book. A Small Place is my favourite by her, hands down, but her others are true gems. Give Lucy or Annie John a try.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I don’t know how I discovered Adichie but I do know that by the time I finished the first book I had to read others by her. She has such a beautiful style, her prose is eloquent and her tone is scarily soothing, even when discussing painful topics. She talks about her native Africa but also the dangers of exoticism, transnationalism and globalization.
The Thing Around Your Neck is her best works in my opinion. It’s odd that I like it so much because it is a series of short stories, and I normally do not like short stories, but this one. It works and it works well.
Check out her TED talks below. It gave me chills.
Yxta Maya Murray
So when I was writing down my list of 5 favourite authors, I was surprised to see her name. She’s only written 3 books that I’ve read but I loved each one. Her books also aren’t the most popular so trying to find them was a real pain, but completely worth it.
Her books fall into a genre that I honestly don’t know the name of. She writes about a librarian, an underground academic really, who stumbles onto an ancient text and they run all over the world trying to find lost treasure or solve a giant academic riddle. What is the name for this genre because I love it. I love academic-thrillers, historical-chase-art-old-thing-thrillers.
Honorable Mention: John Greene and Gregory MacGuire
So most of my favourite authors are female. Ok so my top 5 are female, I’m not purposely trying to be biased. Damn.
Who are your favourite authors? Do you have one?