Today we’re going to focus on female characters. Being female myself, I like finding a good strong character with whom I can identify. Here are my favorites, in no particular order:
1. Lessa from the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
Being a wee little lass myself, I find it very amusing that Lessa, smaller than everyone around her, commands such respect. I think that’s partially because she assumes that the respect is hers by right. She’s very feline that way.
2. Talia from the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey
I have been compared to Talia on more than one occasion (to the point that one of my husband’s friends calls me Talia), so you know she’s a lot like me. And she really is: unsure of herself in many respects, but possessed of great strength and fortitude when needed.
3. Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A heroine who reads. ‘Nuff said.
4. Thursday Next from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
A female law enforcement officer who works within the pages of the world’s most well-known books. Where can I sign up for her job?
5. Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
This is one of those characters whom you wouldn’t want to cross under any circumstances. Curmudgeonly in the best way.
6. Pyanfar Chanur from the Pride of Chanur series by C. J. Cherryh
Cat-like, captain of her own ship, and exceedingly take-no-nonsense. I love this character and wish the author would write more in this universe.
7. Polgara from The Belgariad and The Mallorean by David Eddings
Polgara is another of those characters that you just don’t want to cross, and who gets what she wants without ever thinking that she might not. I love her, and her dialogue is some of the funniest I’ve read.
8. Patience from the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Patience is the main character’s stepmother, and I love her because she’s very much her own person and doesn’t care if you don’t like that. Also memorable for shouting “Insolence!” at people who argue with her.
9. Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Can’t have this list without her! Smart, great with magic and quick on her mental feet. Gotta love her!
10. Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
Another tiny lady who marches over anyone in her path. One of my favorite lines in the series concerns her: the main character calls her “tiny violent one”.