My five favorite female characters.
Lessa (Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey)
“Dragon kind was no less cruel than mankind. The Dragon, at least, acted from bestial need rather than bestial greed.”
Lessa comes from the same world as Jaxom; in fact, they are related. Lessa’s family was killed by Jaxom’s father, and her distant cousin is his mother. She is Weyrwoman of Benden, the most powerful female dragonrider on the planet. She is small and firey, with little motherly compulsion. Despite her prickly exterior, she has caring heart, and frets over the safety of her men almost constantly.
Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis)
“That’s the worst of girls,” said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. “They never can carry a map in their heads.”
“That’s because our heads have something inside them,” said Lucy.”
Yes, I had to sort of sneak an Edmund quote in, because I forgot to put him in my favorite male characters list. Heh. Now, Lucy…well, she’s a believer. She’s also feminine. No super warrior woman here. Lucy’s power is in her magnetic charm and her enormous faith. She also has fifteen years more life experience than all the other girls her age, thanks to the whole time mess between Earth and Narnia.
Meg (A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’engle)
“Like and equal are not the same thing at all.”
Meg is a clumsy, backwards girl with braces, glasses, and dreamboat eyes. She’s also a math genius. Her parents are scientists, and their bumbling (but brilliant) experiments get her, her boyfriend Calvin, and her unusual baby brother Charles Wallace into all sorts of trouble. She has a temper and isn’t quite normal, like her parents, or unusual, like her boyfriend and her little brother, but she has a special talent. She can love like no other.
Eowyn (Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien)
“Alas, not me, lord!” she said. “Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle.”
Eowyn is no prissy female. After all, not just anyone can kill the Witchking of Angmar. Eowyn lives under the shadow of evil, and it has mutated her heart until all she can see is the glory to be gained in battle. It takes great loss to show her a new path; healing herself by healing others.
Cornflower (Redwall, Brian Jacques)
“Even the strongest and bravest must sometimes weep. It shows they have a great heart, one that can feel compassion for others.”
Haha! Another mouse! The early books by Brian Jacques are full of quality characters. It isn’t until later that they become stereotyped and…well, lame. Cornflower is the best heroine I can think of. She’s not an anthro-Eowyn. She’s as domestic a heroine as you can get. She makes a killer vegetable soup. Literally. Ask the vermin who got a cupful in the face. Cornflower plays her role in the battles of Redwall, but where she really shines is supporting her warrior as he grows into his role. Cornflower is always behind the scenes, taking care of the Redwallers so Matthias can take care of the vermin.
I think, if I had to choose a book character as a role model, it would probably be Cornflower.
Who are your favorite female characters?