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Top Five Tuesday | Badass Female Characters

Whoo! We’ve almost survived the first month of 2019, and it’s time for another Top Five Tuesday (a weekly book meme by BionicBookWorm). This time the topics is badass female characters, and there are so many to choose from but I think I did my best. So let’s get into it!

  1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    How could I make this list without putting her on first. I think she was the first well-rounded, complex badass female character I had ever encountered in books. She’s both very badass and resourceful, but she’s it out of necessity, and not because she needs to be fodder for some imaginary male audience (as happens so, so often with “fighty” female characters). And she’s also just so human, so scared and brave and real.
  2. Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    The way this girl keeps her cool (after panicking first, I admit, but still) after being thrown into such a strange situation that just gets stranger. And she just bravely faces things that she’s been conditioned to fear (with reason) all her life! But she just gets it DONE.
  3. Dot Sherman from Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale
    A lesser known book, but really good. I still need to post a review, but it’s one of my favorite books, especially because of a scene quite early in the book that includes a two-by-four and a good for nothing man who beats his girlfriend.
  4. Maud Heighton from The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
    Another one of my favorite books of all time with a super tough and badass heroine. She makes the move from England to Paris to study art, her passion, but circumstance almost makes a end of her and her dreams, but she manages to pull herself out, and she leaves no survivors.. I will not tell you anything about the second part of the book, but unfolds in such an unexpected and cathartic way! I love it.
  5. Pell Ridley from The Bride’s Farwell by Meg Rosoff
    I read this for the first time years and years ago when I checked it out of my highschool library and the story and its heroine has stuck with me ever since. Apparently I marked it three stars on Goodreads back then (I just looked it up for the character’s name and saw that and quickly amended it) but I reread it in 2017 because I just couldn’t get it out of my head and it’s such a beautiful tale. If you’re a fan of Meg Rosoff because of How You Live Now (something I couldn’t get through) you might not like this, but if you like quiet tales of fierce bravery and lyrical prose you would love this book. Pell is such a brave character but in such a different way from the aforementioned book. She leaves everything she knows, all the expectations, and disappoints her whole family because of it, because she wants to live her own life. There’s a quiet kind of bravery in escaping what suffocates you and then having to deal with the consequences.


What are your favorite badass female characters? Let me know in the comments!


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