Hey Wickeds, keeping on with our strong women theme this month!
There are so many strong female characters to choose from including Hermione from the Harry Potter novels to Joan from Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. Who is your favorite badass female protagonist?
Barb: This one is so easy for me–always and forever Jo March. In all the books, Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. First published in 1868, Jo spoke to me, and for me, almost a hundred years later. I still feel her with me today, 153 years on.
Edith/Maddie: I so agree, Barb. Jo has been “my” character since I first read her at age eight or nine. To shake it up, I’ll go with someone contemporary, Clare Fergusson from Julia Spencer-Fleming’s long-running series. Clare is a kickass Episcopal priest, a former military pilot, and someone who cares deeply about justice. I have loved this series since book one.
Julie: This is a tough one! Since I’m listening to one of my favorite series right now, I’ll choose Amelia Peabody. I love the Elizabeth Peters series about an Edwardian Egyptologist and her family. The books are mysteries, but mostly romantic adventures written by someone who was an Egyptologist, so that’s fun as well.
Sherry: I love Lily Wong in the Lily Wong series by Tori Eldridge. Lily is tough physically and mentally, but also vulnerable. Her mother is Chinese and her father Norwegian. Lily’s mother has lots of expectations and Lily lives over her father’s Chinese restaurant so family is an integral part of Tori’s action-packed books.
Liz: These are all great! I’ve been reading Paula Munier’s Mercy and Elvis Mysteries and I LOVE Mercy Carr. She’s a former army MP who retired to Vermont with her deceased fiance’s bomb-sniffing dog Elvis and she’s such a great character. Her family is really interesting as well, especially her veterinarian grandmother. And the books are great!
Readers, what about you? Who’s your favorite fictional strong woman? Tell us in the comments below.