Everyone has their favourite character – the one who they most connect with, who reaches out of the page and holds out their hand to drag you into the wonderful world of fiction. They are the people help you through all the less-than-fantastic days as you curl up in bed and read until God-knows-when. They hold a special place inside you for your entire life.
Since I, for some reason, found it easier to list female characters that I love, I decided to share the fictional women who have changed my life from the pages of a book.
(from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll)
All throughout my life, Alice has reminded me that normality is the truly trivial thing in this world, and imagination is what makes the planet turn. The story literally shows that entire worlds can be created in one person’s mind.
Alice and her mad acquaintances are some of my favourite children’s characters ever, and Alice herself shows that children can be as witty and clever as any adult. She also tells us that we should never take something too seriously.
I am a massive Alice fan, and I’ve vowed to watch every adaption of the tale I can get my hands on. Seriously, don’t mess with me and my Wonderland.
4. Annabeth Chase
(from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan)
For a very long time, I didn’t have a favourite character in this series, because I loved them all individually, so much that the lines between my love for them were blurred.
It wasn’t until I read The Mark of Athena that I finally discovered that Annabeth was the character I connected to the most. Being insider her head, rather than Percy’s, was something I hadn’t realised I needed until then.
She’s clever, she’s sassy, she’s headstrong – everything I would like to be – but she is also very human. The biggest thing I like about Annabeth is that she hurts on the inside, but covers it up with confidence and strength. I mean, her most notable magical possession turns her invisible. Behind her tough exterior is someone who feels everything anyone else does.
Really, she’s just a big softy.
3. Jane Eyre
(from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë)
Although I haven’t quite reached the end of Charlotte Brontë’s magnum opus, I am totally in love with it, and it is one of my favourite novels I have ever read.
Jane is everything I wish I could have been as a child – what with her open, fiery passion for the things she loves, a determination to be an equal to those around her, and the confidence to stand up for herself.
If Jane Eyre isn’t a perfect example of feminism, I don’t know what is. It shows that women and young girls, regardless of age, deserve to be an equal to those of the opposite gender, and have the capabilities to be just that.
(Psst… my review of Jane Eyre is coming soon, so keep an eye out…)
2. Luna Lovegood
(from the Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling)
Very easily one of my favourite characters in fiction – ever. Luna captured me from her very first appearance.
She, in particular, shows what I think everyone needs to remember to live by: everyone is their own unique self, and should be proud of who they are, and not care what anyone else thinks.
I also connect with her in how she is treated by everyone. I, too, am often picked on for being “weird”. Well I have news for you, people. I AM weird, and very proud of it. Luna helped me come to terms with this.
Also, Evanna Lynch portrayed her perfectly, and I don’t believe many – if any – people could have done it better.
(from the Memory’s Wake trilogy, by Selina Fenech)
I’m kind of surprised to find the only self-published character on this list at the top, but I’m also very pleased. Honestly, it’s a pity that self-published authors don’t get as much publicity as others (although perfectly understandable) because some of them are truly amazing. Seriously, Selina Fenech is one of my favourite authors. She has an incredible hand for fiction. And her talent doesn’t stop there – she illustrates her novels as well! (Check out her website here to see her range of fantasy, gothic and mythological art, too!)
But I’ll get back onto what I’m supposed to be talking about; The main character in Selina’s YA fantasy series (Memory’s Wake and Hope’s Reign. Book 3, Providence Unveiled is being drafted) wakes up in a magical land full of dragons and sorcery, completely at a loss as to who she is, or where she came from. The story revolves around her fighting for her memories of her past life, before landing in a magical kingdom.
I relate to Memory in that, for a very long time, I have been unsure as to who exactly I am – the kind of person I want to be. And throughout the story – especially in Hope’s Reign – a major thing to consider is just how well the book explains how we are all capable of things we didn’t think we could do, and also how there is something dark inside all of us.
So Memory is my greatest fictional heroine, because she is all I want to be, and all that I am, and more. She, in my humble opinion, is a true hero, and very much deserves her place on the top of my list.
Plus, her hair is totally rad.
So there are my five favourite heroines of fiction. Who are your favourite characters, and how have they changed your life?