Strong Heroines Make Memorable Characters

Tamara Ferguson

Well, here I am again, attempting to answer another question about favorites—which I really don’t have an answer for. The reason this is difficult for me is because it’s not specific characters who stand out for me as much as it is their traits, personalities and sense of humor, which is why I enjoy specific authors.

I guess sometime during the past ten years, I’ve switched my mindset over to writer, even when I am reading a story for enjoyment. These days, I don’t have much opportunity to read, but in the past, I would read an entire novel a day, and sometimes more.

There are only a few selected authors who hold my interest, and it’s the plots and character building which makes me want to read their other stories. I enjoy reading about strong heroines, and those are the kind of characters who I also love to write into my stories.

Here is a Ranker Website which offers a lot of interesting observations about why certain characters are memorable–and I totally agree!!

Characters We’ll Never Forget

Lists about the most memorable fictional characters in film, TV, and literature that will stick in our minds forever.

Why do female literary characters stay with readers long after they’ve finished reading the novels these characters are featured in? Often, it’s due to the intimacy with which readers have come to know a character. Jane Eyre (and all of her desires and feelings), for example, becomes so real to readers that they feel as if they’ve met and understood this amazing female character.

Other times, readers love female characters in literature because of the audacity of their actions. Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind) was exceedingly bold for a woman of her time, while Madame Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) is an exemplar of tireless villainy. Some of the most popular female literary characters manage to embody both wholesome and defiant, becoming reflections of the complex nature of women.

For the wide range of personality traits we find in these great female characters (and the audacious actions they’ve performed), these women have earned their titles as the best female characters in literature. They may be young or old, charming or black-hearted, but they are all memorable. Whether you love them or love to hate them, all the famous fictional heroines are here in this list of the best female characters in literary history.

1 Hermione Granger Harry Potter series

2 Elizabeth Bennet Pride and Prejudice

3 Lady Macbeth Macbeth

4 Éowyn The Lord of the Rings

5 Natasha Rostova War and Peace

6 Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games

7 Alice Alice in Wonderland

8 Arya Stark A Song of Ice and Fire

9 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (When I was younger, Jane was my definite favorite)

10 Scout Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

11 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina.

12 Luna Lovegood Harry Potter series

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  • Deb Pelletier

    I like Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, both interesting.

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