I have restricted my choices to characters from literature to make this easier but it was still very difficult to decide. It was also difficult not to pick the obvious choices which is why there are a couple in there!
- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice – see? An obvious choice I know but Lizzie is the epitome of female empowerment in the novel. She is one of the first characters I grew attached to. Her intelligence, honesty, and lively wit help her rise above her class-bound and spiteful society and she is a classic example of overcoming personal failings to find true love. And if I met her, maybe I would also get to meet her husband too..!
- Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing – again, another witty, strong female character. She made me fall in love with Shakespeare (well, I suppose Shakespeare was responsible for that!).
- Olive Kitteridge from Elizabeth Strout’s series of novels – She is another strong woman but Olive is a different breed. She is described by the book blurb as ‘blunt, flawed, and fascinating.’ She can be cantankerous and bolshy. She can be acerbic and mean. But she is utterly engaging.
- Jo March from Little Women – a feisty, strong-willed writer who makes terrible choices in love (I am still not over her rejecting Laurie no matter how bold a decision that was for Alcott).
- Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables et al. – her vivid imagination, her fierce loyalty, and her free spirit are all qualities to be admired. Anne Shirley has so much growth over the course of the books.