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LITERATURE: Our Top 10 Fictional Heroines

LITERATURE: Our Top 10 Fictional Heroines

 

FashionBite has compiled a list of plucky literary heroines, responsible for encouraging women across the globe to dream big.  We’re honouring ten of our favourite feisty females, who we singled out for knowing their own worth, never being afraid to say ‘no’ to their male counterparts and most importantly, daring to challenge prevailing stereotypes. We are inspired as young women by their sparkling wit, outright courage and sometimes painful honesty, and we hope you are too!

Our leading ladies are by no means angelic. For all their virtues, these characters serve to highlight the elements of our personalities we’d all rather ignore. From Anne Frank’s scathing remarks about her insufferable mother to Elizabeth Bennet’s struggles with morality, these women aren’t afraid to expose their flaws and we love them for it.

Take a look at our Top Ten – who do you identify with most?

* George Kirrin

Five Are Together Again by Enid Blyton

“If Julian can do it, then so could I.”

* Elizabeth Bennet

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

* Moll Flanders

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

“As for Women that do not think their own Safety worth their Thought, that impatient of their present State, resolve as they call it to take the first good Christian that comes, that run into Matrimony, as a Horse rushes into the Battle, I can say nothing to them, but this, that they are a Sort of Ladies that are to be pray’d for among the rest of distemper’d People…”

* Matilda Wormwood

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.”

 * Jo March

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“It’s bad enough to be a girl anyway, when I like boys’ games and work and manners! I can’t get over my disappointment in not being a boy; and it’s worse than ever now, for I’m dying to go and fight with Papa, and I can only stay at home and knit, like a poky old woman.”

* Becky Sharp

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery

“I have brains,” Becky thought, “and almost all the rest of the world are fools.”

* Lisbeth Salander

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”

* Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

“I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.”

* Lucy Honeychurch

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

“It was unladylike. Why? Why were most big things unladylike?”

* Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

“Above all, I wouldn’t want people to think that I want to prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything; I merely want to live.”

So inspiring. This weekend, forget battling with unpredictable weather and expensive days out – why not curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and one of your oldest friends instead? You won’t regret it!

Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know at lifestyle@fashionbite.co.uk.

FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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