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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week, we're supposed to go back and choose a past topic we missed the first time around. I decided to do Favorite Heroines because I've been reading a lot of really great ones lately. They fall into three basic categories, though really each one is a combination of all three traits:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: My all-time favorite heroine. She's brave, smart, selfless and self-sufficient, but still capable of vulnerability. I want to be like her and be her best friend.
2. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore: A very close second. Like Katniss, this girl kicks butt and takes names.
3. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth: In the tradition of heroines like Katniss and Katsa, Tris is stronger than she realizes and I admire her drive to succeed.
4. Suze from The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: Suze isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, sending lingering ghosts on their merry way. Plus, she has some serious snark thrown in for good measure.
5. Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: Sophie tends get herself in trouble, bless her heart. And no one can out-quip this witch.
6. Clare from Clarity by Kim Harrington: Clare refuses to be cowed by anyone. She's a social outcast because of her psychic abilities, but she doesn't take it lying down. The girl dumps a soda on a mean girl's head -- how can you not love her??
7. Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White: Evie is just hilarious. She fights the Big Bad, but she's also a girly girl at heart.
8. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: The original Spunky Heroine. She's not afraid to speak her mind to anyone -- and it works out pretty well for her.
9. Bianca from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger: Bianca is undeniably cynical, but not bitter. It's a nice change of pace among heroines and I can definitely relate to her outlook.
10. Vi from Possession by Elana Johnson: She's sassy and doesn't mind picking a fight.
11. Clara from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: She's sweet and just a teenage girl trying to figure things out in the world, despite her angelic heritage. I would totally be her best friend.
12. Anne from Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Oh, Anne. She has the most vivid imagination of any heroine I've ever seen, and she's passionate about everything. It has to be exhausting.
I had a hard time narrowing it down! Did I miss any of your favorites?