Friday Favs: Women In Fiction

For this #FridayFavs, we're recounting (some of) our favorite women in fiction. Who is your favorite lit lady? 

Literary heroine 
Book club picks

1. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)

If you know anything about Emily, you probably know that Pride & Prejudice is one of her all-time favorite books. So it's not surprising that Elizabeth Bennet tops our list of favorite women in fiction. She is witty and strong and sure of herself. She disregards expectations for what a woman should be in the the early 1800s and makes her own rules. Even by today's standards, she is an enchanting and complicated character, but for her time period, she broke the mold. And she learned and grew throughout the course of her book. She learned her faults and adapted, as we all do. 

2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

It's a basic answer, but who DOESN'T love Hermione? I'm not even a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and I still identify that Hermione is the best part of that story. She begins awkward and gangly and frizzy but that doesn't matter because she is also smart and sassy and confident. She solves all of the problems and is the true hero of the series.

Emily's note: I would argue that Ron is also the best part of Harry Potter. That said, Hermione is amazing, and as a bushy-haired, bookworm little girl myself, she made me feel confident and represented in a way no other literary heroine had at that point in my life.

3. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire series)

It's hard to pick just one badass woman from A Song of Ice and Fire (the George R.R. Martin series that inspired Game of Thrones), but Daenerys stands out as one of our favorite literary ladies. Her story is one of extreme triumph and tragedy, set in a fantasy world that is full of stark (pun intended) realism. Nothing in her future is certain, but her journey is one of inspiration, as she navigates with both success and failure through the nuance of culture, politics, and love during her transformation from hidden exile at the mercy of the men around her, to the powerful ruler that is Daenerys Stormborn of the House TargaryenFirst of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

4. Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary)

Honestly, this is not an easy choice for this list. Bridget doesn't represent our ideal selves. She worries about her weight. She gets in sticky situations. She gets lost in romance. She is sometimes insecure, sometimes dingy, and sometimes childish. But. Bridget is real and honest. She knows who she is. She knows her flaws. She is self-aware, and as she grows, she learns as we all do to be more and more secure in herself. She uses her awkward charm to her advantage. And we say "cheers" to that.