Top five female characters in Fiction.
I’m going with the theme of the national women’s day that was last Wednesday. I came up with the idea to do a blog post about Top five female characters in fiction.
Disclaimer these are ladies are from books I have read. So far if you don’t see yours, don’t get offended it means I haven’t read them yet xD
Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.
Frist one in the list of Top five female characters in fiction. Read this book a while ago and must have seen the movie a few times, and it remains one of the top thriller movies/ books. We meet this character when her mentor asks to interview a cunning, charming but cannibalistic Dr Hannibal Lecture. At first, she strikes as naïve to revealing personal information to someone as dangerous.
“You know what you look like with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.” He tells her to intimidate her.
She works in a male-dominated environment and no one takes her seriously. She is ambitious and intelligent and manages to the catch the bad guy.
Amy Dune from Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn
Maybe she comes as unexpected on this list. The movie was released a few years ago but it was the book that had left an impact on me as it is one of the most disturbing, darkest, books I’ve read. Her parents wrote a series of children books named after their daughter. Amy is married to Nick Dune, on their fifth anniversary she goes missing. The first part of the book we read her point view from her diary entries, the second part takes a dark twisted turn. Amy is beautiful, a brilliant plotter, careful, and insane.
“The cool girl never gets angry at her man, she only smiles”
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
What makes this character so iconic is that she volunteers as a tribute to the hunger games to save her sister, Prim. This makes her humble. I found her rather cold, sometimes not so likeable; despite all of this, she is responsible, courageous and her own person. We start to get know her better through the series.
“SOME WALKS YOU HAVE TO TAKE ALONE.”
Offered The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Forced to read this book when I was studying English literature. I thought it was depressing and boring. Until I read it again, and the story has grown on me. This is the book is a masterpiece. What I liked about this character is that she has no control of her life. Everything had been taken from her. She doesn’t know where her daughter is and she lives in the household of the commander, Fred. Her only purpose is to bear children. She is the total opposite of let’s say Katniss Everdeen where she took charge said enough is enough and blow up buildings and caused a rebellion. Offered doesn’t plot her goal is simply to survive and stay alive.
“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo saga by Stieg Larsson
And the last one on the list of Top five female characters in fiction. She has to be one of my all-time favourite female characters in fiction. I love her look, her attitude, and her complexity. Stieg Larsson description of her in the book is amazing. Salander is a brilliant hacker has a photographic memory who had a difficult life, doesn’t socialise and declared as mentally incompetent. She is smart and violent which gets her out of messy situations. She works in Milton securities where she does “analyses” (hacking) and expose people dirty secrets violence against women. Mikael Blomkvist asks her to help him that her challenges her isolated existence.
“she walked around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any shit”
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