Booking Through Thursday: Heroine

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The Booking Through Thursday question for this week is:

Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)

I am glad we get more than one choice here!

Jo in Little Women. I am not like Jo at all — I am more of a combination of Meg and Beth. But I love her spirit and her propensity for “getting into scrapes” and her strength in not marrying Laurie. I love how she grows into a strong woman with a bit more decorum but still with an adventurous spirit.

Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. I am more like Elinor — the steady, dependable, but not flashy older sister. I love how she shows that quiet, reserved people have as great a capacity for love and emotion as those who are more open — in Marianne’s case, a bit too open.

Jane Eyre. I love her perseverance, her humor, her insight, her strong morality, and her passion.

Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. “Anne with an e.”  I love how that little detail is important to her, important enough to make a point of it. I love how she overcame many disadvantages; I love her spirit and her imaginativeness and her love of the people in her life.

In Christian fiction, the one that comes first to mind is Becky Miller in The Secret Life of Becky Miller (reviewed here) and Renovating Becky Miller (reviewed here) by Sharon Hinck (I’m providing links because some might not be as familiar with these as they would be with the classics). She’s a young mom who is trying to “do big things for God” and serve her family as well. She learns many of the same things I’ve had to learn along the way.

If I think about this much more I am sure I could add to the list, but I had better stop now!


12 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Heroine

  1. Yes Jo is my favourite of the March sisters and I’m not like her either! Other people have mentioned Anne – I’ve never read the book though, maybe I should.

  2. I love your description of Elinor. She’s my favorite because she’s the Dashwood sister I could relate to most. I didn’t discover Jane Eyre until recently, and I loved her immediately.

  3. I like your classic choices. I was thinking about the Francine Rivers’ books when I was writing my post. I didn’t include them, but those women of the Bible are so fully drawn in her books.


  4. I love Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, that was one of my childhood favorite. I also like Jo from Little Women, I watched the movie plenty of times. Even with two differnt version.

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you come visit again – have a good Thursday!


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