Favourite female leading character…
My choice would be Jane Eyre.
Jane eyre or miss Harker
Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.
I love Jane Austen but prefer Emma Woodhouse ?
I had to google her, have never heard of this character!
Don’t be put off by the fact that J. D. Robb is really Nora Roberts. Night and day difference!
Gutsy character, I liked the Millennium series.
@Sandra yes she’s a bad ass!
Why would you call any woman, a bad ass? Does that not sound rather sexist?
@Kathy tenacious then ?
@Kathy gutsy ?
Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.
And of course Hermione Granger from Harry Potter! Can’t believe I forgot her in the comment above
Nancy Drew – because she early on showed the a girl can do whatever she wants to do and doesn’t have to be constrained by convention.
I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Read them in my early teens.
@Sandra It was only until much later that I realized so many of my favorite series of that time were written by the same author(s). I outgrew all of these series before I was twelve, but my mother couldn’t keep up with me. You could read one easily in an afternoon. I specifically like Cherry Ames.
Jo March and Jane Eyre
I have just finished ‘The House of Mirth’, Lily Bart would have made a good friend for the Countess. ?
that is in my never ending list to read next after my Halloween read ?
One of my all time favorite books.
Has anyone read Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, If yes, I also liked Bethia Mayfield.
I read it about a year ago. In truth, I don’t remember Bethia Mayfield well, but she was spunky and independent. indeed, the whole book was a worthwhile read.
Grace Marks from Alias Grace
I forgot who she was, googled it to realise she is from The Thorn birds’ I LOVED this novel, read it in my 20’s.
Dectective Renee Ballard ?
Maggie Pollitt. : Cat on.a Hot Tin Roof
Jane Eyre ?
Idgie from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
@Kevin From The Scarlett Letter, I have watched the movie but have not read the book yet. What did you like most about the character?
Her stoicism, perserverence and of course her needlework…
Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell.
just googled her as I have never heard of this character. She seems like a mix between Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. ?
@Sandra Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell. I read most of the first original 6 by the time I was ten years old, my Father bought them for me, written like the Nancy Drew, in the 1950’s but Nancy Drew showed up sometime in the 1930’s. I read those too but liked that Trjxie loved horses and lived in the country.
I also preferred the Trixie Belden mysteries over the Nancy Drew mysteries. Trixie is “every young teenager” and I could relate to her better. Cool post!
@Rebecca yaaay and thank you, great to find another Trixie Belden Fan!!
Love Trixie! My favorite is the Mystery of the Emeralds.
@Lynne yaaaaay another Trixie Belden fan!!!
@Evelyn, my other favorite girls series is Donna Parker. My friend who works at the book section in a thrift store nabs the books for me. I’ve almost got them all now. I only had one from my childhood.
@Lynne ooooohhhh how wonderful, my Mom bought me several Donna Parker!!!!! I loved those series too, thank you for reminding me…I loved those shiny colorful books.
@Evelyn one of my favorites. Donna Parker A Spring to Remember
Evelyn Mayton, that one was fabulous! My personal favorite is Donna Parker in Hollywood. I think because I grew up and live in California I knew all the locations that were in the book and that was so much fun to read as a kid. (And as an adult!)
Moraine from the Wheel of Time.
Is this how you pictured her? I have never read these books.?
Yes. That is the best I have seen.
1. Eleanor from “Sense and Sensibility”; 2. Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind”; 3.Natasha from “War and Peace”; 4. Sarah Woodruff from “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and 5. Ellen Olenska from “The Age of Innocence
@Caroline Natasha is probably my favourite character In war and peace
@Caroline I love Eleanor in Sense & Sensibility.
@Tammy : she shaped the growing up of so many of us!
Absolutely Anne Elliott from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. She is the neglected middle sister, the ignored person who has more strength of character than everyone else in her family. I simply love her.
@Mary, I am reading ‘Persuasion’ just now and totally agree! This is quite different from the other Jane Austen novels but I think it may well be my favourite.
@Sandra : it is her saddest and lacks the wit of Pride and Prejudice, but it is so heartfelt that you can almost feel the aging and illness that Jane was experiencing as she wrote it.
@Mary I love her too, she is an delicate, elegant, introverted and yet very strong woman. There is a great movie version of the book with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root.
@Kristen I really liked that Amanda Root version of Persuasion. In fact I visited Bath a number of years ago and scoped out all the locations from the movie that I could find. It was so much fun. And then we went to Lyme Regis and did the same. In fact, my niece and I, like so many others have done, acted out the scene at the Granny’s steps. How could we resist?
@Mary we are German but are invited to a UK wedding next year and I want to visit Bath
Anne Eliott, bc of her love of poetry and elegance of mind and Lizzie Bennet because she loves reading and is an independent thinker.
@Kristen I have just finished Persuasion, so do agree that Miss Anne Elliott is certainly up there with the best of them.✨
Clarice Starling of The Silence of the Lambs. The Clarice Starling of Hannibal ends bizarrely and, I feel, betrayed the character.
Interesting choice on Clarice; thoughtful choice. I’ll go with Silence Dogood– the fictional heroine of Benjamin Franklin’s column about the life/times of an immigrant.
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