Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Heroines

It's Top Ten Tuesday (and my ninth anniversary) again from the Broke and the Bookish.  And this is tuff.  Top Ten Heroines.  Ok, remember this blog is chronicling my exercise of reading more widely. And this...this here is what I'm talkin' bout.

No, I cannot give you a top ten list of heroines.  Here's a few off the top of my head:

1. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Two words - Pelennor Fields.

2. Dolores Price from She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  Perhaps it could be argued that she isn't a true heroine.  I think she fits.  She has a ton of shitty things happen to her.  Her life seems to be one bad decision after another.  And quite frankly she isn't very likable.  Until, she comes out on the other side a better person for it all.  Kudos to Wally Lamb for writing a great, believable female character.

3. Camille Preaker from Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.  Dark subject.  Love it.  Camille Preaker is f'ed up.  She's not just a cutter.  She's a literary cutter, carving words into her flesh one blade at a time.  In Flynn's debut thriller, Camille returns to her hometown and messed up family as an investigative journalist covering the murder of a child.  It's a study of how evil women can be, and somehow Camille, f'ed up as she is, faces down her dysfunctional family, and rises above the bitches (it's the word that works here) inhabiting the pages of this book.  Props to Flynn for not turning Camille into a "series" character after the success of this book.

4. Um, yeah this is going to be a problem...

Any help here?  I haven't read any Austen or Bronte sisters, that is coming though.


  1. I realized in this TTT that I haven't read many books with strong female characters! Either that or I just can't remember them!

  2. I certainly had to put on my thinking-cap, too, after I went beyond the Austen characters.

  3. I just thought of one to add to my list.
    Anne Frank

  4. See what you think of my list. Bet you know a few of these characters.

    I'm a new follower!

  5. I know of a few of them. The only I've read is Charlotte's Web, which I loved as a boy. I've never even read or seen "Gone with the Wind."

    It's weird I though I had already "followed" you, but maybe I've just visited before. Who knows?