Female Book Characters: Strong vs Weak

When I start reading a book I get into the head of the lead character, whether it is female or male, although obviously it is easier to get into the female’s… since we both share the same reproductive organs and all…

 Anyway, today I’m just gonna talk about two types of Female book Characters: Strong, as in, they don’t need to be constantly saved, can think for themselves, usually have dealt with lots of messed up situations throughout their lives, and some of them even know how to kick ass kung fu style.

And the other type Weak. Not weak in the whole sense of the word. Usually this type depends a lot on her friends or boyfriend, needs to be constantly saved and often annoys the hell out me when she can’t decide or do anything for herself.

There’s then, of course the combination of the two. Sometimes a character, who I consider either strong or weak, acts completely out of her “comfort zone”.  Sometimes this occasional change is needed, to build up the story.

If you ask me my favorite type I honestly don’t know… I’d say that my favorite kind of main character is the non-annoying kind. – Unfortunately, sometimes finding a character who isn’t annoying is hard to come by.

A weak-type of character doesn’t necessarily have to be a character who doesn’t know kung fu, or that a strong-type of character knows kung fu… I’m mostly referring to psychological features. Though… well, Kung fu always helps 😉

Going back to my point, as most female characters are what it is considered the weak type, I guess that most of my fav ones are “weak”… Though, as I mentioned before, the important thing is the character not being annoying, meaning, me not wanting to either bash her head against a wall of very pointy nails, or do the simpler option: throw to the book out my window.

Question: So, whats the best kind of female characters? Strong, weak or both?

It doesn’t really matter, it depends on several things, such as: like the quality of the writing, the plot in general, the background of the characters, and most important of all – The ANNOYING factor. These influence how much I will like the character.

In any case, I came up with a list of my fav leading female characters, I “graded” them with an S (Strong), a W (Weak) or an SW (Strong & Weak).

Neryn – Shadowfell series by Juliet Marrillier  – S

Kricket Hollowel – Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol  – W

Sadie White – Breathe by Abbi Glines  – SW

Brooke – Real series by Katy Evans  -SW

Layla – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -SW

Savannah – Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan  – W

Camryn Bennet – The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski  -S

Alexandria Andros – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -S

Avery Morgansten – Wait for you also by JLA  -even if “damaged” in some way, this girl is so brave, that I can only consider her – S

Penryn Young – Penryn & The End of the Days series by Susan Ee  -S

Mercy – Cambion series by Shannon Dermott  -W – and kind of annoying

Mara Dyer – Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin  -S

Sydney Sage – Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead  -SW

Anna Whitt – Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  -W

Alice Bell – White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter  -W

Blaire Wynn – Too Far series by Abbi Glines  -SW

Maggie Master – The Significance series by Shelly Crane  -W

Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare  -S

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  -S

Rose  ‘Fucking HathawayVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (I’m sorry-not-sorry for the curse word, but it’s  Rose we’re talking about, she’s  whom I look up to) – S (with a BIG S)

Katy Swartz – Lux series by Jennifer L.Armentrout – S

Sophia Mercer – Hell Hall series by Rachel Hawkins  -SW

Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen (thank you Mom for showing me Jane Austen’s books)  -SW

And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!

Abby Abernathy – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire  -W

Kiera Allen – Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens  -W

Nora Grey – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  -W

Melanie Stryder/Wanderer – The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I want more books!!!)  -W

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi  -SW

Evie Claremont – The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol  -W

Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare  – W

Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved ALL the books I mentioned… but the lead characters made me think of violent things.

I hope this enlightened you in any way, if not, well, at least I hope you read the books I mentioned, they are all awesome in their own way. And remember, even if a book is considered canonical or not, you always learn something from it 🙂

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