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).
Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare -S
And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!
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 🙂