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 🙂

Book Review: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)Shadowfell by Juliet Marrilier

Series: Shadowfell (#1)

Published: September 11th 2012

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary: ” Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec. 
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.”

Review

I really, really loved this book! It’s so different from what I’m used to read, reading it was like a breath of fresh air or eating a different type of chocolate (very delicious chocolate!).

Juliet Marillier created a world with a strong, female character who has a long journey in front of her.

Neryn, the main character is traveling with her father, walking from place to place, having barely any money. Neryn’s father, like Neryn, lost everyone, they were all killed by a very dangerous military group, the Enforcers, who work for the king, Keldec, king of Alban. Keldec rules Alban with an iron fist, condemning thousands of people to death for having gifts, magical gifts. Those people with special talents are called the Impure, meaning they have to be “cleansed”.

Neryn and her father are running from the Enforcers who are looking for her. However, Neryn’s father decides to play a luck-game (on a boat), he gets drunk, end’s up losing all their money, and bet’s Neryn (asshat). He loses and Neryn is then given off to an enigmatic traveler, Flint. Surprisingly, Flint and Neryn don’t have what would be called a cliche romance. In fact, they split ways.  Neryn travels by herself to find Shadowfell, a place where people like her live. It is also a place where rebellions live.

Neryn faces a lot of hardships, illness, the death of a friend, danger, the Enforcers, and many others. In spite of this, Neryn finds hope in the Good Folk. The Good Folk are a race of (I didn’t want to use this word, but that’s exactly what they are…) magical beings who remain hidden from the outside world. These beings help her on her journey with their knowledge, some even become her friends, others…not so much.

It really touched me to see the evolution on Neryn, some people say she’s weak, but I strongly disagree with them, Neryn is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to “meet”!

Flint is also not your typical boy-crush, he’s a young man, a young man who had to grow up early. I can’t give you much detail about him, you have to read to find out, but once you do find out about him you don’t know how to feel about him…

If you want to read a sweet, oh-so romantic story, I don’t recommend you this book, this book does have some romance, but not the usual kind. This story is not focused on love, but on strength and fight for a better place.

I really loved this book, I want to read the second one right now!! A friend of mine told me to read the Sevenwaters series, also by Juliet Marillier, I guess that’s exactly what I’m gonna do (after the exams T.T)

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4.5 Chibis