My Favourite Female Book Characters

Jane Eyre of Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre was so much more than a love story. It is about the life of a determined and gentle woman who faced adversities yet never complained. First her traumatic childhood in which she was left an orphan, and bullied and ostracised by her relatives. She then faced extreme hardships at the school she was sent to and had to grow up very quickly and learn about life things a child should not have to endure. Despite this entry to adulthood, Jane Eyre wanted to be in control of her own life and was determined to make the best of it that she could. This persistent and strong-willed manner made me want to take every step of the way with her.

Jane Eyre would not accept being thought of or treated as second class because of her gender, nor because of her lack of wealth, position or her lower class in society. What Jane did have was education and she used that to her advantage and for the power that it truly is.

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Hermione of the Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Growing up reading the Harry Potter books, Hermione was a character I always connected with. Bookish, ambitious, independent, frizzy hair, owning a cat – but to name a few of her characteristics that resonated with me. As a muggle born witch, she was every reader’s connection to what it would be like if that letter came delivered by an owl. Now in later life, I connect with that aspect in a different way. As a revert Muslim, like with being a muggle born, you find yourself in a world of cultures and norms that are completely unfamiliar to you and which you are now apart of – whether you are always readily accepted or not.

Hermione was the first female character (or any character) to my memory, who read a lot, cared about her education, was proud of it and did not give a monkeys whether this was cool or not. She was fiercely loyal and was there for her friends through the absolute worst of it all and never batted an eyelid or hesitated for a second.

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These are my top two favourites, more to come… Who are your favourite female book characters? 🙂

 

 

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10 thoughts on “My Favourite Female Book Characters

  1. Safiyah says:

    I like Hermione too! her cat and her dedication in studying. Oh and I want her Time-turner too! Lol 🤣

    I always love to read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. (I have read it for I don’t know how many times and I watched the movie). I love all of them, the female characters, especially Jo March, how she love her family but not her boyish attitude. I like Beth March as well for being sweet and good in playing the piano and her love for kittens! ☺️

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    • Safiyah says:

      Omg yes her time turner, imagine all the books you would have time to read with that 😍😂
      Aww they all sound great.. I’ve had Little Women on my bookshelf for so long but have never got around to reading it but I will definitely prioritise that on my to read list! ☺️

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  2. AdilaMKarol says:

    I’ve also enjoyed reading Jane Eyre. It is well written and as a female, there’s so much I could feel along with her. There’s some sadness and happiness that keeps coming and going throughout the story. But overall, it was a good book to read!☺️

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  3. quietwatercraft says:

    My favourite female character (and one of my favourite books) is Stargirl. I read it when I was a teenager and over 10 years later I still remember how it affected me, how I wanted to be kinder and more observant, and strong in the sense of being who I am without bothering what other people think of me.
    I’m not sure any book since has ever had such a profound effect on me!

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    • Safiyah says:

      Oh wow that sounds like an amazing book, I love it when a book can really affect you and change how you think and it’s quite a rare thing. I think I need to give Stargirl a read at some point!

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