Thursday, February 28, 2008

Heroine Addiction

Today's BTT question:
Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)

I decided to use my old approach to multiple choice exams and use the first answers that came to mind.

1. Baby from Heather O'Neill's Lullabies For Little Criminals -Perhaps it's the father in me, but I just wanted to protect this girl. She's funny, tough and tragic.

2. Vanessa MacLeod from Margaret Laurence's Bird in the House - I admit that the character stuck with me more than her name and I had to look it up. I also had trouble choosing between her and Morag Gunn from another Laurence masterpiece The Diviners. Still, and I don't know what it says about me, but I relate to the females in Margaret Laurence novels and for that minor miracle I had to pick one.

3. Scout Finch from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee achieved the nearly impossible with Scout: a story told from a child's perspective that doesn't dumb down the vocabulary yet makes it believable. I suspect this name will come up a lot amongst the BTT participants.

4. Sheilagh Fielding from Wayne Johnston's Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Sheilagh resonated with lots of readers apparently. So much so, Johnston wrote her a sequel. I haven't read Custodian of Paradise yet, but in Dreams at least, she was the perfect personification of independence.


Chrisbookarama said...

Scout is a great choice. I'm not familiar with the others though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Great title!

I'm going with Nomie Nickel from A Complicated Kindness, Bridget Jones, and Luna Lovejoy from all those Harry Potters.

Anonymous said...

The Margaret Laurence women are pretty impressive, aren't they? I think I liked Morag Gunn best.

Remi said...

I'll throw my lot in with Morag Gunn, as well, and not just because we share the same last name.

Allison said...

Great topic.

I think I would have to go with Scout as well. Hmmm...and Franny from Franny and Zooey.

Anonymous said...

Violet Elizabeth Bott, from Richmal Crompton's William series.

Unknown said...

Cassandra Mortmain of I Capture the Castle. Kinsey Millhone of the Sue Grafton mysteries. Bridget Jones. Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood. Anne Shirley. To name a few!