Top 8 Female Literary Heroines

When reading a book, we often look up to the characters we come across. We learn valuable lessons from them and are able to understand more about life through their experiences. The definition of a heroine is: “a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” There are plenty of these women in literature and since it’s Women’s History Month, we decided to celebrate them with a list of our top 8.

1) Hermione Granger – The Harry Potter series

Not only is Hermione a loyal friend, she’s as brave and smart as they get. She’s a skilled witch who really knows her stuff. She’s always there to help her friends when they’re in trouble and never fails to show off when she has the chance. We love how Hermione is always the most loyal friend to Ron and Harry, and we adore that the boys agree she’s the best of the bunch (she is).  


2) Lisbeth Salander  – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth is the main character in the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. She’s tough, has a photographic memory, and has amazing hacking skills. Lisbeth makes our list because she knows how to protect herself. She may be violent, but Lisbeth is no-nonsense. 


3) Beatrice Prior – The Divergent series

Beatrice is a part of Dauntless, a faction known for its brave, courageous, and fearless members. Tris puts everyone above herself and she knows how to fight. When it comes to protecting those she cares about, Tris will give up anything – literally, anything. 


4) Starr Carter  – The Hate U Give

Starr has witnessed two murders in her lifetime and she’s only in high school. When she is the only witness to her friend Khalil’s murder at the hands of a police officer, she must be courageous enough to stand up for what’s right. Starr makes our list for her unrelenting decision to speak the truth. 


5) Katniss Everdeen  – The Hunger Games series

Katniss makes it her mission to save the people in each District. She’ll go as far as volunteering to take her sister’s place in the death match known as The Hunger Games. Katniss is selfless and hell-bent on protecting those she cares about most. Serious kudos to her for fighting for what she believes in and not being swayed by other, more powerful opinions.


6) Hua Mulan – The Ballad of Mulan

We all know the story of Mulan. She risked her life and took her father’s place in war. Mulan fought for twelve years and never accepted any reward. Mulan is clearly a heroine who belongs on this list. 


7) Daenerys Targaryen  – A Game of Thrones series

The Mother of Dragons will stop at nothing until her people are free, and the seven kingdoms are under her rule. She is a fierce warrior, Queen, and woman in her own right. She doesn’t need anyone to help her succeed because of those dragons. 


8) Offred  – The Handmaid’s Tale

Offred was stolen from her home and the world she knew and thrown into a world of chaos where she’s forced to birth babies for the Commander. This dystopian society that Offred dwells in is misogynistic and inhumane, but she plays her cards right to better her situation and protect herself. 



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