Let’s talk bookish- strong female characters

June 5 2020:  How Do You Feel About “Strong Female Characters” (Dani @ Literary Lion)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by others posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


Growing up, Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl were the male lead characters which I liked. While for female representation, I only liked Nancy Drew. She was smart and used her curious nature to solve crimes. In her way, she was strong mentally, very intuitive, and smart. I like that the story focused on how she solved the mystery. Now, females are represented in a lot of ways. They could be spies, assassins, princesses, faes, and other characters.

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Most of the books I read have strong female characters. They are either strong physically, mentally, or emotionally. Well balanced characters are mostly in YA books. However I prefer reading an imperfect character more than a perfect one. Usually, I like reading books with a female character who is physically not strong but is smart and emphatic of others. With this in mind, I gravitate to most romance novels.

Most romance heroines are not strong physically but emotionally and mentally. They only have their happy ending when they start to be honest with themselves. It takes courage and strength to admit love most especially if the situation is not in their favor. Romance novels also have branched out to have strong physical heroines too. Now, there are romance books with female spies and assassins as the main character.

Historical fiction has strong women as its characters too. An example is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. This story has strong female characters who survived the war while living in a place where they were unwanted. While deprived of luxuries they were able to work to support their family. The war has challenged them physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Young adult novels usually have well balanced female characters. Most female characters transform due to the environment and circumstance. An example would be Katniss from the Hunger Games. She is smart, strong physically, and loves her sister very much. Another well-balanced character is Jude from the Folk of Air series. She is smart enough to keep her ambitions and family alive. Also, Jude is not lacking physically because she wields a sword with efficiency.

The bookish world has been gradually uplifting strong female characters. Now, an assortment of books is available for females to relate too. A lot of princesses, assassins, goddesses, and other female characters are in books now. I’m lucky enough to be alive where books with female representation are prevalent. Now, it is not hard to recommend a book to my female relatives since they enjoy strong female characters as much as me.


I liked this topic. It is a late let’s talk bookish post but I hope you enjoyed reading.

Question: What books could you recommend with strong females?

Thank you for reading!

-R


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7 thoughts on “Let’s talk bookish- strong female characters

  1. I’m so happy to see you mention romance heroines – girls in contemporary and historical fiction can be strong too! It isn’t all about slaying dragons. Pachinko sounds really interesting, I’ve never read anything like it.

    I adore Jude from The Folk of the Air but I am of the unpopular opinion that Taryn is also good. She’s just a human girl trying to survive surrounded by fae. She does some bad things but I think she’s a well written and strong female character despite it.

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    1. I mentioned them because some still think that heroines in romance novels are waiting to be saved. Most heroines in the books I read create or think of solutions to get out of a sticky situation. It just happens that some fellow wants to help her.
      Do read pachinko, It was a good read, my relatives liked it too. We have been discussing it everytime someone finishes reading it. As for Taryn, I have not read the third book so my view on her is still not tainted. I still think she is a strong girl with a different point of view from Jude.

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  2. You want a really strong female character? Read The Huntress with the character Nina. She’s like, blow me away strong! Also, Billie Walker in Tara Moss’ new series The War Widow (aka Dead Man’s Switch).

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