This is going to be very similar to my If Only These Female Characters Could Be My Friends! post, but you can never have enough fierce female characters! I made a list of my top 3 female characters for a readathon last week, and I thought you guys would enjoy it as well. I'm sure when I see this post again in a few days, I'll be mad at myself thinking, "how could I forget about HER?"
First up and my number one is Jo (Josephine March; later March-Bhaer) from Little Women. She's 15 at the beginning of the book, which is around the same age I was when I first met her. I had a Turkish translation copy of the book my mother gave me; it was the book she had and read as a girl. I was instantly in love with Jo; I wanted to be her, I wanted her to be my friend, my sister. She's very different from all her sisters, which is why I liked her in the first place. Then, she's rather tomboyish, has a temper, knows what she wants and works hard to get it. She's creative, funny, strong, unladylike for her own good and a writer. She cares about her family and friends and will go to any length for them. Meeting her was the first time I really realized I didn't have to fit the mold the society had set out for me. In the 1994 movie, she's played by Winona Ryder, and I really think she fits her so well. Every actor/actress casted in that movie was just how I pictured them. I love the movie just as well. I watch it at least once every year to remind myself of what I've learned from Jo.
Then there is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Even though she ends up a princess in the end, she struggles through life and love first. I've always felt very close to her probably because she loved to read. I myself too had my nose buried in a book since I can't even remember when, and when I saw that girls who read could be princesses too, I had hope. I've also always thought the Beast was more cute than ugly. He turns into a blond prince in the end, which might even explain my obsession with blond men. But let's leave it at that for now since it's a whole another psychological evaluation.
My third and final pick is Hermione Granger. This one doesn't need much explanation, right? She's got the books, the smarts, the beauty; the everything. She's someone we all wanna be and also to have as a friend.