Last weekend I posted my top 5 YA boys after reading the posts of some of my fave blogging gal pals and Trish Doller. In the interest of being equal, here are my favourite girlies. Note - I will only choose one character from an author's accumulative work.
1. Francesca (Melina Marchetta - Saving Francesca)
I cannot pretend there aren't similarities between myself and Francesca. Unfortunately one of those commonalities isn't Will Trombal but my mother suffered severe depression during my teen years and I usually have argy-bargy interchanges with boys I like. Francesca is a strong, Australian protagonist who managed to make me relate to her intensely as she learnt what she was really made of. It helps that she's also a big Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice specifically) and Buffy fan, she's got great taste. Most of all, I'd like to be her friend.
2. DJ Schwenk (Catherine Gilbert Murdock - Dairy Queen series)
What's not to love? She challenges gender stereotypes without being a cliche. She plays football. She runs her parents' farm. Most importantly, she doesn't whine or whinge. DJ sucks it up and keeps on keeping on which is enormously refreshing in YAverse. If only she would ditch Brian...
3. Jo March (Louisa May Alcott - Little Woman)
Jo is everything I wanted to be as a child. It still disappoints me greatly that she ended up with Professor Bhaer but it doesn't diminish her in my eyes. She was a writer with a wild imagination and I wanted both of those things. I always wanted to be bold like her...I think I am getting there :)
4. Alanna of Trebond (Tamora Pierce - Song of the Lioness Series)
Alanna was my entry into fantasy. Alanna was strong, intelligent, incredibly diligent, loyal, gifted and a worthy friend. She also crossdressed (which was great); I learnt everything there was to know about chest binding from her. She also had a cat, which I will forgive her for. Even better, she was stubborn beyond belief and had a fiery temper - I would cackle mirthlessly when she'd erupt.
5. Riley (Simmone Howell - Everything Beautiful)
Riley doesn't filter and I love her for it. She's a big girl with a big mouth who does everything a teen isn't supposed to do. Her journey to find herself is real, there are no cliches here. She's unique and unapologetic. Love her.
Ring In - Kurt (Melissa Walker - Violet in Private)
He's beyond a category but I wanted to include him, having forgotten to in the previous list. I love him. I wrote an email to Melissa immediately after finishing the novel saying how much I loved him. Yes, it's fangirl bad. He's my Edward, equally as shiny, nowhere near as pale. Probably as likely to bite :P
1. Bella (Stephenie Meyer - Twilight)
Two things bug me - 1) Her dad lived alone for fifteen years and yet she needed to look after him? Tell Charlie to get off his butt and cook something, anything. 2) Why would you curl up next to a cold, marble-like body in your sleep? Doesn't make sense. Obviously there are other glaring reasons but mine are petty.
2. Laurel (Aprilynne Pike - Wings)
Not her in particular but the whole 'woe is me' cliche - I am perfect and beautiful.
3. Ginny (Maureen Johnson - 13 Little Blue Envelopes)
I thought Ginny was a complete dunderhead for not breaking her promise to her aunt. She endangered herself with her stubborness and didn't really possess much of a spark. (Thankfully I am very much enjoying the girls in Suite Scarlett, even little Marlene).
4. Daisy (Meg Rosoff - How I Live Now)
Great book but I detested the protagonist.
5. Sister Tabitha (Carrie Ryan - The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
She's not a girl but she's female and evil so she'll do. The lady makes my blood boil which is a testament to great writing but I still loathe her.
What about you? Who do you love and loathe in terms of the females in YA?