Thank you for your comments on last week's blog post about strong female characters! We had so many great suggestions that we've put together another list for futher reading. And stay tuned: coming up is a post on favourite male characters--so leave your suggestions in the comments!
Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
"She is my most recent favourite female character. Nervy, resolute and resourceful, she is a true survivor in an ongoing, cruel adult game that easily destroys many bigger, stronger, and more experienced players.
If the always unpredictable George R. R. Martin lets her survive, it’s easy to imagine this exceptional child becoming an even more remarkable woman." (JT)
Scarlet O'Hara (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)
"In addition to being ruthless, selfish and self-centered, she is also beautiful, powerful, intelligent and well ahead of her time, which is notable in her knack for business and her marital endeavors..." (Patti)
Helen of Troy (Homer's Iliad)
"I’ve always like Helen of Troy from classical literature. She was the daughter of Zeus and brought about the Trojan War by being abducted by Paris. I always liked the idea that the beauty of her face launched 1000 ships." (Brent)
Alanna of Trebond from The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
"The novels from Tamora Pierce also have great female main characters. I read her Song Of The Lioness quartet when I was younger. Have read all her Tortal books since then. Really great reads!" (Krysta)
Aomame from Haruki Murakami's 1Q84
"Aomame is a trained killer who eliminates abusive husbands with the single stroke of needle-like ice pick to top of the spine. To unwind, she prefers to have sex with bald men. As she faces her most daunting task to take out the leader of a powerful, untouchable religious cult, she must also deal with a second moon which has suddenly appeared in the sky, right next to the usual moon." (Phil)
Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill (real people) Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Grey
"I have recently read two books about strong women in Canada: Sisters in the Wilderness and Nellie McClung, both by Charlotte Grey. Excellent books!" (Carole)