Book Meme Day 16: My Favorite Female Character

Returning to my two ways of defining favorite from Day 15, I find it difficult to think of female characters who would be strong favorites in either category. Not to say I haven’t read about many extraordinary, admirable, and attractive women in fiction, but simply that most of the characters that seem to get most of the author’s attention in my books seem to be male. I can think of many good female characters, but few that I got to know well enough to be considered a favorite. Even worse, many of these few are from books I have not read in years, meaning I rely on memories of memories in order to evaluate them. Still, who are the candidates?

I nearly chose Eilonwy, from The Prydain Chronicles of Lloyd Alexander. She is the best of the fiery redheads, pairing ravishing beauty with a tomboyish attitude, and she loves the sweetness in Taran, the poor pigherder who is too often frightened and confused by her wild temper and easily-offended pride. Eilonwy is endearing and hilarious, but I did not choose her.

I briefly contemplated Polgara from The Belgariad by David and Leigh Eddings. She is gorgeous for her 3000-some years, one of the most powerful sorceresses around, wants mostly a happy home life as a wife and mother but will literally eradicate anyone who harms those she loves, has some very strict morals, is a romantic for the big things and pragmatic for the little things, and is prone to destroying castle towers if you sneak out on a certain-death quest without her. Her wit, good humor, and motherly love are what make her so great, but still, I can’t say she speaks to me personally as a character.

Then there is Lúthien, who would win handily if she was given a detailed enough treatment by Tolkien. If.

I would have gone with one of these women had it not been for Melpomene’s Day 16 post, which came out early today. Her choice seems so clear upon reflection, and is argued persuasively enough, that I fear I can do little more than sign my name below hers, in agreement. I can’t add anything, at this point.

So. My choice for favorite (which includes most admirable) female character in fiction, at this point, is…

Lucy Pevensie, from The Chronicles of Narnia.

My reasons are the same as Melpomene’s. Read them here.

3 thoughts on “Book Meme Day 16: My Favorite Female Character

  1. Thief!

    Actually, I am quite honored that I was able to so heavily influence your decision. It was quite unintended.

    Also, what is this “Belgariad” of which you speak? I have never heard of it! And, as I am free from school work as of an hour ago, I do have a bit of time! Hurrah!

    (I have this time until June 8, when I begin Intensive Latin. Wheelock in one month . . . I die. So pass on book ideas now.)

    1. Ah, glorious freedom! The Belgariad is a fun 5-part epic fantasy series — there’s actually a good article on it at TVTropes. Eddings purposefully uses all the cliches of high fantasy, quests, and worldbuilding that he can find and tries to do them as good as they can be done, but without taking himself too seriously. It’s not quite to Terry Pratchett levels of comedy, as I gather, but there’s lots of wit and humor, and the characters are clearly defined, appealing personalities. Lots of great dialogue too. I remember it being pretty well paced also, because each book keeps you reading into the night. Don’t look for it to be groundbreaking or original because it’s not trying to be. It just tries to be some of the most fun you’ve had reading a book, and it mostly succeeds.

      Yay Wheelock! I loved Wheelock. Maybe I’m the only one who did, haha. But that was just for Introductory Latin. Good luck with Intensive – it sounds fun! +)

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