Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
The truth is, I have no idea. Usually in fiction, I find female characters really annoying and two-dimensional. So this will be interesting ... hmm ...
Beatrice from Wideacre by Phillippa Gregory. She is definitely a woman ahead of her time _ scheming, manipulative and smart _ what's not to like?
Miss Marple. I love Agatha Christie novels, and although I think I prefer Poirot as a detective, I still have the love for Miss Marple.
Uhm ... this is going to sound strange, but Rebecca, from Rebecca. I realise that she's not actually in the book as a character, but even so she's larger than life and about 10 times more vivid than the present Mrs de Winter. Plus, we only have Maxim's word for how much of a witch she was.
Yvaine from Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I love the fact that, despite her being a star and all, she's in a bad mood for a lot of the book. As you would be.
Uhm .... Arwen from The Lord of the Rings. I know her role in the books isn't that big, but she always seems beautiful and remote and otherworldly to me _ as she's supposed to, I suppose.
I'm sure I'll think of others, but that'll do for a start!