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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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!

14 comments:

trish said...

ROFL!!! Oh, man, I thought I was the only one who'd read Wideacre...wasn't Beatrice just a great character?? Maybe not great morally, but she was definitely interesting to read about. I was sorry to see her go, I was rooting for her to change throughout the whole book...ah well.

Maree said...

I'm kind of glad she didn't change _ even for the lovely Scottish doctor. She was who she was. :)

Melody said...

I've not heard of the others except Neil Gaiman, LOTR and Agatha Christie. There're so many to choose from... for a moment my mind is a blank, hehe.

Happy BTT!

Julia said...

I'm not familiar with the books you list except for LOTR, which I love :)

Happy Thursday! And thanks for visiting my blog :)

Julia-Yen

gautami tripathy said...

I like Miss Maple. Some character, she is!

Here is my BTT post

Barbara H. said...

I've yet to read Miss Marple -- I need to amend that! It's been ages since I read Rebecca -- I don't remember much about it. I like Arwen, too. I'm not familiar with the others.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Val Gryphin said...

I loved Stardust - Neal Gaimen is an amazing writer.

http://www.valgryphin.com/2008/02/28/booking-through-thursday/

Val Gryphin said...

Whoops - here's my link

Table Talk said...

Miss Marple is a lovely idea. Now there's a woman of real independence.

Pooch said...

I like the variety of characters you have selected. Very nice scope of possibilities for female characters.

:)

Maree said...

Thanks everyone :)
Once I got started, they just seemed to keep coming to me! This was an interesting question.

Chris said...

I haven't read Stardust yet, but want to.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I've got Wildacre here, waiting for its turn to be read. Now I'm really curious to get to it; I'm going to have to bump it up higher on the pile. Thanks for the suggestion.

Lesley said...

There are some fantastic females in your list, but since your comment on my blog, I'm fascinated to know who irritates you! Thanks for dropping by - but please come back and tell me about your least favourites!!