Jane Eyre from the novel of the same name by Charlotte Bronte ~ This list is in no particular order, but if it were, Jane Eyre would still be first. She’s an amazing character. She’s timid, yet not afraid to speak her mind. She’s creative and intelligent. Although she considers herself plain and homely, she realizes her self-worth is not based on her physical appearance. Neither does she judge others based on wealth or appearance. If she were an actual person, we would definitely be friends.
Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson ~ Everything I listed regarding Jane Eyre applies to Elisa as well. Elisa begins the series as a timid girl, but by the series’ end, she is a brave, confident young woman. She leads her people to the best of her ability and realizes that all the magic she needs comes from within.
Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ~ Jo is an awesome character. She’s flawed, but her flaws are endearing. Many of the adjectives I used to describe Jane and Elisa can be applied to Jo as well. Except timid. No one could ever describe Jo March as timid.
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery ~ That’s Ann with an e. (If you’ve read the book, you’ll get that reference.) Vivacious, creative, stubborn . . . what’s not to love about Montgomery’s redheaded orphan?
Hadassah from the first two books in The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers ~ Hadassah constantly struggles throughout both books with her faith, feelings for Marcus, and her timidness. However, she finds the strength and courage to overcome all obstacles before they overcome her. People frequently say, “The struggle is real,” about many different things. Well, for Hadassah, the struggle truly is real, and the way she succeeds is nothing short of miraculous.
What about you? Do you have a favorite female book character? Please leave your responses in the comments.