Top Ten Favorite Heroines

Posted February 24, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello all! This is my first Top Ten Tuesday post! *does a little dance in excitement*


This week the prompt is “Top Ten Favorite Heroines” whether in books, movies, or tv shows. And let me tell you, do I have some heroines for you.

Hermione Granger/Emma Watson from Harry Potter (obviously)
You have to include the “/Emma Watson” because they’re basically the same person anyways. And she’s fantastic. I really connect with her in Harry Potter because I’ve always been the nerd of my friends. Therefore, nerd = awesome. Not only her nerdiness, but her strength, her beauty, and her ability to overcome obstacles make her the #1 fictional heroine in my book. Also have you heard the rumors of Emma and Prince Harry dating? Oh. My. Word. So much perfection. But have you also seen the rumor-crushing (and also heart-breaking) tweet from Emma this weekend? The rumors are false and every Harry Potter fan died a little inside.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Is there really anything that needs to be said here? You all understand what I’m saying. 

Vin from Mistborn
If you’re a fantasy lover or even just a book lover, you need to read Mistborn. Vin is the main protagonist and she is a rockin’ heroine. She starts off the story as a panhandler and by the end is considered by all as the Ascendant Warrior. And she can do some cool magic-y things (allomancy). Boom.

Cinder from Cinder
Cinder is a butt-kicking cyborg Cinderella. What isn’t there to love?

Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief
The Book Thief has always been one of my all-time favorites and this little girl is a huge reason why. She overcomes so much at such a young age. She comes to her own belief system of what is right despite what the government and everyone else around her tells her to believe. Also she loves books. They’re what shape her and help her grow. And her snarkiness! I love me some snarkiness.

Éponine from Les Misérables
Both in the novel and the movie (I’ve only seen the 2013 version…I know, shame on me), I love Éponine. She suffers from an unrequited love, a concept I know and (don’t) love but overcomes it, eventually ending in her selfless sacrifice. In the book you get much more of her backstory and her character is more complicated. The book is 1200+ pages, though, so I won’t blame you if you don’t read it. If you’re up for it, though, do it.

Celia from The Night Circus
This book is beautiful and so is this character. I fell in love with the intricacies and I’m excited to read the book again someday.

Rory from Gilmore Girls
Many people hate on Gilmore Girls but I love this show. I binge-watched it all when it came out on Netflix last fall. I became so attached to the characters, especially Rory. She made stupid choices about the boys in her life on an almost daily basis but I was still rooting for her all along. And the ending was perfect. She accomplished a lot in her life (or the eight seasons on Netflix) and she evolved into a strong, beautiful young lady.

My favorite moment: When Dean kisses her in the first season, her eyes get big, she pauses and then says “Thank you” before running away. So awkward…so awesome.
Also, all the books. She reads so many. If someone were to ask me, “Carlisa, who is your reading role model?” I think I would say the Rory Gilmore. [Sidenote: I’m just now realizing that a lot of my favorite heroines seem to be bibliophiles. Coincidence? Probably not.]

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation
love Parks and Rec. It’s hilarious. The characters and wonderful. And it’s one of the only reasons that makes me feel cool to say, “Yeah, I’m from Indiana.” But Leslie is awesome. She is a take-charge woman who loves waffles and her super nerdy/awesome husband. What isn’t to love?

Speaking of P&R, the series finale is tonight! Oh, the humanity!

Anne Elliot from Persuasion
For good measure I have to throw in a Jane Austen heroine because I love her. The most obvious Austen pick would be Elizabeth Bennett, but one of my favorites is Anne. I really relate to her and she holds strong to her love throughout years. If you haven’t read this one, I suggest it!

Here are my ten favorite heroines! Who are yours?


  • Petra

    I’ve only seen a few episodes of Gilmore Girls, but I really want to watch the whole show. And Hermione and Katniss made my list as well. Great list today! 🙂
    Here’s my TTT

    • I really recommend Gilmore Girls. It’s wonderful! Thanks for the comment!

  • christine danielle

    i love love love hermione because she’s everything i would want to be. 😀

    MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

    • I agree! She’s amazing. Thanks for the comment and the post!

  • Ooh I like your list, a nice mixture of mediums.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    • There were so many more I could have posted. And now that it’s up, I keep coming up with more. Ten is such a small number! Thanks for the comment.

  • Stephanie

    I LOVE Gilmore Girls! 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Top Ten!

    • I’m glad you share my love for the Gilmores! Thanks for the comment.

  • Ah your blog is so cute! Thanks for stopping by on mine – now I have another blog to follow 😉
    I love your list. Hermione. YES. And Leslie Knope. DOUBLE YES.

  • Love that Liesel’s on your list too! I’ve seen Vin mentioned on a few lists today, she must be pretty awesome…I really need to read the Mistborn trilogy!

    • YES you do! I read them all last year and they’re beautiful.

  • I haven’t heard of many of these, but I definitely agree with Katniss and Cinder! Love them!!

    Here are my Top Ten!

  • Tiffany York

    Great list! Several of them are the same ones that are on my own list. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! :]

  • Ash

    I love your selection 🙂 There’s a lot of character and series from your list that is on my TBR list too, and now I’m even more pumped to read them because, in your opinion, they have awesome heroines!
    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten too <3