Sorry for the delay with this post, I’ve felt sick all day so I laid in front of the television for hours upon hours mindlessly watching “Charmed” on Netflix. Originally I was going to have today’s post be my top ten series to start, but that requires research and such, so I’ve jumped ahead to writing about my top ten favorite protagonists. I’ll be honest most, if not all, of these protagonists will be from Young Adult fiction.
- Rose Hathaway, Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
- Rose forever makes this list because she is just so bad-ass while also facing real (as real as a dhampir) emotions when it comes to her love.
- Sydney Sage, Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
- Sydney Sage is a beautifully crafted character who has low self-esteem, while also judging magic and vampires. In a sense, Sydney always seemed to have more depth than Rose ever did.
- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Lizzy Bennet stands out by having her own mind, and letting others know it. While that may seem common nowadays, in Austen’s time this was an anomaly.
- Clary Fray, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Clary is awesome in her ability to easily transition into a whole new world within her own.
- Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- If someone stated they don’t like Katniss, they have to be lying. Katniss makes difficult decisions, while living in a society where her ability to choose is extremely limited.
- Cinder, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Cinder lives a difficult life being a cyborg, and finding out that she is also a lost princess can not be easy either. This character is able to adapt herself quickly in a means that allows her to save other lives as well.
- Cather Avery, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- When I first picked up Fangirl I wasn’t expecting much, the character of Cather changed that for me. Cath, as she is known as was a relatable character to me because she is shy and has a difficult time transitioning to her first year of college. I was able to relate because I had both of those problems. While the story does into more problems than that, the plot never once feels overloaded. Cath is able to make it through all of her struggles by developing a lot over the course of her freshman year.
- Beatrice Prior, Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
- Tris is also one of my favorites because of her bad-ass status and her inability to back down from a challenge.
- Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Hazel is a phenomenal character. That is all that needs to be said. But really, she is able to cope with so much pain that I am crying before the character even has time to register the pain.
- Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The only male character to make this list, Charlie is unique and shy. These traits made him stand out to me, he is misunderstood and he loves to read, and he also faced a lot of challenges in his life as well. Challenges that he managed to suppress for awhile. Seeing him conquer them and move forward had me falling in love with him.
So this list was harder to put together than I thought it would be. But I managed in the end, it is evident by this list that I love protagonists that are strong women.
Also side note is that this post was inspired by the Broke and the Bookish.