The 10 Best Female Characters in Fiction

The 10 Best Female Characters in Fiction

It’s our day today, International Women’s Day! Yeah, it’s not as exciting as it should be, I don’t know anyone who counts down the days until today like they do Christmas or their birthday. But hey, it’s our day so let’s make the most of it. In celebration of today, I thought I’d list the 10 best female characters. At the very least you’ll get an idea for something to read or watch this weekend.

  1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.

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    Yeah okay, I started the list off with probably one of the most popular characters, but there’s a reason she’s so loved. An intelligent, powerful, strong woman who enters a world she never knew and completely dominates it? Yes, please. And who can forget the feeling they got reading the books or watching the films when they were 7 and seeing this girl and thinking that could be me.

  2. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

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    Okay, who couldn’t like her as a character? She’s honest, witty, and unwavering against society and her mother. Plus her refusing 3 proposals is quite something, I aspire to have that problem when I’m older.

  3. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman. 

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    Not only is this one of the greatest films ever made, but Vivian is one of the best characters ever to appear on screen. She’s strong. She is unapologetically a sex worker and she gets a guy to give her thousands of dollars for a week just to be his date to events. I mean they may fall in love but she’s still one of the strongest female characters. And who can forget the scene when she basically tells a judgemental retail worker they fucked up. Iconic.

  4. Cher Horowitz from Clueless.

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    An iconic film and one of the best (if not the best) adaptations of Emma. Cher may seem a bit ditzy and self-centered but she’s a genuinely good person and helpful friend. And she’s a character that marked a generation of slang and fashion.

  5. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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    Even if you’ve never seen the film you have an image in your head: Audrey Hepburn in front of Tiffany’s wearing a gown, gloves, sunglasses, eating a croissant. It’s an image as iconic as Marilyn Monroe over the subway grate. Holly is the epitome of what everyone wants their chic New York life to be, but she’s also quite the empowered character. Nobody can forget her response to a man telling her he loves her: “So what?”. Amazing. She shuts down his idea of her belonging to him now that he loves her. She doesn’t have time for his outdated notions of a woman needing a man to have a fulfilled life.

  6. Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. 

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    Anyone who watched this film probably thought that Miranda is the world’s worst boss, and I agree. I’d hate to have a boss like her. But I admire her greatly. She’s a career driven woman, and she doesn’t let people get in her way. And she still has time to care about her children, even if she doesn’t have the time to get the gifts herself she makes sure they receive them. And you can see the disappointment when she misses her daughters’ recital. She’s the perfect portrayal of a woman who loves her career and has to face the backlash from society because of that.

  7. Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.

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    Again how could she not make the list? A woman who proves beauty doesn’t mean brainless. You can have an interest in fashion without lacking interest or intelligence in anything else. Plus she proves her poor excuse of an ex-boyfriend wrong.

  8. Fantine from Les Misérables.

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    A young orphan who becomes pregnant and raises the child on her own? Amazing. Especially when you realise this was in the 1800’s. She sacrifices health, beauty, and dignity to help her child. She’s the epitome of a devoted mother.

  9. Elizabeth Swan from The Pirates of the Caribbean.

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    She goes from governor’s daughter to Pirate King. Need I say more?

  10. Éowyn from The Lord of the Rings. 

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    She never lets men stop her from fighting. She fights sexism, calls Aragorn out on his bullshit, and most notably, delivers a feminist speech before killing an enemy that all the men were afraid of. She’s the most badass female character and we should all strive to be like her.

Let me know who your favourite female characters are in the comments! Happy International Women’s Day!

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