Recently, I joined a group on the website Goodreads. Naturally, its focus is on women and women issues yet through literature. One of the group discussions asked about a favorite female character from a book. Sadly, I could not think of one.
Though, I have read books with females in them (how could I not?) and I have read some books where the females are the protagonist I do not have a favorite book based on the female characters role. I started off loving "The Hunger Games" until I realized how indecisive Katniss was and I read the final book where she settles down for love and marriage. I was incredibly disappointed with that ending and because of it, Katniss is no longer a female character I admire.
I've also read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series in which there are many females who play different roles than what are typically found in novels, yet I read these books for the action and no one character stood out to me as being someone I truly loved and would call my favorite.
There were mentions in the discussion group of Jane Eyre, Matilda, Scarlett O'Hara from the book (not the movie which is my personal favorite) and even the ladies from the Joy Luck Club. I've read these books. I've enjoyed these books. They are not my favorite females.
Even more sad was the realization that most of the books being mentioned, I had never heard of. Some were international books and others were classics that I was never required to read so I never did. I started to feel disappointed in myself. As a huge crusader for women's rights and critically involved with women's issues, why haven't I read books about and for females? Why can't I choose one female character who is my absolute favorite for her strong qualities? In truth, I'm not female literate enough.
So, I'm wondering, how many of you can name a female character that you admire? What do you admire about her and why? I think its interesting that I was never encouraged to read books with strong females in them and that when I was old enough, I never chose to read them myself. So a new goal for me, become more female literate. Who else feels the same and is making that goal with me?