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10-01-2007, 01:04 AM
Hi All!
I'm trying to come up with a list of heroines from literature. I need about 6 or 7 characters who are well-known and have strong personality traits, good or bad, which can be easily found in women today. My villian is going to choose his victims because they remind him of certain fictional heroines. Problem is, my so-called 'most memorable heroines' may not be memorable to someone else. So, what do you think? Which fictional females stand out to you?

10-01-2007, 01:06 AM
Jane Eyre!
Mmm, any of the fairy tale ladies-- my favorite is Beauty.

10-01-2007, 01:32 AM
Scarlett O'Hara
Cathy Earnshaw
Daisy Miller
Lizzie Bennet
Lily Bart
Madame Bovary
Eliza Doolittle
any of Shakespeare's female characters: Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, Beatrice, etc.
Anna Karenina
Maid Marian

10-01-2007, 02:15 AM
Hester Prynne

10-01-2007, 02:18 AM
Oh, and Jo from Little Women.

10-01-2007, 02:26 AM
Jane Marple

10-01-2007, 03:07 AM
herself, or alexandra bergson if she has to be fiction. -s6

Sandi LeFaucheur
10-01-2007, 04:58 AM
Rebecca de Winter
Cathy (in Wuthering Heights)
Mrs. Rochester (in Jane Eyre)
Mrs. Danvers (in Rebecca)

10-01-2007, 05:30 AM
Oh, and Jo from Little Women.

Now why didn't I think of that one? ;)

10-01-2007, 05:50 AM
More recently:
Bridget Jones
Clarice Starling
Kinsey Milhone
V.I. Warshawski

10-01-2007, 05:52 AM
This isn't a novel, but I've always admired Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies.

10-01-2007, 06:02 AM
Not a heroine per se, but I'd add Irene Adler

Kathie Freeman
10-01-2007, 07:44 PM
How about Nora from Ibsen's A Doll's House, or Eliza Doolittle?

10-01-2007, 07:50 PM
Now why didn't I think of that one? ;)

Doesn't every female writer consider herself to be like Jo? I certainly did! And, of course, Meg from A Wrinkle in Time.

Calla Lily
10-01-2007, 08:02 PM
Mary from On the Beach
Florence Dombey from Dombey and Son (tied for most annoying, weak, whiny heroine ever)

Mary Russell (From Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes series)

10-01-2007, 08:54 PM
Frankly, my dear, I DO give a damn. I'll second Scarlett O'Hara.

Richard White
10-01-2007, 09:40 PM
Rowena and Rebecca from Ivanhoe

(Too bad this is limited to literature. I would have nominated Emma Peel from the Avengers or Sara Jane from Dr. Who to this list.)

10-01-2007, 11:04 PM
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables gets my vote.

10-02-2007, 12:57 AM
Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's works. <<favorite, not famous. My bad. Worth reading, I think.

10-02-2007, 09:12 PM
I vote for Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre, Guinevere, Scarlet O'Hara, Jo March, and...oooh! Nancy Drew! And one of Shakespeare's leading ladies. Ophelia or Helena or Hermia, maybe? Helen of Troy?

It gets more difficult when you come to favorite heroines that you're not sure if others (i.e. the whole wide world) know. Like Charlotte Doyle. I loved Charlotte Doyle when I was younger.

10-02-2007, 10:20 PM
robert musil
the judge from stranger in a strange land

10-03-2007, 08:07 AM
HECK YES Clarice Starling!
Too many women in liturature are pansies, though. *See Ophelia*. We need some more ass-kicking chicks. I liked Alanna of Trebond, but she's not that well known.

10-08-2007, 02:46 AM
Florence Nightingale

10-08-2007, 02:48 AM
She wasn't fictional.

First one who sprang to mind was Scarlett O'Hara. A few others who've been mentioned here, I've never heard of, and given how much I read, I'd be surprised if a great percentage of the population had heard of them either.

10-09-2007, 12:16 AM
Barbara Havers in Elizabeth George's mystery novels.

Sergeant Flora, from "The Loevely Sergeant" by Alan Burgess

Marylda, from "The Laird And The Lady" by Joan Grant

Guess that these characters might not be famous, but they sure do stand out to me!

10-13-2007, 05:41 PM
Jane Eyre, for sure!

12-16-2007, 09:01 PM
Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Lyra Jean
12-16-2007, 09:28 PM
Juniper MacKenzie of the Clan MacKenzie High priestess of Dun Juniper and the Goddess-on-Earth. (Dies the Fire trilogy by S.M. Stirling)
and her daughter Eilir MacKenzie.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
and her sister Mary Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder).

Jill (Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein).

Dana Scully (X-Files) I've seen X-Files novels so does this count?

Pithlit (Otherland series by Tad Williams).

Claudia Gray
12-16-2007, 10:08 PM
Becky Sharp of Vanity Fair
Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's
pretty much any Austen heroine, but especially Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice

12-17-2007, 05:56 AM
As much as I hated the books, Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) should get at least a mention, just for having to put with Ron and Harry...


12-17-2007, 06:13 AM
Daisy Buchanan, definitely.

12-17-2007, 07:44 AM
Dolly stands out more to me than Anna Karenina.

Elnora Comstock, "A Girl of the Limberlost"

Antonia "My Antonia", especially as we meet her later in life.

Gotta give a second vote to Hester Prynne. And a third. She was a great character.

Any Jane Austen women.

Mary, "A Secret Garden"

And of course Anne Shirley and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (They may not be "great" literature, but they are very familiar and memorable.)

12-17-2007, 04:02 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ;)

What? There have been graphic novels of Buffy - literature.