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Latest female characters who blew my mind away


I know I'm a bit late on the actual International Women's Day celebration, but as it is Women's Day everyday anyways, I decided I'd pay an homage to the female fictional characters who have inspired me to be a better, stronger and more determined human being.

Last year I have read 42 books, and I've never felt more empowered by being a girl than when I was going through those pages.
Some I had read before, I confess, but being almost 32, they felt different in many ways. My connection was stronger, and they also came into my life when I needed them the most.

I even started doing this exercise where I order my coffee or hot chocolate with one of my fav characters names. It gives me such a happy feeling, walking around with one of their names, that totally ads up to making my day better. Try it out and share it with me too!

Here is my list... and I am sure I'll leave many others out because my memory isn't calling all of them, but if you ever feel low in self-esteem, or if you need a girl power boost, or if you somehow need to be reminded of how awesome it is to live in this world in a women's body, I really do hope this helps! Also, my style of books is more inside the fiction and fantastic genre... have that in mind when asking yourself why I haven't gone to so many other characters :)

Please feel free to comment bellow and add more! I'll be glad to read them too!
PS: I will try my best to be more vague, to avoid spoilers!!

Harry Potter women - JK Rowling

Lilly Potter, Molly Weasley and Narcisa Malfoy

They are the badass mums I aspire to be one day.
Their love for their children has no boundaries, and they'll do whatever it takes to protect them and have them well.

For the record, the chapter called "The unbreakable vow" (Chapter 15th of HP and the Half-Blood Prince) where Narcisa Malfoy and Severus Snape shake hands to protect Draco and fullfill the task the Dark Lord had for him no matter what made me cry.
That her, who belonged to the "dark side", went through life threatening situations like she did to ask for her sons protection is something so grand and of such a great love that I fell in love with her forever. It doesn't matter if you are from the "good ones" or "the bad ones". If you are a mum, you love.



Luna Lovegood

Luna is my absolute fav character in the Harry Potter series. Specially because she is the outcast. The weird one, the looney... Ever since I read the books I felt a huge connection with her because I too suffered from bullying, had my classmates making fun of me and so on.
But my fav thing is her loyalty to those who care for her and who love her. In my life, I've always aspired to be like that too.

Hermione Granger

I've also always had more friends who were boys, I am not going to lie. Herminone made it feel ok.
Besides that, she is that fierce, brave, know-it-all badass girl I aspire to always be.
Another thing that made me love her even more is the actor chosen to be her on Harry Potter and the cursed child! Well done JKRowling!

His dark Materials fierce women - Philip Pullman

Lyra Belacqua

She is the main character on Philip Pullmans triology His Dark Materials, and Lyra is SO brave, and SO determined that it made my soul sing.
She inspires me to go after what I believe in, and face my fears.
Besides, who wouldn't love having a daemon attached to us, in the form of an animal, that is the encarnation of our own soul? That lifelong companion, who will be there always and no matter what?

Serafina Pekkala

Serafina is a witch in Lyra's universe, and she is the one who unveils Lyra's prophecy too.
What I also love about her is her back love story with one of the male characters from the books.
She made me believe in magic and love, and on carrying on without it, still being true to oneself.
The witches universe Philip Pullman built is also about women being there for each other. The witches are sisters, and they have each others backs no matter what.
I believe the world we live in would be a better one if we helped our sisters more.

The Baudelaire sisters - Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

Violet and Sunny

I know the trio is only complete if we include Klaus, the middle brother... but the Baudelaire sisters are two of the most fierce characters I've ever known!
After becoming orphans, Violet, the oldest, assumes a more motherly part towards both younger siblings, and is the problem solver of the trio and the geeky one too.
Sunny, even though she is just a baby, has the best sense of humour ever. I love how the author translates her baby talk into such elaborate phrasing constructions, and how he built her into such a strong character needing only her baby teeth to get out of the most complicated situations.
The Baudelaire sisters taught me about family love, and of always believing in a word we have in Portuguese called "desenrascanço" or "desenmerdanço" which means problem solving even in the most artisanal ways but having it done.

Mortal engines - Philip Reeve

Esther Shaw

When I first started reading about Esther, I thought she was crazy, but kickass awesome. So brave and with no remorse whatsoever for killing.
As time goes by, you start learning that she would be a rather good and shy girl if life hadn't treated her so badly during her childhood.
She wants revenge for the death of her parents and will do anything she has to.
Also, the world in which she lives is one of the most amazing universes I've ever read about.

Please read the books fast, as the first movie is coming out soon!



Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 

Anne

A full-time dreamer, a believer of all things good, a good girl and easily hurt. 
Her passion for life and love for all the little things is something we should always work on appreciating. 
If we all had a little bit of Anne in us the world would also be a better place.

The Witches - Roald Dahl

The Norwegian grandmother

So this is a kids book... And as I read it last year I couldn't help but to wonder how terrifying this must have been to younger kids!
If my mother had read this book to me when I was little, I would have never looked at the world the same way. But it's crazy the things we show to kids nowadays comparing to what used to be done, right?
The main character in this book is the boy who narrates the story, but the highlight of it to me is his Norwegian grandmother, the fierce and sweet witch hunter.
She teaches her grandson from a young age to learn to identify witches in case if they have an encounter.
You see, witches hate kids in this universe, and do the most terrible things to them!
It all goes crazy when both boy and his grandmother end up spending their holidays at the same hotel where the yearly gathering of England's witches is taking place!

Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen

'I volunteer as a tribute!' - Katniss said when her sister's name was announced and she'd have to be a tribute for her district in the most horrifying carnage ever. Katniss went for her sister in order to protect her young soul.

I remember starting to read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy by 9pm, and still be reading it by 10am. 
That is how much I fell in love with Katniss and her love for her family and her courage and survival skills.

Hope you have a great day!
Lu

2 comments:

  1. Ao pensar em mulheres dos livros é inevitavel lembrar-me das Mulherzinhas. Acho que é inevitavel. E apesar do título parecer algo condescendente a verdade é que todas elas sem excepção são umas badass do caraças. A Jo é incontornável, assim como a Amy e o seu crescimento. Mas a Meg toca-me muito pelas lições que aprende. A Meg viveu dias melhores e é a mais velha. Não foge do trabalho e das responsabilidades mas guarda um espaço para sonhar. E descobre que o sonho de ser mais feliz não tem de passar por mais dinheiro ou a aprovação vã da sociedade. E ela vive uma vida convencional qb, mas nas regras dela, com o homem que escolheu e sempre com coragem para assumir quem é. Gosto muito das mulherzinhas... :)

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    1. Nunca li, J!
      Vou juntar à minha lista deste ano!!
      Obrigada <3

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