The Princess Saves Herself in this One

by - February 22, 2017

Disclaimer: I stole the title from Amanda Lovelace's book, which, no, I haven't read yet but, yes, I want to read. Also, how cool to be called A(man)da Lovelace.


This is propably gonna be my most light-hearted, easy-to-read post ever. Basically, I'm gonna tell you all about my fave fictional females.
actually took a pic for once (i'm a lazy blogger)

#1 Katsa from 'Graceling' by Kristin Cashore (no spoilers due to lacking memory)
To be honest, I've read this book a loooooong time ago, so I don't remember much of the plot but I do remember that Katsa was one of the first females I've read about that can actually fight. Of course she's gifted with this magical power that helps her kill people (especially men for some reason...) but she's still a very independent and strong woman. I just wish she would be able to fight without the help of some magical gift.

#2 Nora from 'Die Insel der tausend Quellen' by Sarah Lark (spoilers included)
Yes, this is a German book. Yes, it's one of those very kitschy romantic travel books. Despite all of this the book actually deals with some pretty serious topics though. It takes place in the 1700s and deals with slavery in British colonies so it's not all roses and cupcakes. The main character, Nora Reed, is a pretty badass woman. Especially for that period of time and that genre of literature. First she has to take care of her dying husband, then she decides to marry some racist, bastard that rapes his slaves to get away from England to Jamaica. She then ends up as a sex slave to a former slave of her husband and lives in the mountains for a couple of years. She goes through all this shit life throws at her and she still remains hopeful and although that shitty stuff affects her she doesn't let it break her and in the end she manages to escape and lives happily ever after.

#3 Karou from 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' by Laini Taylor (more spoilers)
Karou was raised by monsters. And not the 'my parents are really shitty parents' type but the 'my father has horns' type. So she's set out to be a badass. Not only does she refuse any help but she actually doesn't need any help. She's always worked on her own and continues to do so. She kills the guy that's trying to rape her and covers up his death. She saves her people by going through physical pain every day and ultimately going to war. And yes, in the end love's the answer or some shit like that but she's still a really cool character.

#4 Every female character from the 'Discworld' series by Terry Pratchett (all of the spoilers)
Seriously, I've read 23 Discworld novels so far and I don't remember reading about a single female that wasn't strong, independent, intelligent and all-around awesome. But here are just a few examples:

Eskarina from 'Equal Rites'
She's the eighth child of the eighth son and supposed to be a boy like her seven brothers. She's supposed to be the chosen one. And she ends up being the first female wizard. The book was written in 1987 by the way.

Susan from 'Hogfather' and others
Susan's the granddaughter of Death and despite (or because) she goes to an all-girls school learning all about how to dress properly and be polite she does an excellent job at saving Hogswatch and maybe even the world?

Agnes from 'Carpe Jugulum' and others
Agnes is a witch with a split mind. Literally. Agnes is the fat girl with good hair. And inside her is Perdita, the skinny bitch. And she (they) prove that being a little shizophrenic can come in handy when trying to overthrow an evil vampire family. And for once, the girl doesn't go for the handsome guy despite him being in love with her despite her being overweight. All of Terry Pratchett's witches are that amazing by the way and they run the country, really. Another example for this is...

Tiffany Aching from 'The Wee Free Men' and others
We're introduced to Tiffany as she's fighting a monster that's trying to kidnap her little brother. She continues to fight annoying monsters throughout the series and even becomes the first human kelda (the queen of the Nac Mac Feegles, who are usually pixies).

#5 Qiwi Lin-Lisolet from 'A Deepness in the Sky' by Vernor Vinge (mild spoilers)
Qiwi is by far my favorite female character I've ever encountered. At the beginning of the novel she's just a kid trying to soak up as much wisdom as she can. She then becomes the girlfriend of the leader of the very people who killed a good portion of her people (as she later finds out) but she admits that she never loved him. Since she seems to be in love with Thomas though, she becomes a sort of role model for her people who end up befriending and working alongside Thomas' people. The story's also partly told from Thomas' view who does his best to manipulate Qiwi and uses her for his own means. But Qiwi sees through it and although she gets drugged over and over again to forget the horrible things she discovers she knows that Thomas isn't who he pretends to be. Qiwi is an extremely intelligent, self-taught and strong woman. She knows what needs to be done and does it even though it means she has to lead a life she doesn't want. She leads her people without a title or a throne just by making not the right but the necessary decisions. She isn't perfect, she has her flaws, which makes her real. She fucks up sometimes but she keeps on fighting (and working, like, she's a hard-core workaholic) and lives a somewhat normal life despite all the shitty bits and the very extraordinary circumstances.

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