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Top Ten Heroines (in no particular order)
1. Ella (Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine). This was one of my favourite books as a child and Ella is just phenomenal. She's smart, witty and has a lot of guts. Plus she captures Prince Char's heart (I majorly fell in love with Char when I first read this book). I have to admit I wasn't a fan of the movie adaptation; a huge fail for me even though I adore Anne Hathaway.
2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling). Of course, what's a heroine list without Hermione. What would Harry do without Hermione? She's the brains in the famous trio and gutsy too.
3. Emma Donahoe (Dark Heavens trilogy by Kylie Chan). A devoted fan to this series (now into it's third trilogy). Dark Heavens is the first and best of the three trilogies, with Emma being the kick-ass main character, putting Chinese mythological gods in their place and battling the demonic underworld. She's independent, fearless and basically a superwoman in her own right.
4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins). A strong, independent character, who stands up for her family and friends and for a better world. Sometimes she struggles to choose the right path, but life isn't always perfect.
5. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). Oh Lizzie, the literary world wouldn't be the same without you. Despite being one of the original heroines of all time, you were probably more modern for your own time. We all wish we had some Elizabeth Bennett in us (and a Mr Darcy to boot!).
6. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte). Again another all time favourite book. Jane, like Elizabeth, was a heroine way ahead of her time.
7. Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife tv series). Alicia is a strong and independent woman. She's someone I'd like to be and definitely a good role model for all women.
8. Temperance Brennan (Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs). Also commonly known as Bones from the tv series of the same name, Temperance is one of my favourite crime/detective heroines. Smart and witty and a forensic genius.
9. Nancy Drew (Nancy drew series by Carolyn Keene). I was obsessed with Nancy Drew as a kid. She was THE heroine of my childhood. You could always count on Nancy to solve the crime.
10. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars tv series). I was so upset when this series was canned. Seriously, it kicked-ass with a great heroine, Veronica (played by Kristen Bell), and a great storyline. Veronica Mars is basically like the Nancy Drew of this decade; independent, smart and sassy.