This has turned out to be one of the toughest lists I’ve ever made. There’re so many strong and memorable fictional female characters who inspire me almost every single day. Yet, when I think about it these ladies below are the ones who pop up in my mind without any hesitation or second thought. This, ladies and gentlemen, is my list of what I consider the ten most unforgettable fictional female characters.
#- Jo March
The second of the four March girls in “The Little Women”, Jo has been a special childhood favourite of mine. I met Jo for the first time when I was about eight years old and I knew right then that this lady is going to be with me through out my life.Tall, gangly and boyish, Jo is one of the strongest women that I’ve ever met in the world of fiction. She’s daring, short tempered, mischievous and yet sensible and kind. She’s definitely my favourite March sister!
#- Becky Sharp
Becky Sharp from “Vanity Fair” is a very ambitious woman. Although she isn’t the picture of sainthood and is the antagonist of the novel, still she remains an unforgettable female character.This girl knows what she wants and works in all the ways she knows to achieve right that. With her dark, attractive eyes, she seduces her way to the upper rings of the society. She’s a cynical charmer who makes use of her very passive friend to climb the social ladder while exposing the silly nature of the gentlemen of that time. I was and still am, in awe with the sheer audacity of Becky. Man, I so admire her!
#- Scarlette O’hara
Scarlette O’hara from “Gone with the wind” isn’t just a pretty face. She’s selfish, pretentious and oh, vain. Yet, she stands against the social decorum that women of that time were supposed to have. She’s very intelligent and isn’t the sweet, dainty southern girl that everyone (except Rhett Butler, of course) assumes her to be. She’s strong, dynamic and almost always gets what she wants. She rebuilds Tara all on her own, gives hope for everyone around her when hope was very bleak and will always be an unforgettable female protagonist of all time.
#- Lisbeth Salander
Whenever I read the “Millenium” series, my admiration towards its female lead character Lisbeth Salander deepens. Lisbeth is a small, thin top class computer hacker with a photographic memory. She has short black hair, a pierced nose and eyebrows, and a series of tattoos in various places in her body including a tattoo of a wasp on her neck and a dragon on her shoulder blade. She’s very skilled in changing identity, holds passports under different names and is very intelligent. She is also a victim of sexual abuse and is highly uncommunicative. She takes extreme pleasure in bringing men who abuse women to justice. What more could one ask for in a powerful, unforgettable female character?
#- Zazie Lalochere
Zazie, the first thing I love about her is her name. When I first found the world of Zazie in “Zazie in the metro”, I didn’t feel time slipping away. I was enthralled with her and laughed till my sides ached at her antics. A novel which was originally in French, is a must read especially because of Zazie. Being in the vicinity of teenage, the Provincial girl Zazie comes to Paris to stay with her uncle who she believes is gay. Although her mother sends her to Paris so that she could sort out her own love life, Zazie has different ideas. She wants only one thing in Paris and that is to ride the metro. She is a very funny, very precocious, defiant and an insolent girl who causes havoc through out the Parisian streets. She dreams of owning a “blew-gene” (blue jean) and loves the idea of drinking “caco-calo” (coca cola). It’s such a humorous book with an unforgettable female character.
#- Elizabeth Bennet
The female protagonist of “The Pride and Prejudice”, Elizabeth is arguably the best heroine of Jane Austen. A very special trait of Elizabeth was that she believed in speaking her mind out, which was quite uncommon to the women of that time, which was the 1813. Eliza is the second of the five Bennet sisters. She’s judgmental, opinionated and is even proud of her ability to be accurate in judging a person’s character. She’s intelligent , independent and of course bold. She has this perfect blend of wit, charisma,energy and strength which make her a perfect female character.
#- Arya Stark
Arya who is known by various names like Arry, Arya horse face, Arya underfoot etc. is almost always mistaken for a boy. The third trueborn child of Eddard Stark, she belongs to the House Stark in the fantasy series “A song of Ice and Fire”. She is a very independent, brave and a headstrong child who has a direwolf called Nymeria and a sword called Needle. Her agile body and quick way of thinking make her as memorable as any fictional character.
#- Annie Wilkes
Annie Wilkes from “The Misery” is no ordinary woman. She is a depressed, cunning, paranoid seriel killer. Stephen King portrays her with such finesse that invariably the reader becomes fascinated over her. She has an unhealthy obsession over a series of romance novels written by the male protagonist and goes to the extent of keeping him captive in order to change the ending of one of those novels. Hard to forget, isn’t it?
#- Amy Dunne
Amy Dunne is the girl who disappeared from her home on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary in the novel “The Gone Girl”. This beautiful girl has more to herself than what meets the eyes. She’s very precise, very calculative and so cold. She is without doubt, one of the most disturbing villainous female leads of all time!
#- Claire Beauchamp
Claire Beauchamp from the Outlander series is a time traveller. What more could you ask for in a memorable character? She is also a nurse and later becomes a doctor. . Claire isn’t the quiet girl. She’s quick spoken, compassionate and yet ruthless. She’s very independent and fearless in any situation or danger she finds herself in. As a doctor, she is always found calm and collected in all dire situations. Claire will always remain an unforgettable female fictional character for me.