Strong Heroine Series

Your favorite series that has a strong heroine.

*Books from a series only please, no stand-alone books*
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message 1: by H.n. (new)

H.n. Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list...


message 2: by Madeline (new)

Madeline i totally agree




message 3: by Olga (new)

Olga I don't understand why people are voting on books that are stand-alone titles, not a part of a series. The title of the list is Strong Heroine SERIES.
And I actually agree with the Twilight selection - our view of ourselves and how we describe ourselves can be quite different from who we actually are. Considering that the books are written mainly from Bella's point of view it can take a conscious effort to distance oneself from her opinions about the events and the roles of the participants.


message 4: by Jenn (new)

Jenn H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

i agree, bella has absolutly no backbone. how can she be a strong heroine if she cant stand on her own???


message 5: by Nova (last edited Oct 23, 2009 05:47PM) (new)

Nova Twilight has a strong heroine? That's laughable.


message 6: by Sofia (new)

Sofia She's always hiding behind Edward when anything is even remotely scary.


message 7: by Olga (new)

Olga I must be missing something because I do not see a pattern of spinelessness or cowardice. Here is what I do see (sorry this is long, but there are four books in the series): Twilight - Bella decides to move to Forks so her mother can have a life she wants with her husband; she goes to the ballet studio all alone to meet a vampire who can kill her with a flick of a finger because she thinks she can save her mother; she maintains that she wants to be with Edward even though he clearly doesn't think it's a good idea for her. New Moon - she faces Jacob when he begins avoiding her; when Alice tells her Edward is in trouble she does not hesitate, she is ready to go to Voltera on a moment's notice to protect him, even if it means risking her own life; she defies both Jacob and her father by staying with Edward. Eclipse - she maintains her friendship with Jacob despite Edward being against it; she continues her relationship with Edward even though her father and Jake would clearly rather she didn't; she wants to go to the face-off with the newborns and doesn't only because Edward won't have it; she risks herself during the Edward vs. Victoria fight. Breaking Dawn - she joins forces with Rosalie of all people to protect the child she wants to keep; she goes alone to establish an escape route for her daughter and Jacob and protect the secret from the Volturi.
Sure, she is afraid, but fear is a normal human reaction when one's life and lives of those they love are in danger.
Please tell me where is it that she has no backbone and when is she hiding behind Edward without being told to do so because I'm curious to see it.


 ♥Lynn ♥ PC Cast's House of the Night series???? Zoey is not a strong lead!!


message 9: by Scarlet (new)

Scarlet Why is Twilight on the list? Bella is not a "strong heroine." She is the damsel-in-distress that is always being saved by her boyfriend and best friend.


message 10: by Morgan (new)

Morgan F I died a litle inside when I saw Twilight up there. Bella is the epitome of all damsel-in-distress females. There are Disney Princesses with more backbone than her.


message 11: by suraya (new)

suraya seriously....Twilight???


message 12: by Adris (new)

Adris Morgan wrote: "I died a litle inside when I saw Twilight up there. Bella is the epitome of all damsel-in-distress females. There are Disney Princesses with more backbone than her. "

i congratulate you for your intelligence



message 13: by Stacie (new)

Stacie  M. Ritchie I thought this was going to have series on it, not individual books, so I only chose the first of the series I think apply!


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Who the Heck put Twilight??????????????????? Someone has gone mental Bella strong?? Dont make me laugh.


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

It shouldnt be there at all


message 16: by Ralph Gallagher (new)

Ralph Gallagher Twilight has a strong heroine! Edward! =)


message 17: by Morgan (new)

Morgan F Good one, Ralph.


message 18: by Adam (new)

Adam In what world is Bella strong?


message 19: by Alienne (new)

Alienne ...Bella is a strong heroine how? Not trying to be mean, but...??


message 20: by Aisha (new)

Aisha Saqib oh God cant breath...oh..bella a strong person???? !!!! ahahahahah oowww my stomach hurts !!!


message 21: by Shakir (new)

Shakir ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥ wrote: "PC Cast's House of the Night series???? Zoey is not a strong lead!!"

YES SHE IS!!! LOL


message 22: by Mau (new)

Mau H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

Agree!


message 23: by Marissa (new)

Marissa Olga wrote: "I must be missing something because I do not see a pattern of spinelessness or cowardice. Here is what I do see (sorry this is long, but there are four books in the series): Twilight - Bella decide..."

You make a lot of good points, and had the movies done a better job of showing these points, I think people would be less frustrated with the series.

However, she may be passionate or strong in her convictions or love for Edward, but I dont think that necessarily makes her a strong female character. The fact that she is willing to give up her life as a human (even though it is what she wants) and the fact that she agress to marry him, shows she's not the strongest female character. It is also in my opinion slight brainwash. Also, just because someone is reckless, does not mean they're a hero. Most of the time she jumps into danger, but then has to be rescued.


message 24: by Marissa (new)

Marissa I find it's interesting no one's piped up about The Hunger Games. From what I've heard other people say, a lot of people dont like Katniss and a lot of people dont think she's a strong heroine, they think she's selfish.

What do y'all think?


message 25: by Marissa (new)

Marissa Oh and Alanna or The Song of the Lioness Quartet should be number 1. I dont think I've ever read a series with a more bad-ass female lead. She is a true heroine.


message 26: by zara (new)

zara rose hathaway and katniss everdeen owns this


♫Rose4ever♫ ~ Katerina  Mikhailov  ~    (Team Dimitri/Gale/Jace) Aniya wrote: "rose hathaway and katniss everdeen owns this"

OMg yes they do!!


message 28: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa hell yeah


message 29: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Why isn't THURSDAY NEXT on this list! >_<


message 30: by Nicola (new)

Nicola H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

Agreed!


message 31: by Sarah (new)

Sarah ... Alanna <3


message 32: by A (new)

A How does Twilight have a strong female lead? In that case, I nominate every Harlequin romance ever published. I had no idea the definition of "strong" was so loose.


message 33: by Mariama (new)

Mariama Katniss Everdeen, ftw! and I think that even if Bella is on this list, she should be at the very bottom.


message 34: by Calimie (new)

Calimie Maybe everyone who voted Twilight meant Alice? Alice was strong and independent. /is hopeful.


message 35: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn Swear to god. I am going to slap the next person who tries to tell me that that snivelling, whining, pathetic little brat Bella Swan is a strong female character. Her character, by Stephanie Meyer's DEFINITION is not strong! Stop it! Stop it, stop it, stop it!


...and yes, that was a tantrum.


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hmmm, does the girl from Uglies deserve to be on this? she's kind of a coward and does a lot of stupid things, as much as I absolutely adore that series


message 37: by Love_books (new)

Love_books call me crazy but I'm finding it pretty hard to believe that FRIGGIN BELLA!!! was a friggin strong heroine anyways so here's my list
1.katniss(hunger games),clary(mortal instruments)
2.katsa(graceling)
(oh and Ellie from angelfire)she wasn't that bad
PERSONAL DEMONS!!!! SERIOUSLY???? whoever added this book has totally lost their mind HA!


message 38: by Love_books (new)

Love_books Ralph wrote: "Twilight has a strong heroine! Edward! =)"
hahaha that's right dude


message 39: by Rachel M. (new)

Rachel M. Who the hell voted for Twilight.


message 40: by Halee (new)

Halee Thomson Jenn wrote: "H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

i agree, bella has absolutly no backbone. how can she be a strong her..."


*high five*


message 41: by Lea (new)

Lea I think Katniss is a really strong heroine, plus un divergent Tris is a really strong character!


message 42: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn One of my personal favourite strong female characters is Suzy Turquoise Blue from The Keys to the Kingdom series and I adore Lirael and Sabriel from the Old Kingdom books. Garth Nix writes great female characters.


message 43: by Amy-lee (new)

Amy-lee Lamotte Rose Hathaway , i thiknk she is the best!!


message 44: by Amy-lee (new)

Amy-lee Lamotte *think


Colette-writer-reader-dork I really just don't know what the world has come to if they think that Isabella Swan is a strong Heroine in any way all of her, apparent, strong decisions can be boiled down to stupidity. She is the worst female character that I have come across, so far.

Lucinda Price? Are you kidding? Isabella Swan incarnate.

I have to say, some people must not know the definition of A Strong Heroine if these two nitwits are in there.


message 46: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn Clary? Really? She is worth than Bella Swan!


Colette-writer-reader-dork Kaitlyn wrote: "Clary? Really? She is worth than Bella Swan!"

Clary, though an idiot at times, has more backbone than Bella.


message 48: by Nitzan (new)

Nitzan Schwarz H.n. wrote: "Twilight? Twilight ?! With a main character like Bella, Twilight should be at the very bottom of this list..."

I agree. I love Twilight, but I would never put it in a list like this. Belle is... well, not exactly my definition of "Strong".


message 49: by Debbie (new)

Debbie This list needs to be cleaned up some. I see a number of stand along books on here.

Also, I think it would be better if only the first book or omnibus was put on the list. If this list is to point people to series with strong female leads, I'm not sure having book 7 on the list is helpful.


message 50: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Kamyn Where is Duce (from Enclave)? Wanna talk strong female? I think she's the strongest I've seen yet. She could kick Katniss Everdeen's ass. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Katniss, but Duce is the shit! And I'm not even gonna touch the fact that Twilight is on this list...


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