So, it’s been a few weeks since I went to the Girls Kick Butt panel at New York Comic Con, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since then about what it means to be a YA heroine – a good YA heroine.
While I don’t only read books with female leads, I still think it’s nice to read a book once in a while with an admirable, butt kicking, take-no-prisoners heroine. Sometimes people don’t take me seriously because of my age or my gender – or both! – so I appreciate when an author brings a memorable girl to life, one who doesn’t just fade into the background or mope about, simpering after some boy who doesn’t know she’s there.
I think YA is great for the female character. The readers are more open and authors are willing to take a bit more risks and be more “out there” in their plots, stories, and world building, which opens more situations and scenarios for girls to kick butt! Characters like Beka Cooper and Katniss hail from very YA oriented books. The steampunk genre has introduced me to a lot of plucky heroines!
So what makes a heroine special to me? It’s always great to see some physical butt kicking, but I like to read about smart girls too. My heroines don’t have to be perfect goody two-shoes – after all, it’s the character flaws and the inner struggles that make a character real. My heroines don’t actually have to be on the side of good either, because villains are also interesting to read about.
In short? I want to see more girls! I want to read more about real girls, kicking butt! Keep them coming!
Some of my favorite heroines:
Sabriel from Sabriel by Garth Nix
Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Beka Cooper from The Provost’s Dog series by Tamora Pierce
Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Who are some of your favorite YA heroines?