Before I start, can I just say how much I ADORE this idea? Limiting myself to just 10 Fierce Females is going to be SO difficult (I’m just going to leave Katniss off this list, because we ALL KNOW how fierce she is, as well as Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s books).
In no particular order…
Scarlett was actually one of the first heroines that I really identified with (…not sure what that says about me as a person). She might not be fierce in a kick-butt way, but she’s pretty badass when it comes to doing anything to survive (and ensure the survival of her loved ones). I love that she is a very, very flawed heroine, too—she’s selfish and vain and impulsive—and I think her faults actually add to her fierceness. She’s was a big influence on Celaena—and I think the two of them would get along fabulously (…if they didn’t kill each other first.).
I first read Sabriel when I was 11/12, and instantly loved her. I loved that she wielded a sword and a bandolier of magic bells and actually got to FIGHT monsters and demons—and save the day. She’s still one of my favorite heroines of all time.
Do I really need to go into detail? Let’s just say that I was practically convulsing with sobs when Eowyn faced the Witch King in Return of the King (it was one thing to read it, but to SEE IT…). I was so overwhelmed by how brilliant and badass that moment was, how deeply I felt her bravery and her willingness to sacrifice herself for her uncle… And the fact that she faced the Witch King when all other men had fled, that her love for her family member was more powerful than her fear…well, damn, I’m getting choked up just writing about it.
Kill Bill was a huge, huge influence on ToG wayyy back in 2002. It was one of the first films I ever saw that had a female lead who kicked MAJOR ass, and never once said sorry for it. She is relentless, and unyielding, and has some seriously epic moments.
Oh, Velma. She might not have fighting skills, and she’s definitely something of an antagonist, too, but… She is Fierce (with a capital F!). Arrogant and cruel, yes, but also talented, driven, and a survivor.
I’ve had this lifelong fascination with Cleopatra, and I think it says a lot about her fierceness that thousands of years later, we’re still talking about her, and wondering about who she really was (beneath the legends).
It’s weird to say, but my favorite thing about Lyra is that she is such a talented liar. And it’s her skill with lying that saves her again and again—and saves the lives of those she loves. It made her such an interesting and vibrant character.
I remember the first time I saw Willow (many, many years ago), I FLIPPED when Sorsha came marching onto screen in her general’s armor, because THAT was the kind of female character that I was interested in. She was still a woman beneath that armor, but being feminine didn’t cancel out her warrior’s training, either. Love her (and the movie)!
What I love about Mulan isn’t her fighting skills (though her showdown on the rooftop of the emperor’s palace is EPIC), but rather two things: her unconditional love for her family, AND the fact that it’s her wits that ultimately saves the day.
Oh, Buffy. I could write a whole blog post (or book!) on what an influence Buffy was on me as a person and as a writer—the fact that she could be girly while also being totally badass, the many sacrifices she made, the horrible things that she endured (not to mention her many, many fabulous one-liners when facing villains). She is the perfect modern heroine.
Throne of Glass
By Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
— Goodreads.com description
Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.