Move over Kristen Stewart, we loved Twilight's fearless Bella Swan in the novel first.
From J.K. Rowling's Hermione Granger to Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett, who doesn't love a strong and lively lady in a book?
As today is the 102nd International Women's Day we've selected the top 5 females from books who've inspired, stirred and moved us in their own personal way.
Whether it's by overcoming adversity, standing up for what they believe in or just by being incredibly determined against the odds, these sisters are doing it for themselves.
So enjoy the trip down memory lane with the women who've captured our imaginations and our hearts and let us know who's inspired you....
1. Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
With her razor sharp wit, strong family loyalty and her downright refusal to marry for anything other than love, Elizabeth Bennett is a woman worthy of respect. She maintains an elegant dignity when insulted and offers Mr Darcy a few, well-deserved, cutting remarks of her own. We'd love to be half as quick! Austen herself described Lizzie to be, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print" and we couldn't agree more.
2. Bella Swan, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
We love Bella's single-minded determination and fearless nature; this is one lady who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to get it. Bella falls in love with a vampire, marries a vampire, gets chased and almost killed by undesirable vampires, watches her best friend turn into a rather large wolf, almost dies in childbirth and eventually turns her back on her own family and soul to become a vampire, all in the name of love. Oh and did we mention her super powers and tremendous self-control? Bella Swan we salute you, you wouldn't find us wandering in the woods with bloodsuckers, even if they did look like Edward Cullen!
3. Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series by Stieg Larsson
Move over Beyonce, Lisbeth Salander is a survivor. The victim of a brutal rape Salander gets her own back on the perpetrator. She is also a gifted computer hacker and has a photographic memory. She kicks ass on a motorbike and is super skilled at being able to conceal her identity with a whole raft of disguises and fake passports. What do we love the most? That it is Salander who ultimately solves the crime and saves, not a damsel in distress, but a burly bloke from torture and certain death.
4. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help is packed full or courageous females but it is aspiring writer Skeeter who, despite the dangers, uses her powers of persuasion to convince black maids in 1960's Mississippi to speak out about the way they are treated and ultimately helps to overcome long-standing barriers in customs and laws. We admire Skeeter's tireless work ethic, her diplomatic ability to withstand her mother's constant criticisms and the fact that she is willing to sacrifice her engagement for the cause. Gutsy and determined, she is one sassy lady.
5. Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
If information brings power then Hermione is one capable chic. Time and time again Hermione's intellect saves the day and she is the most prodigiously bright character in the series. But that's not all, she is levelheaded and logical yet steadfastly loyal to her friends. She stands up to bullies and thinks of clever ways to outsmart them instead of retaliating in the heat of the moment. That's our kind of girl/witch.
Wondering where to buy the books? Check out our gallery for the links to the leading ladies....
Do you agree with the list? Have you been inspired by a strong fictional female?
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