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    31 Times People Shouted, "YAAS, QUEEN!" While Reading

    Females are strong as hell!

    To celebrate Women's History Month, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite female characters from books and why they love them. Here were some of the best responses:

    1. Éowyn, The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein

    New Line Cinema

    She's independent, brave, strong, and determined. She wants to do anything she can to help protect her country and people, despite the preconceived "limitations" against her as a woman. And thank goodness she disguised herself as a man and charged into battle, because she saved their butts since "no man can kill the Witch King." No man can, but a badass woman sure can! —ziggyj89

    Get the trilogy from Amazon for $27.49, Barnes & Noble for $31.03, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    2. Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    She overcame the loss of so many people she loved and, even though she could have given up, she continued to live her life. I remember staying up all night reading this book and when it was over, I cried. I admired Liesel for her resilience and her love of reading. When I was older and lost people who I loved, I thought of Liesel and drew strength from her story. —elaineelizabethclare

    Get it from Amazon for $10.69, Barnes & Noble for $12.74, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    3. Starr Carter, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    20th Century Fox

    She is so inspirational and not afraid to stand up for what is right. She is an aspirational young black woman and I loved her so much, even though she's not real! —zaaaaaaaaaabby

    Get it from Amazon for $12.19, Barnes & Noble for $12.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    4. Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

    She came from so little and fought her way out and to the top. She has this will to make people like her, and to be herself, that is hugely aspirational to me. — Facebook, Jennifer Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.39, Barnes & Noble for $5.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    5. Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    I love Luna from Harry Potter because she is very creative and has a quirky mind. When I read Order of the Phoenix, it seemed to me that Luna had a touch of high-functioning autism because she was smart, but didn't relate well to kids her own age. I've had Asperger's since I was a kid and even though Luna may not be considered on the spectrum, she made me feel seen! Luna made me feel special!! —jennies4783ed5b8

    Get the series from Amazon for $58.07, Barnes & Noble for $58.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    6. Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    She is so strong, brave, and open-minded. Just like most kids, she doesn't even realize what a fighter for justice she can be. That's how we all are, before we let society and our own voices shout us down. — Marina Rupova, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $11.01, Barnes & Noble for $6.12, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    7. Ella of Frell, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

    Miramax Films

    Ella from Ella Enchanted was a huge role model for me growing up. She is passionate and strong. She fought for the rights of others and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. She didn't even let her "gift" get in her way. Unlike other characters, she didn't let it define who she was, or play the victim, either. In the end, she chose her own destiny. —leighb4658080f4

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98, Barnes & Noble for $15.29, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    8. Dolores Price, She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

    Dolores Price is a beautiful bundle of anger, insecurity and, ultimately, strength and compassion, for herself and others. Reading that book at 15, again at 25, and now as a 35-year-old mother were all such widely different experiences. I have also come to appreciate her mother and grandmother as formidable female characters where, in my youth, I saw them more as obstacles for Dolores. — Katrina Comens, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $11.00, Barnes & Noble for $8.58, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    9. Claire Fraser, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

    Starz

    She is intelligent, strong, and able to put sexist, misogynistic men from the 1700s in their place with just her wit and sharp tongue. She always holds her own and doesn't take any of the crap people throw her way. She handles every situation with so much maturity. Not only that, but she manages to be incredibly powerful in the sense that she became a doctor in a time when women weren't really allowed to be doctors. She earned the respect of men who always treated women like they were beneath them and, honestly, if that isn't admirable, I don't know what is. —vaishnavireddy1809

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    10. Paige O’Toole, Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

    It’s about a woman who starts doubting herself as a mother because of her past and the relationship she had with *her* mother, so she leaves her newborn and her husband to find her mom and find herself. I know, I know. You’re thinking “she left her newborn?!” Listen, it’s an amazing book with a badass character who risks it all (literally) to discover who she was, to fix who she is now. As a new mom myself, I found a new love for this book and this character. —ptyram7

    Get it from Amazon for $12.45, Barnes & Noble for $15.30, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    11. Aibileen Clark, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

    Disney

    She is so kind and brave. She built people up instead of tearing them down. —krazykoala7

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21, Barnes & Noble for $13.60, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    12. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

    She is so strong, yet, also vulnerable sometimes. When she's first introduced, she's such a strong girl, and it seems like she's completely fearless. But as we get to know her more, we learn that she does have pretty substantial fears. She accepts them later on, and it helps her open up to others, letting her have more fulfilling relationships. —ispendtomuchtimehere

    Get the first book from Amazon for $7.40, Barnes & Noble for $6.79, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    13. Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    Focus Features

    Jane Eyre is absolutely my favorite literary heroine. She sees herself as nothing less than an equal to Rochester, nor to anyone else for that matter, even though her heritage and her looks had given her no such claim in that era. And when faced with the most difficult of situations, Jane holds steadfast to her values and never gives up her independence, only acting as she chooses to. —pandaroooo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.00, Barnes & Noble for $7.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    14. Ramona Quimby, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

    In a lot of older children's books, little girls are supposed to be seen and not heard. Ramona threw that out the window. She is brash, while still being kind, and she doesn't give a shit about what other people think about her. She presents a character that little girls can easily identify with. —jabberbox1234

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99, Barnes & Noble for $7.34, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    15. Hazel Grace, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

    20th Century Fox

    She had the courage to love when she thought she was dying. Then she lost her true love and had to go on without what she had thought to be her only reason to live. —kirstinguardian

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59, Barnes & Noble for $11.04, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    16. Delilah Bard, Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

    She’s a knife-wielding, gender fluid, pickpocket magician who helps save all of the known worlds. She’s fierce, determined, clever, and wonderfully witty. Lila is written in such a way that’s realistic enough to be believable, but she never loses that magical spark of wonder and excitement. —corynm2

    Get the series from Amazon for $31.30, Barnes & Noble for $42.47, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    17. Arya Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

    HBO

    Arya is a brave person who went through A LOT and never waits around for others to deliver the justice she seeks for her family and friends. —rachalert

    Get the series from Amazon for $29.97, Barnes & Noble for $32.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    18. Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Usually female protagonists are written into a box — they either denounce all things considered "ladylike," or they absolutely adore it. Jo was the first character who liked both and was not ashamed of it. She was unapologetically herself and I loved that, unlike many books with females at the helm, her storyline didn't focus on finding a man to make everything better. Instead it was about sisterhood, learning how to accept her emotions, and channel them into her work. —meryska

    Get it from Amazon for $9.93, Barnes & Noble for $8.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    19. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    20th Century Fox

    I think that was one of the first books I read where the female lead was portrayed as something other than being nice and submissive. Yes, she did some dark and messed up things that left me floored, but she low-key made me feel empowered in a “fuck you for cheating on me, look what a woman scorned can do” type of way. I do not encourage what she did AT ALL (please don’t do what she did lol), but I kind of understood where she was coming from and it was refreshing to see a female lead do that. AGAIN, I do not condone what she did in the book but I can see why her character did the things she did. —rrobledo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.80, Barnes & Noble for $13.60, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    20. Scarlet O'Hara, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    She was the first example I read of a woman unashamedly going after what she wanted. She was never afraid to speak her mind. There were pages when I loved her and others when I hated her, but that’s what makes her one of my all time favorite characters — she’s so real. —jaclynj43255b53b

    Get it from Amazon for $16.30, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    21. Matilda, Matilda by Roald Dahl

    TriStar Pictures

    I learned a lot about independence from her and it's still my favorite book, even though it’s meant for children. I was able to get through so much because of it. Matilda's spunky, courageous, and smart and I always looked up to her. In a way, I still do. —ccitlali

    Get it from Amazon for $6.21, Barnes & Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    22. Dana Franklin, Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    Dana is the narrator's protagonist of the book and is extremely dynamic. She’s smart, bold, brave, and kind but also extremely vulnerable and compassionate — especially to those who who treat her poorly (i.e. the slave master who she encounters in her time travel). Butler also wrote a complex black female character in a sci-fi novel during the 1970s. How cool is that?! —cedricp3

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes & Noble for $11.20, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    23. Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

    Columbia Pictures

    Lisbeth is so ruthless. There are no female characters as uncompromising and unstoppable as she is. She is a badass who can hack anyone she wants and ruin them without losing a second of sleep. She isn't this conventional beauty either — she has tattoos, dresses androgynously, and in all black. Plus, she was the first openly bisexual character I read who couldn't care less what anyone thought of her. —whatadickens

    Get it from Amazon for $16.96, Barnes & Noble for $14.41, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    24. Leslie Burke, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    Leslie was definitely a feminist. She wanted to race with the boys? She raced with the boys and won. She wanted to wear jeans and cut her hair short? She did. She wanted to wear a dress and be feminine? She did that too. She stood up to bullies like Janice Avery, but was also willing to listen and understand when Janice was going through a hard time. Leslie didn’t feel the need to be anyone but herself and she didn’t care what anyone else thought. —cdehon

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48, Barnes & Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    25. Sam from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    Summit Entertainment

    A high school girl with confidence like that was refreshing and inspiring. —sarah423ec8bc2

    Get it from Amazon for $7.36, Barnes & Noble for $12.74, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    26. Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    Janie overcame poverty, physical abuse, the heart-breaking loss of a loved one and more, and never once lost her fierce sense of independence and pride. She's the woman I aspire to be. —peridot116

    Get it from Amazon for $12.05, Barnes & Noble for $16.68, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    27. Offred, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Hulu

    She knows she's in a dire situation with little to no chance of escape, but she still soldiers on and fights for herself and her daughter. —emmanz

    Get it from Amazon for $10.94, Barnes & Noble for $11.71, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    28. Keladry of Mindelan, Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce

    She doesn’t denounce her femininity when she pursues her dream of becoming the first female knight in over a century. She’s level-headed, tough as shit, strong, smart, but gentle, too. Not to mention, she has the fiercest sense of justice. She’s my hero. —annas42a33461f

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99, Barnes & Noble for $9.32, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    29. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games series by ‎Suzanne Collins

    Lionsgate Films

    I’ve always been a fan of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games because I love that she’s a survivalist. She really struggles with her sense of self-preservation, especially because she often interprets it as selfishness. Women are so often written as gentle, altruistic, and self-sacrificing...often to an unhealthy degree. So, I love watching Katniss turn that trope on its head. She loves fiercely but she’s tough enough to put herself first, and I respect that. —annas42a33461f

    Get the trilogy from Amazon for $25.99, Barnes & Noble for $31.42, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    30. Johanna Hoffman, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

    I particularly adore Johanna because she is soft and strong, feminine and brilliant, emotional and logical. And when Felicity assumes she’s no longer smart because she enjoys parties and wants a husband, she refutes that. I loved her so much! —liv2read

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29, Barnes & Noble for $16.49, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    31. Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Focus Features

    It’s really cliché, but Elizabeth Bennett truly is my favorite female book character. I absolutely admire how she refuses to adhere to societal norms when they don’t suit her, and her reactions to the ridiculousness around her are priceless. —strangerthanitseems

    Get it from Amazon for $8.00, Barnes & Noble for $9.00, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

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