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lordfeyr
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Favorite Female Character Discussion

So I would like to know who some of your favorite female characters are and why.

 

For me:

 

I think I am in love with Min from the Wheel of Time.  Tall, Thin, Short Hair, I can do it myself attitude and kinda tomboyish.  She can see the future and I thought it was funny she saw herself falling in love and said forget that! and did everything she could to avoid it.  When she tries to be girly it comes across funny yet graceful.  If she were real I would definintely ask her out :smileywink:

 

Lets hear your favorites.

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Raven_Lunatic
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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

Susan Sto Helit from Discworld is eight shades of awesome. She's smart, she's competent (how do you spell that?), and she doesn't suffer fools gladly. And she knows how to keep Jason out of the stationary cupboard.

 

Deana/Denna/however she's spelling her name this week from The Name of the Wind is very intriguing. I think  the adjective I'm looking for here is 'fay'. Fay, mysterious, and shaping up to be a major plot element in The Wise Man's Fear. (Not that she isn't important in TNotM. But I think she'll be even more central in the next book).

 

And Galadriel. Not that I have anything specifically to say about her (I'm not a big Tolkien fan), but I love the name. Galadriel. Galadriel. Why do I keep typing it as "Ga;driel"? 

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

How about Jin Li-Tam from Lamentation by Ken Scoles? She is the 42nd daughter of Vlad Li-Tam and just as cunning and ruthless as any male character. I think she appealed to me so strongly because Ken didn't rely on any genre cliches when creating her. She's not the typical female character but she is more than believable and I love that about Ken's characters. Not stereotypical, very authentic...

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

  For me, actually, one of my favorite characters happens to be a girl. Katniss from a YA book called The Hunger Games (one of my favorites). Why I loved Katniss, she was a normal girl living in a future world of hard times and toke control of her life by doing what had to be done in order to stay alive. Katniss was strong in mind, cunning, good spirited, and really good with a bow and arrow!!
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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

I'm a HUGE Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg fan from Pratchett's Discworld series. Nobody wants to go head to head with Granny. She'll kick yer keister!!

 

Surreal- Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series. Courtesan, assassin, and smartmouth. What more could you want?

 

Lady- Glen Cook's Black Company series. The top dog, butt kicking, sorcerous Queen. None craftier, tough, or vicious. Macheivelli could take lessons from her.

 

 

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

 

 

Aislinn from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr WHY?

She is completely independent, she knows what she wants and she's not going to let anyone tell her she won't get it. She trusts her instincts, and she's just great! She's strong and loving and Marr really developes her into a great rolemodel. She get's into a bad situation that she cant get out of, but she's quick to tell everyone 'this is how it's gonna be' she twists the situation to make the best out of it. it teaches girls to keep their head, and dont get pushed around.

 

 

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion


Bradinator1 wrote:

I'm a HUGE Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg fan from Pratchett's Discworld series. Nobody wants to go head to head with Granny. She'll kick yer keister!!

 

Brad

 


  I have actually picked up the Discworld Graphic Novel of the first two books, way cool! I'm looking forward to starting it but my dad ordered it for me and when he got it he realized it was a graphic novel and now he wants to read it before he'll give it to me, total bummer. I'll be waiting forever!!!

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion


Raven_Lunatic wrote:

 

Deana/Denna/however she's spelling her name this week from The Name of the Wind is very intriguing. I think  the adjective I'm looking for here is 'fay'. Fay, mysterious, and shaping up to be a major plot element in The Wise Man's Fear. (Not that she isn't important in TNotM. But I think she'll be even more central in the next book).

 


  I really enjoyed this Female Character too, she was a smart and independent woman. Can't wait for The Wise Man's Fear, I'm curious to see what becomes of her and Kvothe!!

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

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Marla Wolfblade from Jennifer Fallon's Wolfblade Trilogy

 

R'shiel from Jennifer Fallon's Medalon Chronicles

 

Sephrenia/Ehlana/Aphrael/Melidere from David Edding's Elenium Series

 

Polgara/Velvet/Ce'Nedra/Porren from David Edding's Belgaria and Mallorean Series

 

Talia/Elespeth/Kerowyn/Kethryveris/Yfandes/Savil  just a few from Mercedes Lackeys Valdemar books

 

Nynaeve al'Mear/Egwene al'Vere/Elayne Trakand and a few others from Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series

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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

I have to agree with Kerowyn, from Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series. Smart, Experienced, not afraid to speak her mind..... What's not to love?
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Re: Favorite Female Character Discussion

    I have found another great Female Character I just Love. Sarene from Sandersons Elantris(love it!) she is way cool. She is an independent, intelligent, and will not let anyone stand in her way to do what has to be done. As Brandon Sanderson says "Who can stand against her?".

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