Heroines From Literature


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Heroines from Literature

Heroines From Literature

I went swimming in the sea a few months ago and was swallowed by a giant fish that I could not identify because I hated my Biology school teacher and had consequently spent most of my classes drawing rude pictures of him. I was finally rescued by some fisherman who caught the fish and cut me out of its gooey, messy, smelly tummy. (Incidentally, that was the same fisherman who brought the huge ring-eating fish to forgetful ol’ King Bharat which made him recall his beloved Shakuntala.) The fish oil in the belly made my hair shine like a disco light and gave me the skin of a porcelain doll. On the downside, those things were of no use because people kept fainting the moment I was within ten yards of them.

Here’s another (boring) version of my story: I graduated and got into a cool but time-consuming, resume-boosting internship programme. However, I have decided that I hate it and I am counting days to next summer when it ends so that I can go and become a hippie in some psychedelic 1970s movie.

I am sure many of your must have already turned back to your DIY mask-making or half-written lipstick reviews or outfit preparation for the next OOTD or maybe even rushing to the MAC counter while muttering stuff like โ€œFoolish Jabberwocky! What is she playing at? Wasting our precious time with her nonsensical stories!โ€ MAC ladies, you’re right. Here’s a complementary MAC bullet for you in your favourite shade, be it sunshine yellow or midnight blue. Now, please continue reading.

I have been meaning to write something about female role models for a long time now and no, I don’t mean cocaine-snorting models like Kate Moss (who has a killer sense of style nonetheless) or the much too real Bollywood actresses. I wanted to make a list of favourite heroines from literature. Hence the post needed a story to begin with as a kind of introduction. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, without further digression (and no more free MAC bullets), I begin.


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1.) Hermione (Harry Potter Series):

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Hermione Jean Granger tops my list simply because I am one of 384923589375 kids who grew up with her while she was emerging out of Ms. Rowling’s superbly amazing head. She is the reason why I have spent my adolescence with relatively little drama by embracing my inner nerd the way Dolly Bindra embraces crazy. Feisty, intelligent, brave Hermione is one of the rare heroines that any woman can take inspiration from. It is very common to observe women โ€œdumbingโ€ themselves down so as not to appear like a nerd or to be just generally well-liked among their less intellectually blessed peers. Hermione is someone who does not give up being smart simply because others feel threatened and thus rejects the whole โ€œdumbing downโ€ principle by becoming what Snape calls โ€œan insufferable know-it-all.” It is still any day better than being a pretend bimbo, isn’t it? And it’s not just valid for bookish knowledge. If you are good at anything (make-up, Tai Chi, drums, cooking, caricatures), Hermione Granger tells you to be proud of it. If you are not like everyone else, embrace it. Do not be ashamed of where you come from โ€“ be it a 50-bedroom mansion or a little thatched hut in some remote village. Just be โ€œMudblood and Proud.”

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Let’s not get started on the whole comparison to Bella Swan. All Bella did was curl into a foetal position waiting for the sparkling Cedric Diggory/Edward Cullen to come and whisper to her about the smell of her blood. Hermione, on the other hand, was a walking encyclopaedia who topped all her exams, fought the Death Eaters, started an underground Resistance movement, always stood up for her beliefs, advocated the right to a dignified life for all creatures, fought off attacks by gigantic snakes, lived in a tent all over Britain with two untidy boys, beat up Draco Malfoy, and when the guy she loved left her because he was an idiot, she did not run off with him singing a British version of โ€œJahan Piya Wahan Mainโ€ and throwing her self-respect in the drain on the way. Instead, she stayed loyal to her friend, saved the world ย while crying into her pillow every night, but nearly jinxed away the aforementioned love to obscurity when he came back and let’s face it. For all the โ€œChosen Oneโ€ jazz, Harry would be nowhere without Hermione’s brains and guts. There’s a very interesting dialogue from the first part of Deathly Hallows movie โ€“

Harry (to Ron): โ€œCome with me.โ€
Ron: โ€œAnd leave Hermione? We wouldn’t last 2 days with her.โ€ (Awkward pause) โ€œDon’t tell her I said that.โ€

She does not need them to survive. They do.

J.K. Rowling has revealed in several interviews that part of Hermione’s mania for being good at everything comes from her deep-rooted insecurities about herself. I find it incredibly amazing that she turned a flaw to her advantage by becoming the most gifted witch of her generation. How many of us would do that (magical powers and witch-issues aside)? If we have complexes, we moan, grumble, whine, curse the Skin God, break our mirrors, gossip peevishly about the terrible hairstyles/shoes/clothes/looks of other women who are supposedly โ€œbetterโ€ than us. Take a leaf out of Hermione’s book. Excel and keep those little insecurity monsters at bay.

2.) Little Red Riding Hood:

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No, I don’t mean the one whose story you heard in school when you were seven and then woke up every night for a week after that sobbing, โ€œThe wolf ate the little girl!โ€ No, that did NOT happen to me. Ah well, not after the first week, I assure you. My parents got so tired of trying to calm me that they gave me an alternate version in the form of a children’s rhyme based on the same story by Roald Dahl. His Little Red Riding Hood was an innocent and nice little girl like the original. However, that is only up till the part where the wolf bares his big teeth and announces that he is going to eat her. Here’s what Roald Dahl has to say about what happened next:

โ€œThat’s wrong!โ€ cried Wolf. โ€œHave you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.โ€
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, โ€œHello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.โ€

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Suffice to say that I got a toy pistol after this and pledged to kill all the wolves. Years later, I read a surprisingly interesting interpretation of the original tale. According to many literary critics, the story of Little Red Riding Hood was written as a cautionary tale for young girls, especially those nearing puberty. The red colour of the cloak is sexually suggestive and was not worn by morally upright women at the time this story was created. The fact that the girl deliberately strays from the path that was carefully instructed by her mother and even talks to strangers means that she has strayed from the โ€œmorally righteousโ€ path by being independent. The “come into the bed with me!โ€ cry of the wolf and the fact that he eats up Little Red Riding Hood is seen as a metaphor for rape. In other words, it’s the same story that a lot of so-called guardians of the society tell Indian women these days โ€“ โ€œstay at home and you won’t be harmed by rapists, madmen and axe murderers.”ย Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood gives you an alternative โ€“ learn self defence, carry a Swiss knife, skin any attacking wolves alive and get a stylish new flesh-coloured coat (you may even do an OOTD later). I am sure that PETA would not object.

3.) Scheherazade:

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Do you remember Alif Laila?ย It is one of my earliest Doordarshan memories along with Byomkesh Bakshi. I was barely three when the show used to come on TV and the only story that I remember from that show was that of Sindbad, the Sailor. Other stories like those of Aladdin and the Lamp were narrated much later by my grandmother and of course, even immortalised by Walt Disney by creating what is by far the hottest cartoon character of all time. If that Disney Aladdin were real, I’d have abducted him and forced him to marry me in typical Prem-Chopra-abducting-the-heroine style of old Bollywood movies complete with the classic โ€œPandit ji, mantra jaaree rakhiye!โ€ dialogue while Aladdin writhed trying to escape my clutches. Anyhow, I digress.

So, Scheherazade is the star of The Arabian Nights (aka Alif Laila). Her cool quotient lies in the fact that she had not only “studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments,” but she was also โ€œpleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bredโ€ and that too in the middle ages! I assume you all know the frame tale about Shahryar, the crackpot king who invented the worst way of relationship rebound ever in the history of humanity. He was so incensed at being cheated upon by his first wife that he took revenge by marrying a virgin every night and then killing her the next morning. Everyone in the kingdom was busy saving their own neck or hiding their daughters and people were too chicken to even squeak out a protest against their king who needed a psychotherapist more than a virgin. Then one day, Scheherazade volunteered to spend the night with him going against her father’s wishes and thus began the path to reform for Shahryar. Night after night, Scheherazade narrated captivating tales to Shahryar and left them in the middle which forced the king to keep her alive until the next night. This went on until Shahryar got his mental faculties back (which also involved a change of heart) and he fell in love with the brilliant woman. This is a classic example of that old Ravenclaw saying, โ€œWit beyond measure is (wo)man’s greatest treasure.โ€ Scheherazade gained the right to live by using not only the beauty of words but also her intellect. She was even supposedly stunning to look at. So, in one fell swoop, she dismantles a gazillion stereotypes about women such as:

  • Women can be either intelligent or pretty.
  • Women can only win over men through their beauty.
  • Women are not as brave as men and so on.

To cut a long story short (something that Scheherazade did not believe in), what this woman did was simply make the best of her abilities and use her experience, knowledge and skills to become a superheroine. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.

4.) Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice):

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She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me. Haha, I am kidding. She is “ohmygodaciously” awesome! She is irreverent, opinionated, witty, intelligent and can be deliciously horrid to characters who we love to hate. In an age when all that women did was swoon and fall into the hands of rich, eligible young men while waiting for the smelling salts to come, Lizzie Bennet scoffs at such “weaknesses.” She does not think twice before taking a mile long walk and muddying her clothes to visit her sick sister. She may not be Frodo Baggins of the Lord of the Rings, but she is pulled into a ring-centric quest too. In her world, marriage is the key to happiness. Rejecting the norms of the society in Austen’s time was no easier to do than it is today and and yet she places her own judgement over social pressures and refuses to marry that disgusting, obnoxious, unbearably smug Mr. Collins. She also gives more tongue lashings to snooty Mr. Darcy than he ever received in his entire aristocratic little life, and he actually deserves them at first. I mean, really, how rude could a guy get? I am sure that if all the IMBBians threw a party and invited him, he’d stand in a corner, refuse to speak to anyone and silently judge our eye make-up and lipstick shades.

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What I love the most about Elizabeth is that she is so REAL. She is prejudiced, she jumps to conclusions too soon and she falls for the wrong guy. And yet, she is not afraid to learn from her mistakes, eats her own words and makes the correct decision in the end while kicking that spoilt old aristocratic hag, Lady Catherine, in the shins too. Overall, I think the fact that most women can still identify with Elizabeth nearly 200 years after the publication of “Pride and Prejudice” is the major reason for her appeal.

Also, I am tired of people raising their noses in the air and saying, โ€œOh, Liz Bennet? I prefer Jane Eyre to her! So much more independent and SUCH a feminist!โ€ Udder naansense, I say. Jane Eyre was a sermonising, over zealous, insufferably pious little toad who bored the pants out of the readers with her whines and boohoo-I’m-such-a-martyr act. Sure, she is mentally strong and stands up for her beliefs, her feminism is nothing but a sanctimonious, holier-than-thou attitude arising out of religious zeal instead of real independence of mind. Also, what’s the deal with her marrying Mr. Rochester only when his house burnt down and he became blind? Terribly preachy and it seems to be sneakily telling women โ€“ โ€œMarry someone who loves you only when is a wreck so that he is your slave for life.โ€ Pooh.

5.) Jean Louise (aka Scout) Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird):

She is a fighter. A schoolmate says something negative about her father, she attacks him with her little fists. A neighbourhood kid is not paying attention to her, she pulps him. A lynch mob member grabs her older brother, she kicks him (in the place where it hurts the most, no less!). And in all these fights, she emerges victorious thulping her adversaries who are usually bigger than her. No matter how hard she tries, she always finds herself cocking her fists at one kid or another in the school yard. Scout is your regular tomboy โ€“ hating dolls and dresses, running wild with the boys, beating up people and mostly being reckless. Despite all this, she does not whine too much about having to act like a lady when she needs to, and sometimes even takes pride in following her prim aunt’s lead even if she does not succeed in becoming absolutely “proper.” She is also a very interesting character in the way she develops throughout the book. From being feisty and uncontrollable, she grows into someone who learns to listen to her father’s ideas about the moral superiority of not falling prey to people’s taunts. While Scout is the kind of person who if asked to โ€œput herself into others’ shoesโ€ would run away with them just to teach those people a lesson, she still listens to this advice given by her father. By the end of the book, Scout seems like the kind of girl that you would love to be.

I also find her to be an amazing character not just because she is wild and fun, but because she does not need to criticise her gender even if she is just as good as (if not better) than a boy. I would have loved to include Georgina Kirrin of The Famous Five series in this list but this is precisely the reason why I did not. I hate the fact that those books imply that Georgina’s character is so strong, independent and good at all the difficult things DESPITE her being a girl. It’s positively revolting every time she scoffs at other girls and does not respond to her real name (preferring to be called George instead. (If having a boy’s name was what one is all about, then someone like me would have been six feet tall and would have ridden around the fields of Punjab on an Enfield Bullet.) It is as if anyone who likes dolls is a substandard human being and the only way of living is by not only beating the boys at everything but by actually being ashamed of being born as a girl. That is why Scout will always score over Georgina or other similarly idiotic characters. She is cool because she is just what she is, not in spite of being a girl. She made me believe that I can wear 4 inch heels, pretty frocks and wonderful make up, and still beat the living hell out of idiots if I want to and be good at anything without the mania of โ€œproving to the boysโ€ that I am better than them.

I would have loved to add more to the list but I am afraid that I shall be lynched for being an insufferable bore. Also, I must go anyway. It’s “Jhalak Dikhlaja” time and I need to boo some of the contestants who I hate with the fire of a thousand suns.

Meanwhile, you can list your favourite fictional heroines and sing their paeans.

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72 thoughts on “Heroines From Literature

    1. Yes, Scout is something, isn’t she? I remember gushing over her for at least six months after I read the book for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. What an awesome and refreshing read…Wow.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great Jabberwocky…
    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

    1. Haha, thanks, Ife for that quote! I used to sing out all the time a few years ago. ๐Ÿ˜› Must read the whole thing someday again.

    1. Oh yeah! The fact that Scout and Jem call their father by his name was something that I totally loved too. I also found it really cool that Atticus treated them more or less like adults. It was so refreshing.

  2. Oh Jabberwocky did you leave out Alice on purpose, eh? Is it sad that I’v never really liked the Harry Potter series *awaits looks of disbelief from others* but, can’t help but love Hermione. Apart from her, the lady that I absolutely adore from this list is Elizabeth Bennet. She is unlike any woman of her time.
    Oh and my favourite fictional literary herione is Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple.

    1. Haha, yes, Alice was vying for too much attention from Lewis Carroll. So, I decided to teach her a lesson and exclude her from my awesome list. ๐Ÿ˜› Jokes aside, she did occur to me but like I said, I wanted to add many more names but then the list would have been too long. Miss Marple was also on the original 10-women list that I had decided upon. She was some detective! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Awesomeee article ๐Ÿ™‚ i love Hermione :-):-):-)
    And have u read Gone with the wind!?? I love scarlett o’hara in it! That book is a must read ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thankee, Poorva. And yes, Scarlett O’ Hara totally falls in the awesome category too. I read the book a few years ago and fell in love with her. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Amazing article!!!
    And being a bookworm I am glad u did this!!
    And yes u’re right Bella Swan has no place in this list….and I absolutely squealed that u included Ms Benett in this list….its one of my all time favorite books…
    Also, If I may suggest, Scarlett O’Hara belongs to this list…or atleast in my list ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thanks, Vanie. Yes, I agree that Scarlett should be totally on the list too. She was so feisty and interesting as a character.

  5. Loved, loved reading this!! Excellent article, Jabberwocky!!! I agree with the others too, though some of Scarlett O’ Hara’s actions were questionable, you can’t deny how feisty she is! Loved your list, especially Scout Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books!!

    1. Thankee, Fab. ๐Ÿ˜€ I agree with Scarlett being amazingly feisty. I think even her questionable actions can be excused if you look at the context and the era that the book was written in.

  6. a nice list…and a treat to read,there have been quite a lot of memorable heroines in literature and to include them all or even most of them would be an impossible feat.
    This article,is a concise yet complete list in its own way,kudos for the effort put in,and for a piece well written,Jabberwocky ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Btw my favourite heroine from english literature is Jo from Little women,absolutely love her!!!
    And I think Sarat chandra chattopadhyay’s heroines should be mentioned too,for their day and age,they were such strong characters,taking that time’s Indian milieu into account too….PHEW!!!way too long a comment i guess,gotta stop…hee hee

    1. Yes, I liked Jo from Little Women…. I read this book during my school times… for some reason, I used to remember Kajal bhai from hum paanch when reading about introduction of Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Thanks, Neha. ๐Ÿ˜€ Jo was totally on this list at first! I had to take her out only because I had written a lot about her and the article stretched too much. Nonetheless, Jo is one of my favourites too. I like that she just does what she believe is right irrespective of others’ dumb ideas, and when she rejected Laurie, I fell in love with her. Apparently, Louisa May Alcott based the character on herself.

          I have never read Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novels because somehow I had this mad idea that I’d learn to read Bengali first (my dad knows it) and then pick up the original stuff but that never happened. I read a brilliant piece once on the four women of ‘Choritrohin’ and totally loved it. Guess I’ll look for its English translation now. Thanks for reminding.

          By the way, that Jennifer Aniston mention reminds me of this Friends episode in which Joey had to put the book in the freezer when Beth fell ill. Hahahahaha. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Lovely article, though the beginning threw me off a little.And lovely ladies all of them.Totally agree with you about Bella but couldn’t warm up to Liz Bennet.I really wish you had included Buffy in your list.And the Queen of Attolia from Megan Whalen Turner’s series.Kickass ladies but in totally different ways.

    1. Thanks, Tina. And thanks for the Queen of Attolia mention. I had never heard of those series by Megan Whalen but I just googled them and they sound super interesting. Will mark them on my to-read list. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. lovely lovely lovely! An article from Jabberwocky fter so long…made my day ๐Ÿ˜€ I do feel tht Scarlett O hara deserves a place here ๐Ÿ™‚ and i tohhtally agree with ur list ๐Ÿ™‚ love them all to bits ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe ‘Atlas Shrugged’ ‘s Dagny Taggart too….(though she has her weaknesses)…. I LOVE this article XOXOXO

    1. Haha, thankee for such lavish praise, Oopsii. ๐Ÿ˜€ I agree with Scarlett O’ Hara and Dagny Taggart being supercool too. When I was 16, I read Atlas Shrugged and then secretly hoped that I would grow up to be as amazing as Dagny. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. hilarious…
    dis is one of d best articles i have ever read.. d first para is mind blowing fr me..yeahh i wl go with hermoine at the top..elizabeth bennet may not be perfect still she seems to be real..i loved d way u compiled everything..suprb wrk..

  10. what a compilation JW..absolutely awesome..brought back so many memories ๐Ÿ™‚ oh btw i used to love love byomkesh bakshi and specially wait for it to be aired! one of my most favorite series ever apart from friends and more currently big bang theory ๐Ÿ™‚
    keep writing such articles..love to read it!

    1. Thankee, Parita. ๐Ÿ˜€ I remember Byomkesh Bakshi very vaguely. There’s one particular scene I recall in which he picked a clue from the wall and that has always stayed in my head. ๐Ÿ˜› And yay for another The Big Bang Theory fan! Bazinga! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Sanjeevji!!!!! Lady Chatterley and Dagny Taggart are probably the best heroines ever, hats off to ur taste sir!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Thankee! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love Dagny Taggart too. I once picked up ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in Class 9 in school but the librarian made me put it back saying that she only issued them to people above the age of 16. ๐Ÿ™ After that, I never got around to reading it.

  11. Lovely write up! ….but why compare Elizabeth Bennett to Jane Eyre..Elizabeth was better educated than Jane, she was her Father’s pet who prided in her intellect and wit…Jane was an orphan living as a ‘poor relation’ with her Aunt, educated at charity school, yet she showed spunk when her cousins and Aunt tried to tread her down and again later on learning about Rochester’s wife, she refused to be his mistress/wife..
    the reason she married Rochester later was because his wife had died in the fire and he was a free man now.

    1. Thanks, Rajeshwari.

      I only compared Jane to Elizabeth because generally, when we talk about women of the 19th century British literature, they are mentioned together. I am just against Charlotte Brontรซ more than the character. For one, I hate the unusually caustic remarks that she made against Jane Austen. They reek too much of sour grapes. Secondly, if you read books on the lives of the Brontรซ sisters, Charlotte always comes across as a manipulative, third-rate writer, jealous of the better talents of her younger sisters. She never did anything to encourage the writings of Anne or Emily. Have you read ‘Agnes Grey’ by Anne Brontรซ? It’s probably a hundred times better than anything Charlotte Brontรซ ever wrote and yet it’s a rather unknown work. Also, there’s nothing original about the character of Jane Eyre, a sad, unprivileged, plain looking woman with a strong character who takes the job of a governess. That is the plot of ‘Agnes Grey’. Charlotte Brontรซ just picked it up and made it so painfully preachy that you want to shoot yourself in the mouth every time Jane goes on one of her “philosophical” whines. Charlotte had never employed a female narrator ever in all her writings before ‘Jane Eyre’. Only when she read Anne’s work that she decided to rip it off and create something else and then lapped up all the praise.

      And as for the whole Rochester story, I understand that Jane was right in not becoming his mistress but there wasn’t anything about that decision being taken because she was so feminist (as a lot of people claim). She decided to do so only because it was not considered right according to the religion that she was so crazy about. What I hate is that Rochester had to be blinded and his house had to be destroyed as some kind of twisted moral to the tale to show that he paid for his sins. And then Charlotte Brontรซ claimed that her novel was more realistic than Austen’s. What rubbish! There is a book called ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys which tells the story of Bertha Rochester, the “madwoman in the attic” of Thornfield Hall. It’s a sharp postcolonial response to what Jean Rhys considered the treatment of “The Other” by Charlotte Brontรซ. I find it yet another flaw in the book that the mad wife was shown to be this savage woman from West Indies, an uncivilised land and Jane Eyre was the perfect English girl in contrast to her with absolutely perfect morals.

      Sorry for the long rant but any mention of Charlotte Brontรซ gets my goat every time, especially when it comes to ‘Jane Eyre’.

      1. Thanks…any criticism sounds good when is backed by such powerful reasons as yours! this is what I love most about literature..you can always hold on your opinions and ideas however radical they may be. I too agree Jane sounds very sanctimonious at times eg. talking about Adele Varrens, corrupting french ways and wholesome english education to cure! I think a lot of notions and ideas which were acceptable in those days are not politically correct/ looked upon favorably now, atleast I lost my appetite for lot of books written by english authors which put us Indians as servile and savage or so..’Secret Garden’ for instance and Kipling’s ‘Kim’ I cannot love them now as I used to do earlier…

  12. And that ,my dear JW, is the reason why I love you……
    and mark my words…. I’ll be one of the 1st few ppl to buy your book ๐Ÿ˜‰
    hugggs

    1. Aww, Bee, that’s so sweet! I love the way you leave such wonderful words after every post of mine. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thankee!

  13. Such a cool article, I totally dropped my DIY mask-making and had to read it : P
    I keep hoping I’ll grow up to be Eowyn from Lord of the Rings, well a Eowyn that gets Aragorn : ))
    She’s such a badass, what’s not to idolize?

    1. Thankee, Devie! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hahaha, yeah, Eowyn was awesome too. ๐Ÿ˜€ And yeah, as Rati mentioned, so much cooler than Arwen. Frankly, Arwen was sort of irritating. She was so dreamy that I wished she had a nightmare or two in between. ๐Ÿ˜›

  14. JW!!!! I missed ur articles like anything, u really should write more, if u write a book I’ll be the first to buy it! I mean it, thats seriously one awesome piece of writing!
    I like all the above mentioned heroines. And Bella Swan doesnt come anywhere close ๐Ÿ˜›
    I LOVE Hermoione and Liz Bennet!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    My additions would pobably be Lady Chatterley, Dagny Taggart and Scarlett O Hara.. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Atlas Shrugged and Gone with the wind were awesome books indeed n these ladies were amazing heroines ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hahaha, that’s so sweet, Ramya! Thankee! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I love Dagny and Scarlett too! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I guess it’s high time I read ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’. I am going to mark it on my to-read list.

  15. Loved reading to the end.. each one of us can identify / want to have such characters from these Heroines.. btw I love Dagny too..

    Excellent work.. JW..

  16. JW – where do I even start? this article was fantastic. I have to admit that I dont read much and all my reading is limited to magazines and non fiction like ‘The eight powers within you’ and ‘how to get people to like you’. :(. But having said that if any of the articles started and ended the way your article had I probably would read more I think ๐Ÿ™‚ now in hindsight they probably do but so addicted to IMBB that i read just about most of these posts and definitely the ones by you.

    so basically thanks for this wonderful informative article and just cant wait to read your next..

  17. The moment I read the 1st 2 lines… I knew its your post.. You are suchhh a terrific writer… Luv LUV LUVV your style of writing… LUV all your posts..

  18. yaaaaayyyy… my 1st comment on IMBB… ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ (all my previous comments had gone to moderation ๐Ÿ™ )

  19. Such an awesome post JW. I have read to kill a mocking bird more than any other book ever. I mean you cannot get bored of it, can you? But personally i guess I relate to Dagny Taggart the most. In fact to an extent that my screen name was Dagny Taggart for so many years. ๐Ÿ˜€ And Hermione is the best. She stayed back with Harry during the search of hoarcruxes when Ron decided to leave. You get to learn so much from her.

    *tips her hat* great post and welcome back. Totally missed your posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thankee. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, there was a time when I would read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ every few months and each time I’d get something new out of it. Harper Lee only wrote one book but I think it was worth more than ten books put together.

      I love Dagny Taggart too! And I love it that you used it as a screen name. I have a friend who fell in love with her so much that she too goes by the name of Ms. Taggart in the virtual world. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Wow JW your writing is super cool! But i dunno how you missed out and how no one ever metioned, our very Becky Bloomwood fo Shopaholic series. I agree she is not much of an acheiver but her determinations to avoid harm to otehrs and creativity is a huge inspiration! Also my fav character would be Jeniffer PArker from a sydney sheldon novel The Rage of Angels!

    1. Thanks, Sandhya! I tried a Sophie Kinsella a few years back but didn’t like it and so, never bothered to pick up the Shopaholic series. Recently Rati started blogging about them and I have been planning to try one or two Shopaholic books, especially now Becky Bloomwood’s character sounds interesting. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. After a long time got to read an article from you!!! So apt…
    your articles are always refreshing… why dont you write more??
    I like Hermione the best… Lizzie tooo….
    I disliked Bella’s character for being so weak and confused.. similarly I hated Emma from ‘can you keep a secret’ by sophie kinsella.

    1. Thanks, Ashu. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d love to write more but that urge just gets sidelined by work and laziness. ๐Ÿ˜›

  22. Thankee, Priti! ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha, I used to have my own blog about 4-5 years ago but I was too lazy to update it frequently. That’s why I prefer IMBB to it. It gives me the chance to write about things I love even if I want to produce only one article every two months. Updating a personal blog regularly is a pain. ๐Ÿ˜›

  23. hey! can i just say, FABULOUS piece of writing! you are fast becoming my fave writer on imbb. i’d like to add scarlett o’hara to this list too as a few others have. also second the addition of buffy! her character developed really well on the tv show and i always loved the humour on the show.

    once again, rocking article. eagerly awaiting your next post!

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