Before I get into snooping about on my Legendary Leading Ladies Ledge (loving that alliteration) or shelf, I just wanted to share with you all the awesomeness that is the book shelf above. The ‘target books’ shelf by Turkish designer Mebrure Oral, is designed to keep books organized by separating them into sections of ‘already read’ and ‘yet to read’. You can purchase one of these for $520 from Mebrure’s website.
Bring on the Legendary Leading Ladies
Well the name says it all, doesn’t it! This shelf is reserved for books that have awesome leading or strong supporting female characters. Currently there are 45 books gracing this shelf. These books house a range of women who are a mix of things: strong willed, tough-as-nails, highly intelligent or really funny just to name a few. Regardless of why they are on this shelf, I think they’re pretty fantastic. I have found myself relating to these women on multiple levels. I’ve laughed with them, cried with them, urged them on and held my breath in anticipation of what is going to happen to them next. Each of the women listed below, plus the others on the shelf are truly awesome characters. Ones that I imagine the authors may have created from thoughts and memories about important women in their own lives. These women are realistic and are versions of characters that should be embraced, studied and celebrated.
Some of the characters, in no particular order of awesomeness include:
- Makedde Vanderwall (Tara Moss’ series)
- Amaranthe Lokdon (The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker)
- Maggie Chase (Broken Mirror Girl by James McQuivey)
- Arista and Modina (Riyria Revelations Trilogy by Michael J Sullivan)
- Bryndine Errynson (Scriber by Ben S. Dobson)
- Yelena Zaltana (Study series by Maria V. Snyder)
- Ellie (Tomorrow when the war began)
These ladies are not without their foibles. Some of them were lured into the darkness, only to have to struggle to break free of it again. Others have more normal weaknesses like being stubborn to a fault, or lack of experience or age or maturity. Others still, have mental health issues to deal with or any number of physical challenges to overcome. This only lends these ladies to becoming even more awesome in my book. One thing I would like to point out, which may be of little concern to you, or it may be top priority: Not all of these women are stunningly beautiful! Some are stunning, some possess a natural, more sedate beauty, but a lot of them are just normal every day women or girls. Bryndine, for example is a hulking Norse warrior, she flies in the face of convention and its ideas on beauty and guess what?! I adore her all the more for it!
Which legendary leading ladies have you read about? Why did they make this grade? Do you disagree with my picks or do you have some characters that fit this bill, but for completely different reasons?