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What a great topic! I always love talking about badass female characters! The characters I am highlighting in those post are all badass in different ways and in their own right. You do not need to be an assassin or a wizard in order to be a badass!
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet may not be the typical “badass,” but she was the first character to pop in to my head when I saw the topic for this week. She is witty, independent, and not afraid to speak her mind. That is pretty phenomenal considering Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813! There is so much a love and admire about her and she in the definition of badass in my mind.
Genesis from Genesis Begins Again
Genesis Begins Again is one of my favourite middle-grade novels, and the main reason for that is Genesis herself. I think so many young girls would relate to and be inspired by her. She struggles with insecurities, her home life, and making friends, but she really comes into her own throughout the novel in a way that felt realistic and honest. It was a joy to read! She truly is a little badass and I was cheering her on from the sidelines!
Rin from The Poppy War
I feel like I have been talking about Rin a lot lately, but I couldn’t leave her off this list! She is a badass in the traditional sense in that she fights in a war, and has lethal maigcal powers, but it some of her other qualities that made her a badass in my eyes. She is so incredibly brave and determined. She is a peasant girl who puts in the work and studies her butt off to overcome the odds and get accepted in to an elite military school. That is impressive!
Al the women from Women Talking
Women Talking is based on a true story, and I often find myself thinking of the real behind the story. It is about a group of Mennonite women who have been drugged and attacked by the men in their community. This book is about them coming together and decided where to go from here. I can not imagine being in their position. I am in awe of their strength and I love that Miriam Toews gave them a voice. Complete badasses!
Millie from Dumplin’ and Puddin’
Millie is a badass in a more subtle, and kinder way! In many ways she comes of as naive, but deep down she is so strong and one of the most kind-hearted characters I have ever read about. She is not afraid to completely put herself out there, as you will know if you have read or watched the movie Dumplin’. I actually preferred Puddin’ because Millie is the main character and I am just so charmed by her!
30 thoughts on “Bad Ass Female Characters”
Elizabeth Bennett was on my list .
Actually she was on the mind but not on the list .
That’s an awesome Kick Ass post.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! Elizabeth Bennet is awesome!
I loved your list!!!! I too admire Millie and of course Elizabeth Bennet but you got me hooked on Women Talking. Added that to my TBR right away!
Oh, awesome!! It’s really a powerful but difficult book. I really hope you love it as much as I did!
I hope I get to it soon!
I love your list! I think it’s lovely that put an emphasis on different ways of being a badass woman ❤️ Elizabeth Bennet is queen of everything!
Thank you! She really is!!
Elizabeth Bennet is the definition of bad ass! Love your list! 🙂
Thank you! I completely agree!
Ok I agree with Elizabeth Bennett, but have to admit the Keira Knightley version just bugs me.
I love her version but I know you are not alone with that opinion
Yes!!! Millie is a great answer ☺️
Can’t wait to finally read Women Talking
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Elizabeth Bennet was also the first name that popped into my head. Great list!
She’s is the epitome of bad ass! Thank you!
I love Millie!!! I really need to get to the Poppy War it’s been sitting on my shelf way too long 😭
She’s so good!!
I think you’ll love The Poppy War! It’s a big book but it reads quicker than you think!
I basically came by to say the same as most; Elizabeth Bennet was a great addition to the list! I haven’t read the others but I’ll take your word for it, they sound pretty bad ass 🙂 awesome post
Thank you! It makes me so happy that so many of us think of Elizabeth as a bad ass!
I completely agree that Elizabeth Bennet is a total badass 😀 And I can’t wait to read The Poppy War and discover how amazing Rin is for myself! I haven’t read Dumplin’ but I saw the movie (bad, I know), and I completely agree based on that that Millie is super badass in her own way 🙂 <3
I really think you’ll love Rin! She’s not perfect but that’s what makes her so great! If you liked Millie you need to read Puddin’. She’s the best!
Yes! Definitely Elizabeth Benneth and Millie! Love this list! 😀
On my list I also have Inej from Six of Crows and Emika Chen from Warcross! 🙂
Thank you! I completely agree with both of those choices. They almost made my list as well!
Awesome list! I love Elizabeth Bennett too 😀
She’s the best!
Love your choices here! Especially Elizabeth and Millie 🙂 I get tired of seeing the badass female characters as the snarky assassins who generally just hate on women like the first two!
Thank you! I completely agree with you. In my mind every woman is a bad ass in her own way, and most of us aren’t snarky assassins!
Lizzy Bennet is the BEST! I love all your choices! 💕
Thank you! She really is!