Book Meme Challenge:
Favorite Female Character
This is more difficult; as I am not choosing based on romantic attraction, I tend to be more demanding of my own fair sex.
And the literary equivalents become quite complicated. As the notions of what constitutes femininity changes with the ages, it is difficult to find a woman who I can admire, relate to, and wish were my friend in whatever-female-projection is with the times.
In literature, Victorian women can be admirable, but my post modern spirit wants a bit more kick. Adventure women tend to be more independent that it is possible for any human being to be. Modern women lack a certain je ne sais quoi. And post-modern women flung into historical settings just stick out like a sore thumb.
Also, there is the fact that because I have an inside view of the issues and trials of being a woman, I hold up a rather high standard for womanhood. (You think Darcy had a high standard? Mine is based on John Paul II’s New Feminism. Which is awesome and wonderful and wholesome, and hard.)
So what literary heroine can hold her own against dragons, social status, dire circumstances, and threatening figures, while at same time maintaining the grace, poise, gentility, love, and strength inherent to real femininity?
From The Chronicles of Narnia
It was most strenuous to make a decision; for a while I was tempted to employ a trifecta of Anne Elliot, Sophie Hatter, and Harriet Vane. But suddenly, in another late night dream-musing type thing, a quote from Lucy came to me.
The quote went something like this;
Edmund: Girls never can carry a map in their heads.
Lucy: That’s because we already have something in our heads!
And – oh darlings! – I suddenly remembered why I love this girl.
(Let us not discuss Movie Lucy versus Book Lucy. The differences are rather minute, but the change in medium does elicit a different view of the character.)
Lucy begins as a child, but we the readers get to see her grow up, struggle in balance her inward faith with her outward ways of living, fight to continue trusting, battle with encroaching
heresies armies, and become a woman beautiful inside-and-out.
Despite being an explicit (and practically-speaking imitable) example of holiness, Lucy is not a goody-two-shoes: she can be snarky and sassy just as much as the next girl. See above quote for proof. (Elsie Dinsmore, take note!)
Lucy knows her faults and works to correct them. She loves wholly and acts upon that. She is not merely the princess that girls dream of being, but she a queen; one who comes under her own power and self-government to such an extent that she can be responsible for the freedom of others.
Also, she plies a mean bow and arrow. And is resolute in danger when defending those that she loves.
She is the one who gives Aravis her first glimpse of Real Femininity. And that tomboy Tarkheena is shocked to find it to be strong and beautiful, especially when it is contrasted with the plush and floppy type exhibited by Lady Lasaraleen.
Lucy is not perfect. She does not quite have Anne’s composure, Sohpie’s control, or Harriet’s intellect.
But she does have a dedication, an openness to learning and growing, and willingness to adventure.
She is smart, without necessarily being brilliant, sweet without being saccharine, thoughtful without being overbearing, gentle without being weak, and strong with being pompous.
She is the Valiant.
She is a Queen.
She is a Lioness.
She is a Women With Whom To Be Reckoned.