No Elizabeth Bennetts or Hermione Grangers here. This list isn’t of the best or most admirable female characters I’ve come across in literature. They’re just my favourites; the ones I seriously enjoyed reading about. Some of them are dazzling, some awful, some lovely, some seriously sick–much like, umm, real women in the real world.
This is inspired by me finally getting around to watching Norwegian Wood (2010) and remembering how much I adored Midori Kobayashi (as played by Kiko Mizuhara, pictured below, in the film).
1. Miranda Grey – The Collector by John Fowles
2. Midori Kobayashi – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
3. The Lisbon sisters – The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
4. Plum Coyle – Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
5. Fuka-Eri – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
6. Astrid (and Ingrid) Magnussen – White Oleander by Janet Fitch
7. Julia Wicker – The Magicians series by Lev Grossman
8. Camilla Macaulay – The Secret History by Donna Tartt
9. Cassandra Mortmain – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
10. Esther Greenwood – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
EDIT: Adding a bonus one, because I just finished reading her story:
11. Taylor Markham – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I want to take them all out for beers and be enchanted and scared and disgusted and moved and a better person for having seen inside each of their minds.