Thursday, July 22, 2010

Top Five Friday No. 1

I thought I would start making lists of book-related things because one entry per book Emily and I manage to read is just not creating enough content!

Top Five Friday
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Top Five Friday: Top Five Female Protagonists in Books:
1. Arya from George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire
2. Min from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
3. Barra from Matthew Woodring Stover's Iron Dawn
4. Ludmila Gorbunova from Harry Turtledove's Worldwar
5. Jamisia from CS Friedman's This Alien Shore
Want to play? Post your list of five female protagonists in your blog, link back here, and comment so that I can add a link to your blog! Check back in a week for a new list.


  1. OK that is totally impossible to do, how can you compare the top five female protagonists in sci fi to the top five female protagonists in classical literature? Waaaaay too broad. Even without being familiar with four of your five, I can think of numerous significant female characters that many people would probably rank higher than your picks...

  2. 1. Elizabeth Bennett, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice... because no list of great fictional women is complete without her. Seriously.

    2. Lyra Belacqua, from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Smart, strong, wise beyond her young years, and a compelling character in support of why Original Sin wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

    3. Eowyn, from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Because I had to put someone from Tolkien on this list, and my first choice would have left most people scratching their heads. "But no living man am I You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you are not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."

    4. Irene "Renie" Sulaweyo, from Tad Williams' Otherland quartet. Because she is strong, resilient, and survives about 2500 pages of one of the most complicated plotlines ever.

    5. Princess Irulan, from Frank Herbert's Dune series. Because she really gets the short end of the stick in most situations, but still manages to stay alive.

    ~Sookie Stackhouse. Just because I like her.
    ~Hermione Granger. Smart, talented, loyal, and a fighter. Pretty cool.


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