I'd originally planned to do just one post on my fictional heroines but no sooner did I think this post was done than I'd think of another heroine I just had to mention! So, I will spread this out over a couple of posts.
My first five are:
(in particular Book 2, In the Hand of the Goddess, which is my favourite in the series)
(Book 1 in the Fairyland series. I have the other books but have not as yet read them)
Catherynne M Valente
September is whisked away to Fairyland and very swiftly learns that many things have a price. This book is made up of shades of grey rather than black and white. Valente puts September in situations where she has to make difficult decisions, revealing what a strong girl September is and the resourceful young woman she will hopefully grow in to by the end of the series.
(there are two more books in this series but this one remains my favourite)
(this amazing author died in 2015. She was a pivotal author of my teens and it still saddens me to know the world has lost an imaginative talent like her)
If I ever do a list of favourite companion animals then the Peeve will be on it, her furry side-kick who has absorbed so much magic in her mother's castle that he is able to speak, much to the disapprobation of some.
(another author who is no longer with us, and who I miss)
Book 4 of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the book where Arthur Dent finally gets...I want to say 'some action' but feel I ought to write 'a love interest'.
From her unconscious introduction into the series (where her brother Russell mentions she thinks she's a hedgehog) to Arthur's discovery about what makes her so very different from any other woman walking the Earth, Fenchurch is not your standard heroine. She is intelligent, entertaining, amusing, witty, honest - I have a feeling I might be mentioning honesty a lot with my heroines and I think what I mean mainly by that description is she is true to herself. I don't have much time for characters who agonise over their decisions and themselves and prefer my heroines to be women of action rather than those characters given to over-complicated thought processes. Fenchurch takes the weirdness of Arthur Dent and combines it with her own and the two make a great pair in my book.
She's one of the main reasons why I don't really like the fifth book in the series and don't like returning to it.