Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
First reaction: the ABC's of heroines
Anne of Green Gables: she makes the best of her bad situations, has tremendous imagination, and stays true to herself and her friends.
Bridget Jones: also makes the best of bad situations; willing to try anything; still growing and learning from her mistakes; even though she's attracted to the bad boy, she choses the stable good guy
Claire Randall: up for an adventure, brave, adaptable, Jamie loves her
Then, I knew there were more, a second tier, of worthy but not as obvious choices:
Pope Joan: wanted to learn so disguised herself as a boy, and then due to her character and strength and intelligence, rose to be Pope
Tuppence of Tommy and Tuppence: she's an equal partner with Tommy, and uses her brain and brawn to solve the crime,
Lyra from His Dark Materials: uses her brain and trusts her instincts to take her on the right path
Then the names I saw after blog browsing that I had forgotten:
Jane Eyre, for all the reasons everybody else put down
Hermione Granger: she's an equal part of Harry's gang, and uses her brain and logic to solve their problems, she believes in herself
hmmm, wonder what next week's question will be? My hero?