Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Chloe

The Heroine’s Journey

What makes a good heroine?

Earlier this week, we discovered a fabulous short film all about The Hero’s Journey, that asked the question, what makes a good hero. Is it someone who leaps into battle and runs off to far away lands? Or someone discovering darkness in a setting much closer to home and rushing to the rescue?

We’re pretty sure it can be all of those things, but, for the love of reading, we decided to delve into the stories of a few more heroines to find out.

To do this, we turned to the cheekily named to see what their latest books of choice were for strong heroines, and they did not disappoint. While we haven’t heard of every girl on the list, we’re absolutely intrigued by all of them and will certainly be burying our nose in a book this weekend to discover more.

The Dust Land Trilogy by Moira Young, which has Saba travelling to find her kidnapped twin brother.

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, soon to be a major motion picture, this wild adventure follows Tris, a girl just trying to find herself.

Heist Society by Ally Carter, is all about a girl raised in a world of thievery and con, who’s about to turn her life around.

Songs of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce features Alana, a girl who wanted to be a knight so badly that she changed her identity. And absolute YA classic.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, while we’ve already read this, Liesel’s bold journey most certainly deserves another mention in a list of heroines.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare is the prequel to The Mortal Instruments and full of strong female characters in a supernatural world.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is an entirely new look on a fantastic classic (and our of our favourite heroines) Alice in Wonderland.

What book do you think has the best heroine in it? Send us your recommendation for daring dames and swashbuckling sisters in the comments!


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