Following up to yesterday’s book boy / boyfriends talk, we are now ready to focus on the ladies. Whether you want them to be your best friend or your girlfriend, these are the top 10 we chatted about in YA lit.
Personally, my idea of a perfect girl’s night would be with Mor (ACOTAR), Nina (Six of Crows) and Aelin (Throne of Glass). They would all be incredibly fun to go to a concert or club with then dance all night, and follow up with a breakfast of waffles at dawn before passing out.
But for a daily best friend, I feel like Luna Lovegood and I are kindred spirits.
And here we go with day two of the ‘best of’!
Jo March – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.
I feel like it makes perfect sense that Jo March would land in this top 10, especially when it comes to a group of readers. She is ambitious, she writes, and is well read. A perfect way to start this countdown!
Manon Blackbeak – Throne of Glass Series, created by Sarah J. Maas
The Wing Leader said from behind her, “Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”
From what she’d seen today, she would say some creatures were very much born evil. But what Manon was asking… “I’m not the one who needs to answer that question.” Elide said.
When the witches were first introduced in Heir of Fire, I really didn’t feel a connection to them and felt myself wanting to skip ahead through those chapters and get back to the going ons across the sea. But with some gentle prodding, I learned that the witches would become very important and Manon Blackbeak (and her cousin Asterin) are the ones who really won me over. Most deservedly so.
Manon is everything. I could talk about her for hours. As one of the commenters said in my original poll many months ago: “Manon is my spirit animal.” She may be vicious, she may be beautiful, but she is capable of great change. I think we’re all dying to see what happens to her in the finale!
Sydney Sage – Vampire Academy Series, created by Richelle Mead
I literally know nothing about the Vampire Academy series. I am so so ashamed. Vampires were my first obsession in literature right around the time I was in fifth grade, and it lasted many years. But I am somewhat lapse in that area. Officially on my TBR now. From all the quotes I read through about her and her relationships, I think she is reason enough to get into this series!
Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables, created by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“I am well in body although considerably rumpled up in spirit, thank you, ma’am,’ said Anne gravely. Then aside to Marilla in an audible whisper, ‘There wasn’t anything startling in that, was there, Marilla?”
Anne… but please be sure to spell it with an ‘e’. Or if you please, you may also call her Cordelia. But only Gilbert can call her Carrots.
I love that Anne made this list! The girl that was obsessed with books, had a mirror friend named Katie, an imagination that ran wild, and the gift of gab (and then some.) She introduced us to ‘kindred spirits’ and ‘bosom friends’. And also taught us to never buy hair dye from a peddler at the market.
Did you also hear that Anne is getting a new series in Netflix? I’m not sure how it will measure up to the version with Megan Follows, but I’m sure going to try it. Anyone else an Anne fan?
Feyre – A Court of Thorns & Roses Series, created by Sarah J. Maas
“But I forgot to tell him,” I said quietly, opening the door, “that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key.”
I shrugged. “He was the one who let me out.”
Feyre made a great showing in the votes. She has been through nearly unspeakable horrors. But through it all (and there is a LOT of physical and psychological torment)… she’s become tough and yet finally knows who she is as a person, and most importantly, what she wants in her future.
Feyre would be a fiercely loyal friend or girlfriend… for the right person.
Cress – The Lunar Chronicles, created by Marissa Meyer
She couldn’t not say it, although she realized he was right. It was sort of scary. Much scarier than it had been the first time she’d told him, out in the desert. It was different now.
It was real.
Cress, Cinder, Scarlet, Winter. I think the mania around these re-tellings was well deserved. Each of these books was well-crafted and perfect for those who love a slightly edgier set of princesses. I think Cinder was my favorite, but clearly I haven’t made it to Cress yet! (Working on that series as we speak.)
Tessa Gray – The Infernal Devices Series, created by Cassandra Clare
If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?
If you read my list yesterday with the book boyfriends, you may remember that I have not read anything by Cassandra Clare. This is on my TBR. Maybe. Not really. I have resisted this long, and there are so many books in the many inter-related series… haha. Try to convince me though, I think I’ll need a push.
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games Series, created by Suzanne Collins
But I feel as if I did know Rue, and she’ll always be with me. Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim.
Much like Four, I was surprised to see Katniss as high in the list as she was. I feel like she is a love-her-or-hate-her character for a lot of readers. Then I remembered her relationships with Rue, Prim and Peeta, and the fact that she came from one of the hardest districts to survive in. She is rough around the edges for a reason, but her heart aches for those she loves as much as anyones. A worthy ranking for our Mockingjay.
Luna Lovegood – Wizarding World of Harry Potter, created by J.K. Rowling
I think I’ll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up – it always does in the end.
LUNA! Hooray! The only one in the top 10 that I think I could hang out with every single day. She would be so fun. Luna is witty, kind, funny, space-y at times, and obsessed with conspiracy theories. Who doesn’t want a friend like that? And I would always help her find her shoes again, as I’m sure it wasn’t the nargles.
So glad there are many Luna supporters out there! Do you love Luna too?
Hermoine Granger – Wizarding World of Harry Potter, created by J.K. Rowling
“Hermoine, you are honestly the most wonderful person I’ve ever met,” said Ron weakly, “and if I’m ever rude to you again –“
“– I’ll know you’re back to normal,” said Hermoine.
Hermoine is likely the easiest one to vote for in the list, not the list of which is because she is played by the wonderfully talented Emma Watson. Her votes were almost double that of the next person in the list. She is lovable in both the books and the movies. Dangerously brilliant, studious, clever, loyal, beautiful and funny, but also can be quite vulnerable. Let’s hear it for the brightest witch of her generation!
Anyone missing for you? Who is your girl / girlfriend crush? Let’s chat it out in the comments. 🙂