Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! Today I’m doing something I’m pretty sure I haven’t done before: Top 5 Tuesday!This is a meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm’s and today’s topic is Badass Female Characters. Which was just too tempting to resist. I love my badass women and I have a lot of though about what makes character’s badass. Spoiler alert: It’s not just sticking people with the pointy end.
1. Vasya, The Bear and the Nightingale
“I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”
Vasya is a true wild child, riding bareback on her father’s horses and running into the woods to eat her stolen honey cakes. She’s headstrong and self-assured, fearless and bold. She refuses to be defined by anyone else’s notions of what a maiden should or shouldn’t be. She simply is. That’s so badass to me.
2. Ellen, Pillars of the Earth
“She was unique: there was something abnormal about her, and it was that abnormal something that made her magnetic.”
Ellen from Pillars of the Earth is another wild, witchy woman who stole my heart. She’s strong and resourceful, self-reliant and brave. Raising her child alone in the woods, after his father’s hanged for a crime he didn’t commit. Ellen always puts her son first, whether that means defying the words of monks, bishops and god, or sacrificing her own happiness. I think being an awesome mom is pretty badass.
3. Manon, The Throne of Glass Series
“Witches didn’t need blood to survive, but humans didn’t need wine, either.”
What could be more badass than a powerful warrior witch with iron teeth and claws, riding into a battle on the back of a wyvern? Literally nothing! Manon Blackbeak is the baddest witch. I love her fierce nature and her unwavering loyalty to those she loves
4. Jude, The Cruel Prince
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
Jude might have knightly aspirations, but it’s not her skills with a sword that makes her so badass. It’s the way her minds works. She’s so wickedly smart and cunning, always plotting and scheming. Grabbing whatever power she can, in whatever way she can, like a true Slytherin queen.
5. Eelyn, Sky in the Deep
“Vegr yfir fjor.”
Of all the women on my list, Eelyn is the one who best fits the stereotypical image of a badass female characters. She’s a viking warrior who runs into battle with her axe and sword, who’d face death before dishonor and never, ever stops fighting for what she believes in. But when her beliefs are challenged and her world changes, she’s brave enough to let herself change with them and that’s what makes her a badass in my eyes.