One Feisty Broad: Strong Female Leads in Literature | Author Jan Moran
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One Feisty Broad: Strong Female Leads in Literature

Strong Female Leads: Elizabeth Benet as Keira Knightley

One day, while working on one of my historical novels, I was casting about for strong female leads in literature as inspiration.

Love 'em or hate 'em, you know who they (or, you) are: those pedal-to-the-metal, take-no-prisoners, never-say-die women we love to read about in our favorite books.

Okay, I'll be honest. I've been called “determined.” Some people say I never take “no” for an answer. I like to think that I always find a way.  That's why I love to read and write about similar characters.

While working on a manuscript, I began to think about what make a heroine unforgettable.  Is it those eyes, those lips…wait a minute–in a book, it's what the character does that makes him, or in this case, her, so memorable.  She must be the driving force, so in this next book I'm working on, expect one hell-acious chick.  Yep, you know who you are.  And men, you know you love us, too.

From Danielle in The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph to Caterina in The Winemakers, I've added my hell-bent heroines to history's literary line-up, women who fight Nazis and fallen fathers for their family's right of survival. And my contemporary leads? They're just as tough. Verena kicks some serious business you-know-what in Flawless, Scarlett wreaks havoc and dodges bullets in Beauty Mark, Fianna fights a fashionably-inclined murderer in Runway, and Dahlia takes on a deadly crime family in Essence.

So, I loaded up a few of my off-the-top-of-my-head favorites from my must-read bookshelf…

Strong Female Leads

Strong Female Leads Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

No matter who plays her on the screen, Lizzie is the bomb…

Strong Female Leads vivien-leigh-as-scarlett-ohara-

Scarlett O'HaraGone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Cross her at your own peril…

Strong Female Leads: Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Another perennial favorite…

Strong Female Leads lisbeth-salander

Lisbeth Salander – The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson

Smart as they come…

Strong Female Leads: Emma Harte

Emma Harte  – A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Style meets driving ambition…

So, who are your favorite strong female leads?

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