♡ (Hope Larson's depiction of Meg that will appear in an upcoming graphic novel...!)
Meg Murry is the amazing protagonist from Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. If you like the Harry Potter series you will love L'Engle's fantasy/science fiction/romance/genre-jumping first novel - her emphasis on the power of love and triumph of good over evil will be very familiar to many, though it must be noted that L'Engle came first and was no doubt an influence on Rowling. Meg Murry is a completely believable female lead, urging her friend Calvin and younger brother onwards when they leap into unknown territory and basically saving Earth by the end. Basically. Don't worry, I haven't given too much away. She is intelligent, boldly individual (and not in a Mia Thermopolis/generic Meg Cabot character way) and very strong. Other female characters include the amazing Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which (though arguably they are genderless), Mrs Murry and the gorgeous Aunt Beast. Yes, I just finished reading it for about the seventh time.
Katniss EverdeenThe Hunger Games then you shouldn't even be on the internet. Climb out from under your rock and give one of the best stories to come out in recent times a look. While it is admittedly not executed perfectly, Suzanne Collins' idea of a dystopia is truly horrific and the strength found in Everdeen is a result of this. Probably not my favourite character of the list but certainly deserves an honourable mention for her display of loyalty, skill and persistence. Also, there's a movie coming out soon so I implore you to read it before the film potentially butchers the book. It probably won't, but just in case.
I have a lot more I'm itching to write about and something tells me that this is a work in progress. What about you? Who are your favourite female characters?
PS - Thank you to Lauren of Word Taxi for the inspiration. You can find a post about a couple of her favourite characters here.