Novels with Strong & Inspiring Female Protagonists

Author: Sherry Helms

Here, we have compiled a list of the books that portray the female protagonists who are strong, inspiring, and dependable; who can get rid of the predicaments around them by their own. There are innumerable books with moving female heroes. We compiled this precise list by extracting the books that received high number of reviews, and then randomly picked some titles out of them. Here goes a few titles:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – The central character of this novel is Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage. Her vivacity and wit, her hasty dismissal of superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world, how he improves his manners and Elizabeth changes her mind, are at the centre of this Jane Austen book. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – An orphan girl’s progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school culminates in a troubled career as a governess. Jane’s first assignment at Thornfield, where the proud and cynical master harbors a scandalous secret, draws readers ever deeper into a compelling exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – This novel offers the reader an impression of a single June day in London in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, the wife of a Conservative member of parliament, is preparing to give an evening party, when the shell-shocked Septimus Harding, a war veteran, hears the birds in Regent’s Park chattering in Greek. There seems to be nothing, except perhaps London, to link Clarissa and Septimus. She is middle-aged and prosperous, with a sheltered happy life behind her; Smith is young, poor, and driven to hatred of himself and the whole human race. Yet both share a terror of existence, and sense the pull of death.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Set in Scotland in 1743, this is the story of Claire Randall, a former combat nurse in the year of 1945, when she returns from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Actually, this is a story in which time travels back to the era of Our Lord, 1743, in Scotland, taking Claire back in time by forces. There she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford  – This is the story of Emma Harte, a successful entrepreneur, who built her retail empire on her own.  Her journey started as a resourceful servant girl who a shrewd determination to make her mark on the world. She honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery and learned to survive. She rose from poverty to magnificent wealth which attracted enemies around her. This is a story that presents a vicious cycle of Emma’s struggle and success.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, is forced to represent her district in an annual deadly event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. She regards it as a death sentence when she proceeds to participate in the game, but she has been close to dead before, and survival, for her, is second nature. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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