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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nominations Needed: Best Fiction Heroine (Poll Description)

"But I was looking forward to Best Dystopian Fiction and........
Eh, you know what. It's cool. I'll probably be on this one as well.
Carry on!"
Last night on my Facebook wall, someone suggested we do a "best heroine" poll, so we will be putting off the Best Dystopian Fiction until later.

Who is the BEST heroine in fiction.

The Rules

1- As always, I leave definitions up to your best judgement because I'd rather be inclusive. A heroine should be a main character in a story or one of two or three in a story with multiple main characters. However, I'm not going to count the pages of your nomination's time in a book to make sure they're really major. Please no minor characters. (Hermione would be fine. Eponine would be pushing it.) Further, a heroine doesn't have to be a "good person" but the hero/protagonist milieu does tend to suggest that redeeming qualities should be there. While complex characters like Cersei Lannister are acceptable, let's keep the Cruela De'Ville and Ursula types off our poll.

2- You may nominate two (2) heroines. (Remember that I am a horrid and unyielding power hungry monster* here at Writing About Writing. To encourage reading and reading comprehension I will NOT take any authors beyond your second nomination.)

3- You may (and should) second as many nominations of others as you wish. No heroine will be going on to our poll that doesn't get at least one second.

4- Please put your nominations here. I will take books nominated as comments to this post on other social media; however, they may not get the seconds you need because no one will see them.

In a couple of weeks we'll get the poll fired up based on your nominations. It's all up to you.

*As part of my ongoing megalomania Lisbeth Salander will be on this poll.

44 comments:

  1. I will nominate Elizabeth Moon's "Heris Serrano" form her Serrano Legacy books.

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  2. I'll say... Anne Shirley and Lyra Belacqua.

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    1. Seconding Anne-with-an-E Shirley. --CM Scott (Facebook)

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  3. Morgaine (CJ Cherryh's tetralogy)

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  4. Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God. --CM Scott (Facebook)

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  5. Elena from Bitten. --CM Scott (Facebook)

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  6. I'll nominate Sharon Li from Kate Griffin's "Stray Souls"

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  7. Killashandra Ree from Anny McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series and Kylara Vatta from Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series.

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  8. what about anti heroes.....?

    I nominate
    October Daye from Seanan McGuire
    Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel trilogy

    if only I had another nomination, I'd go for Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger

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    1. seconded Phèdre nó Delaunay! Would also vote for Moirin from the latest trilogy.

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    2. Second that too.

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  9. Susan Calvin (Asimov's robot stories)

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  10. I already kind of regret suggesting this because I'm having such a hard time deciding. I think I'm going to go with Alanna (Song of the Lioness quartet, Tamora Pierce) and Sally Lockhart (Sally Lockhart quartet, Philip Pullman), because FORMATIVE.

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  11. Jill Cameron from Glasgow Fairytale.

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  12. Polgara (from The Belgariad), and Eowyn (obviously I would prefer you didn't count pages). I presume I should leave my reasoning for later?

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  13. Jamethiel (Jamie) Dreamweaver from Hodgell's Kencyrath

    Second Morgaine

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  14. Trisana Chandler (Circle of Magic)
    and Violet Baudelaire

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  15. Cirrocco Jones from John Varley's Titan series (which should be made into a film gaoddammit)
    Vin from Brandon Sandersons Mistborn series.

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  16. Honor Harrington

    Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan

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    1. I'll second Cordelia. I was sort of hoping someone would pick her.

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    2. Honor Harrington is a must. Also, Rachel Morgan from The Hollovvs series.

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    3. Second Rachel Morgan.

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  17. I was going to comment that you made this nomination process very difficult when this post first appeared. Heroine in what genre? Across the span of literature? Impossible! Ah, but it seems I have commented anyway. Darn fingertips! My favorite (and the best heroine) has already been nominated and seconded but I will, in the interest of fair play, second Killashandra Ree from McCaffery's Crystal Singer series. :)

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  18. Shallan from Way of Kings/Words of Radiance

    Amara from The Codex Alera.

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  19. Alanna of Trebond from The Song of the Lioness Quartet and Keladry of Mindelan from The Protector of the Small, both series by Tamora Pierce

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    1. I nominated Alanna up above, so you can sneak in another nomination if you want!

      Also, I'll second Keladry.

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  20. I nominate Friday Jones and Maureen Johnson Long, the former from Robert Heinlein's Friday, the latter from Heinlein's Time Enough for Love and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. How about some awesome vintage heroines?

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  21. How about some classics? I nominate Jo March from Little Women and Jane Eyre from. . .well, you know.

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  22. Mara of the Acoma from the "Daughter of the Empire" series by Janny Wurtz and Raymond E. Feist. And Gill from Barbara Hambly's "Darwath Trilogy".

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