Gotta Have It / Make It Stop is hosted by I Love Teen Books
This week's topic? Strong female leads!
My thoughts are after the break...
Strong female leads? Gotta have it, definitely.
For too long, Young Adult fiction seemed to be taken over by female characters with Bella Swan-like tendencies. Now, let me stop you there. I loved Twilight as much as the next person and Bella did have some redeeming qualities, but in a genre that many young and impressionable girls read, looking up to characters that only resemble Bella Swan can be definitely detrimental. What's wrong with Bella, you ask? She was far too passive in many respects, sometimes seemed only to live for Edward, and allowed others to make major life decisions for her. (This view is only my humble opinion... and I'm not looking for a fight... If you disagree, please let me know why =]!)
There is something to be said about kick ass female leads like Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Rose Hathaway, and Lizzie Bennet. Sure, they each fall in love and have their own faults and short comings... but they think for themselves and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
How about you? What are your thoughts on strong female leads?
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