Let's be honest, when people say they would like to be Elizabeth Bennet, they're often more interested in Mr. Darcy than in Jane Austen's most beloved heroine. But Elizabeth is so much more than her husband, and that is one of her greatest strengths. At a time when women were forced to marry for financial stability rather than love, Elizabeth chose the more difficult, uncertain option - and proved the doubters wrong. She took control of her own life, resisting societal pressure and maintaining her identity apart from marriage."There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." — ELIZABETH BENNET
You are Feyre, the High Lady of the Night Court! You are brave and powerful. You love art, and may sometimes struggle with your past. You are still growing beyond the boundaries you used to have, and still learning how to thrive in your own skin. You have come a long way, though, from the person who didn't love who they saw in the mirror to the powerful warrior that you've become.Takeaway: Fear neither the unknown nor the familiar. Question both. Never stop wondering.
If Miss Marple is an expert at not striving to prove one's intelligence, Hermione Granger is an expert at not hiding it. Logical, witty and extremely knowledgeable, Hermione isn't bothered by her reputation as a "know-it-all." Girls in school are often teased for being smarter than boys, but Hermione embraces her consistent position at the top of the class. Her intelligence, combined with her compassion and loyalty, is an invaluable tool in accomplishing great things.
"Honestly, am I the only person who's ever bothered to read Hogwarts, A History?" — HERMIONE GRANGER
Takeaway: Absorb as much knowledge as you can - it's worth it.
Clever, independent and brave, Nancy Drew really is the girl who has it all. She's still in high school, but she already has a stronger detective reputation than most adults. And, because her family is apparently quite wealthy, she's able to travel widely whenever she wants to, solving more cases wherever she goes. Let's admit it, we're probably more than a little bit jealous of her perfect life. But let's not forget that Nancy Drew is so accomplished because she chooses to be, not because she just is. She's far too ambitious to let opportunities idly pass her by.
Takeaway: Don't just dream - live. Use the resources you have to put your ambitions to work.
What book lover doesn't secretly (or not so secretly!) wish they could be an accomplished writer? Jo March shows us that not only is it okay to pursue challenging dreams - it's also possible to succeed. But, while Jo does write for her own pleasure, she doesn't write for herself alone. She writes because she wants others to gain pleasure from her stories too, and she gives the financial fruits of her labors back to her family.
Takeaway: Treasure your talents. They may prove useful for yourself and those you love.
The rise of the massive popularity of young adult books have brought a whole slew of kick-ass young heroines. The queen among them is bow-and-arrow toting Katniss. From the opening book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, when she steps forward to take part in a violent battle in order to protect her sister, Katniss shows courage and grit. She’s as strong as her male counterparts, and unlike many male action heroes never gets cocky about her abilities.