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Are your girls readers? Mine started off slowly but in recent years have started to find a love for the written word.
When I was a young girl and even now, my head can often be found stuck between the pages of my favourite books. My girls seem to be the same, however the books they are reading are completely different to the ones I read as a girl.
With that in mind I thought I would compile a list of literary characters your girls must meet before they get sucked into the world of Twilight and Hunger Games.
- Elizabeth Bennett Pride and Prejudice :- "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife".Well I don't know about that, but her Mr Darcy sure set our hearts a flutter, especially when played by a very dashing Colin Firth. A young Elizabeth strives to find love and independence in 19th Century England.
- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl:-When I first read this book I was around 13 years old, the same age as Anne. I found it to be a fascinating story of a family forced to live under extreme circumstances during the Nazi Occupation of Amsterdam. It wasn't until I read this story again when I was around 17 that the full scale of what Anne and her family had to go through truly hit home. After studying the Holocaust in history for my year 12 exams I had gained more knowledge and a deeper perspective of what the Jewish people living in Nazi occupied countries had been forced to endure. This made the story of Anne and her family seem all the more tragic.
- Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables :- I could totally relate to Anne when I was growing up. I could relate to her temper, her spirit and her ability to speak her mind. She truly loved her friends and adoptive parents, she loved to write and made no attempt to hide her fiercely ambitious nature, something that was highly frowned upon for a girl living in this time. Being an only child I could relate to her periods of loneliness and her ability to get lost between the pages of a book. Or maybe it was just the red hair and freckles that I could relate to so well.....
- Jo March, Little Women :- I absolutely loved Jo, she was a serious badass. Willing to cut all her hair off to raise money for her family. Give up the one boy she thought she loved for her younger sister. Encouraging her family to make the best of things when times were so terribly tough. I was so happy when she got her happily ever after in life and in love.
- Hermione Granger, Harry Potter :- Was there ever a stronger written female character? A girl who showed us all that brains totally trump being thought of as pretty. Countless times she was responsible for saving the lives of just about everyone around her. She showed everyone that it was OK to accept and indeed be proud of who you are and that it's actually never been cooler to be a nerd! 10 Points to Gryffindor!!!
- Charlotte, Charlottes Web:- Yep, I know Charlotte was a spider *insert shiver* but even an arachnid can see something special in little Wilbur the pig. She teaches others how important love and compassion is. Proving that if someone is smaller or weaker than yourself you have the responsibility to look out for and to protect them.
Which strong female literary characters have inspired you?