I Need A Heroine

Looking for a heroine to save you from the man-worshipping, no-personality girls that seem to permeate popular literature? Want to find a fab book written by a woman? Here’s a couple of novels, series and authors to start becoming serious fangrrrrls of, as suggested by collective members (in the first issue of wom*news!):

  1. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (Lisbeth Salander doesn’t give as good as she gets – she does better.)
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Scariest book for feminists e.v.e.r!)
  3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Katniss’s determination to survive is welcomingly refreshing in a world that is even more superficial than our own.)
  4. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (Don’t watch the Golden Compass movie. Lyra actually rocks.)
  5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Melinda doesn’t need a gun or a sword; her experience of rape makes her one the strongest characters ever.)
  6. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Sure, Harry saves the world from Lord Voldemort – but Hermione saves Harry first. See also: Bellatrix Lestrange, Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Lily Potter, McGonagall…)
  7. He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut…and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Valenti (A fabulous third-wave feminist author!)
  8. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (This author is known for having her most powerful characters being female and generally awesome.)

Let everyone know your fave authors and heroines in the comments!

Remember – you don’t have to submit stuff only to the hard-and-pdf copy of our collective zine! Go to our submission info’ page to see your fab feministic work featured here :)


One thought on “I Need A Heroine

  1. rosi5 says:

    Thanks for this! I will be sure to check out The Handmaid’s Tale :) I am really looking forward to reading “What You Really Really Want” by Jaclyn Friedman…not exactly fiction, but feminist writing nonetheless!

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