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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Move Over, Katniss

With the recent celebrity of Katniss Everdeen, Susan Collins’ heroine in The Hunger Games, it’s easy to forget the independent female characters of earlier days. Writing in Forbes, guest blogger Preeti of Scholastic Book Clubs joins others to pair some great characters and their women authors (“Katniss Everdeen, Meet Hermione, Ramona, Jane Eyre and Six Other Unforgettable Lady Characters by Female Authors,” March 27, 2012). Here is a sampling of her list:

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby. “. . .a role model for women young and old—confident, spunky and full of life.”

Madeline L’Engle’s Meg Murray. “Meg is a real person, but despite her faults and her clumsiness, she gets her guy, reunites her family and saves the world.

J.K. Rowling’s Hermione. In the Harry Potter series “her journey from 11 to 17 is one many of us can relate to: awkward and inconvenient. But in the end, that same journey gets her happily-ever-after.”

Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet. “She proved that a girl need not bend to convention to fall in love.”

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. “. . .she proves that with determination and hope you can go a long way.”

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