Today is International Women’s Day. Now I’m not the type of person that celebrates every single “international insert blank day,” however this one is enjoyable to think about. Just looking at twitter today has made me really thoughtful about how far women have come. This also makes me think of the strong women characters that are in games and books. Below I will be talking about my personal favorite women characters that are in games and in books.
Women in games
There are SO many that I can list here, because there are just so many amazing women characters that I adore! But I have limited it down to a select few here.
Aloy – Horizon Zero Dawn
Aloy is one of the most recent female protagonists to enter the gaming scene, and you know what? I love her. I absolutely adore the way she is portrayed in this game. She lives to fight and to stand up for what she believes in. She never forgets her routes nor the people that have helped along the way. To me she is a very humbling character. I also love how sarcastic she is towards people. An amazing woman.
Lara Croft – Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is one, if not the most well known female protagonist in any game series. Of course at the start she was unrealistically proportioned, however later on this was fixed. Best decision the developers made honestly. I grew up playing some Lara Croft games and always loved the stories that were told through her. I do think my favorite game with her right now has to be Tomb Raider, her origin story. How she became the tomb raider and what sacrifices she had to make in order to get there. Once very scared, not believing that she could do anything, now a strong woman who is not afraid of anything. Especially tombs.
Bayonetta – Bayonetta
I do love a good ass kicking, and Bayonetta is for sure the best choice for this. A strong women in a world of demons and angels who are out to get her, she always shows them who is the boss. She’s not afraid to flaunt her stuff and take names! To me she’s just an overall kick ass woman. I also love that over the course of the games, Bayonetta starts off mainly caring only for herself, but slowly starts caring about the well being of others that have somehow wound up with her. A brilliant woman.
Chloe Price – Life is Strange
Although she is not the main character of the game, to me she practically is. Chloe, who loves the “punk-rock attitude”, she really is a girl who does not take no for an answer. She is incredibly bold and acts fearless, even though this is more than likely a front to face her inner demons of depression and past drug addiction. I still love her character though within Life is Strange, and the development between her and the main protagonist Max. Personally, I think I can relate more to Chloe than I do to Max, which makes me prefer her. Even though Max is still amazing in her own way!
Clementine – The Walking Dead series
Leaving this little cutie to the last of the women in games list. I love Clementine so much. She is by far one of my favorite girl characters in a game series. Starting off as a very scared child, afraid of losing people that she loves, she starts to become brave in order to help the ones she cares about. Knowing that the world she lives in is a terrible place, she needs to make sure she looks out for herself. The lessons that Lee taught her in the first game have definitely helped her on her way.
Women in Books
This wasn’t too hard of a list to come up with. All of these amazing books with amazing women are special in their own right. Most of them have been made into either a T.V. series or a movie. However, I do prefer reading about them than watching them. It’s a different sort of love, you know? Here are a few women that I adore in some of my favorite books.
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is still my all time favorite female character in any book series. She is extremely humble and loyal, always looking out for her family, and she is not afraid of death. From the day she volunteered as tribute to save her sister, she has shown everyone that she is not someone to mess around with. She loves to break the rules and to show everyone there is more to life than the rules of the capitol. Honestly, Katniss is just an amazing role model for every woman. Just.. amazing.
Hazel Grace Lancaster – The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Now I know what some of you are possibly thinking, this is not your typical type of person to put on a list like this. But, to me, Hazel Grace is an absolute must for my list. Despite Hazels condition, she wants to be able to do the things that people have told her she can’t. Of course there are barriers that she puts up for herself, but soon realizes that it’s worth taking the risk. I love how how John writes about Hazel, and every single time I read this book, I cry. I honestly just break down and cry, because it’s such a moving and real book.
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Another iconic female character, and of course I was going to have her on my list. Even though she was born to muggle parents, Hermione Granger is a very gifted witch, who excels at everything. Incredibly loyal to her friends, and is always willing to go out of her way to make sure things go correctly. I love the progression of her throughout the Harry Potter series, starting off as a typical “know-it-all” and progressing into someone that her friends couldn’t live without. I enjoy reading about her more so than the movies because I have a very different image in my head of how she looks.. kind of how I look in a way.
Matilda – Maltida by Roald Dahl.
Last but not least, we come to my favorite little girl in one of my favorite books. Although Matilda’s family treat her poorly with neglect, she is a courageous young girl who doesn’t let them stop her. She loves to read books, and at a young age she loses herself in them, and teaches herself valuable lessons. By the time she is allowed to go to school, her intellect level is already heeps above the rest of her class. Maltida’s head teacher hates her because of a shady car deal her dad provided, and makes her life a living hell. She soon learns that she has a strong power of telekinesis. She uses this power to help her friends and her teacher. I just love how she is portrayed in this story, as someone who looks like she has nothing, but eventually gets a happy ending.