June 17, 2012

Darlings from Fiction

Posted by Sunitha at 2:00 AM
Here is a list of my all time favourite women from fiction.I have read and re-read these books time and again , going through their trials and tribulations and happiness every time . It is not a top ten because each character has a part of me and is dear to me in a special way.

Scarlett O' Hara -Gone with the Wind -Margaret Mitchell

Practical, Cunning, Scheming, with the most earthy never say die attitude. She is optimism personified with the ability to say "Tomorrow is another day" when adversity is smiling at her from all sides. The vow she makes to "Never stay hungry again" makes you love her in spite of all her  flaws. Just a small introduction to one of the most famous women characters of all times.

Laura Castellano- Doctors -Erich Segal

Extremely beautiful, superbly talented , yet insecure and never really realizing her true worth until she meets the right man in her life. Somehow it is this insecurity that makes her so endearing to me. And every time I read the part where she says "Nothing's Up, everything is down." I can feel tears in my eyes.

Elizabeth Bennet- Pride and Prejudice -Jane Austen

Prudent, Intelligent and sensible would be the words to describe Jane Austen's most famous heroine. But Elizabeth is all this and more. Though she represents an era where women were brought up with the sole objective of hunting for a rich husband, her situation is identifiable with the contemporary Indian society that considers the marriage of its girls as the parents' primary duty. Her pride , and her natural prejudice towards a rich arrogant man, her inner turmoil as the man she hated turns out to be the one to help.. All this make her a living breathing woman rather than just a character.

Sarah Crewe- A little Princess -Frances Hodgsen Burnett

Who cannot but love the sweet and angelic Sarah Crewe who bears all her sorrow in un-complaining silence even when her situation changes over night from that of a parlour boarder (special student) to that of a maid. And I feel happy for this little Cinderella every time I read about the magic that makes things happy for her once again.

Jo March -Little Women -Louisa May Alcott

Tom -boyish, with a flair for the pen. That is Jo March for you. But that is not all. Despite her wild nature and her unsuccessful attempts at being lady like, she is a most sensitive person. Loving , and caring and feminine in a totally different way.

Tracy Whitney -If Tomorrow Comes -Sidney Sheldon

If you have seen 22 Female Kottayam /Ek Haseena thi and similar movies, and admired the heroine, rest assured you will love her . For she is their fore -runner, the inspiration  and the original avenging angel. Beautiful and Brilliant like all of Sidney Sheldon's heroines, she is more than a few notches above all of the rest because of her pluck in times of adversity that rasies her from the ashes like a Phoenix from fire. She is truly what dreams are made of.

Hermione Granger - The Harry Potter Series- J. K. Rowling

She knows everything and she can apply her knowledge. It is safe to say that without the help of the brilliant girl ,the most famous boy wizard of all times could never have achieved his destiny. More than her brains , her love for her friends and the ultimate sacrifice that she makes to erase herself from  the memory of her parents to keep them safe, endear her to me.

Durga -Pather Panchali -Bibhuti Bhushan Banerjee

Tied to a childhood in abject poverty , for no fault of hers. She represents the flickering innocence in children even when poverty tries to snuff it out at an early age. The earthy and childlike Durga who guards her possessions like a tigress till she succumbs to starvation., can bring tears to my eyes after every read.

Thethi (Devaki Manambilly) - Agnisakshi -Lalitambika Antharjanam

A character from Malayalam literature.I'm sure she would not be on most people's list. But to me she is special because , her life symbolizes what my life would have been like a century or may be even half a century ago. Her courage to stand up against a society that shuns her, the trials of a free spirit chained to the whims of an archaic society oblivious of the changing world and the ills within itself.
The story that inspired a thousand women to come forward during those tough times.

Maya -

She is the elusive protagonist that keeps coming back to my mind though I can remember neither the book nor the author. Maya is just an ordinary girl, in an ordinary Indian family that considers the marriage of its daughters as the sole purpose of its existence.When arranged marriages f her sisters fail , her strength helps her face life in her own way.

Hope you enjoy it.. :). Happy reading..


Nihareekaa on June 17, 2012 at 2:32 AM said...

I hated Scarlett for not realising Rhett's worth and losing him at the end of the novel. But the happy ending in the next part kinda made up for it.

Not read Doctors yet. I've been to buy it but busy busy busy.

Elizabeth Bennet. She got the best guy. Proud, arrogant sometimes, stupid too, but the best character.

I remember watching the cartoon version of it. Haven't read it.

I loved every character in Little Women and the cartoon too.

Ah! Tracy Whitney. Beautiful, independent, ferocious and a brilliant mastermind. That girl knew how to protect and make an identity for herself.

The most loved 'Miss-know-it-all'. Everyone of us have wanted to be her at one point.

I haven't read the rest.

P.S.: Sorry for such a long comment. Can't stop myself whenever I find someone who's read the same stuff as me. :D

Ash on June 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM said...

Elizabeth, Scarlett... and Lisbeth Salander, if you've read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series!

Freelancer on June 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM said...

I don't care about anyone else, but Tracy Whitney is awesome!! However I wish you added a couple of names that deserves to be in top 5.

Lisbeth Salander! She is one girl I'd have nightmares and dreams about

Sunitha on June 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM said...

Ash and Freelancer, I am yet to read the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series. I have it on the aiting list at our local library. :)

Mystical Skeptical Me on June 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM said...

Aaah, I know few of them! And I am glad I do! They are such brilliant inspiration. :D

@FL: You were missed here! :D

Sunitha on June 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM said...

@Nihareeka, I can soo feel your passion and thank you for commenting.. :) Reading your comment made my day.

@MSM . Yes, they are..

NBose on June 19, 2012 at 1:05 AM said...

Tracy Whitney & Hermione for me....Tracy is mind-blowing!!

your post reminds me to read the 'Doctors' kept in my shelf immediately :-)

AVY on June 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM said...

Oh Scarlett.

/ Avy

sulagna ™ on June 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM said...

Sunita :) Hi first time on your page and did a few post..totally following you. Laura and Barney happened in my life in std 6 and need i tell you how badly i looked for a barney in my live.
Another girl i loved imagining , narrating her life was Jenny, Love Story."Oh Ollie Will ya Please"

gayathri on June 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM said...

Scarlett and Elizabeth top my list! Loved their not so perfect character play.

Sunitha on June 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM said...

NBose.- Yes, Tracy and Hermione are awesome.. :) Love them both

Sulagna- How did I miss Jenny, I don't know. I love her too.. Glad you liked my page.. :)

Gayatri - Yes. They are not flawless like some the others , but shining diamonds none the less.

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