1. Lucy Pevensie - The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis - The smallest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is the one whose faith in the possible brings Narnia to the kids. She is determined and brave, yet knows she is young and struggles in her efforts to get others to see the beautiful possiblities she can see. But she almost always ends up being right and she gets to snuggle with Aslan. The movies do a great job on her character - a blend of sweet, bold and caring in a small package. The books do an even better job - Lucy is never one to abandon a friend in need. Plus if I were Lucy I'd get to be a Queen of Narnia, know Aslan and have all sorts of wonderful adventures - what could be better! Because after all, Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen of Narnia.
2. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling - The classic know-it-all occasionally patronizing, yet charming friend. Intelligent and witty but sometimes short sighted about her own failings, Hermione is a great foil for Harry and Ron. You always need to have someone who pays attention in class, but is willing and able to bend the rules for what is right. You may find her annoying, but deep down you can't live without her.
3. Eowyn - Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - The tom-boy of the group. Brave beyond belief and loyal to her family and her love (poor Eowyn - Aragorn loves another though). She gives up safety to fight in the battle in Gondor and ultimately does what no man can do - slays the Nazgul and enables the Nine to be slain.
4. Rose Tyler - Dr. Who - Ah, to travel time and the universe with the handsome noble Doctor as he tries to save the universe and human kind from destruction. And if you can help easy his troubled mind and provide some much needed companionship - even better!
5. Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling - Don't go thinking she is just the girl to be saved. She knows full well how to hold her own and won't let You-know-who stop her from being with Harry Potter. She is full of tricks and mischief and has learned her fair share from her brothers. Red headed, fiery and loving she is a great match for Harry Potter.
6. Elizabeth Bennett - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen - Not every woman can get away with the insults she hurls and Mr. Darcy and still have him love her deeply and passionately. Besides, if you can survive SO MANY embarrassing moments and still get the guy you must be doing something right.
7. Anne of Green Gables - by L.M. Montgomery - Here is another girl/woman who manages to make a great mess of things and still be loved and precocious throughout. What's not to like!
8. Arwen - Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - Giving up her immortality to live with the man she loves. The elf beauty and future queen of Gondor. Even though she is really a small part in the Lord of the Rings - Aragorn carries his love for her throughout the obstacles he faces and who doesn't want to be loved like that.
9. Princess Leia - Star Wars - She makes a great transformation through the original series. She needs rescuing but remains strong-willed throughout, and in the end you find out not only can she rock a gold bikini and tame the rogue Hans Solo but she's got a bit of that Force thing going for her too!
10. Samantha Carter - Stargate SG-1 - The only female on the Stargate Team she is the science brains of the operation. They never would be able to solve half the problems they themselves into without her.
11. Ariel - The Little Mermaid - Seriously, who doesn't want to be a misunderstood Mermaid from time to time. I urge you to find one girl from my generation who never swam in the pool/lake humming "Part of Your World" wanting a boy to notice her and her parents to understand her.
12. Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling - Oh to be comfortable enough with who you are to not care about what others are saying. To be loyal and sincere and willing to help at all times. Maybe we all should wear radish earrings!
13. Honorable Mentions - Jadzia Dax - Deep Space 9, Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher - Star Trek: TNG, Captain Catherine Janeway - Star Trek Voyager, Fiona - Shrek, Galadrial and Rosy - Lord of the Rings, Polly and Susan - Chronicles of Narnia - Actually just put me on a Star Trek ship or in Middle Earth or Narnia somewhere and I'll be happy.
There you go - just in case you ever doubted my extreme geekiness! Coming next week - my favorite male fictional characters!
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