Thanks for the great responses!

I got a huge response to my facebook poll asking my friends which literary characters they liked best & why! By far the top choices were Jane Eyre, (whom I featured in the second week’s column) and Elizabeth Bennett, who was originally lined up for #3, but whom I betrayed for Nana and Fadette. (Forgive me, Elizabeth. Your outfit is super-fierce to atone for my poor friendship.) Another favorite was Dolores Haze, the infamous Lolita. Others included Meg Murry from A Wrinkle In Time, Mattie Silver from Ethan Frome; Matilda, Eowyn (Lord of the Rings), and Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter.

I was thrilled to hear from so many people on this! As always, keep the recommendations coming my way. There’ a growing list in my brand-new 2009 Moleskine, ready to be checked off one by one! Here are some highlights from the responses:

Scarlett O’Hara from GONE WITH THE WIND. Because she’s tough, and selfish, and shallow, and a TOTAL bitch… and you find yourself rooting for her anyway. What a woman.

Is this girl talk only? Anyway, I like Zooey from Catcher in the Rye. She’s not a heroine, but very grown-up, and I like that in kids. (Apparently, so did Salinger… zing!)

Victoria Wren from Thomas Pynchon’s “V.” Ambitious, powerful, sadistic… yet also oddly admirable. Quite a horrid woman in general, but she has a presence unlike any other (male or female) character I’ve encountered. I find it impossible not to admire her determination as she literally destroys herself to get what she wants. Special mentions go out to Anemone from Ryu Murakami’s Coin Locker Babies and Dolores Haze from Lolita. (Also not a girl)

Hm, off the top of my head… Antigone, naturally, my favorite civil disobedient. She was totally convinced that she could make a city rebel in her defense, and even though she was ridiculously wrong about that, she deserves some kudos for not letting anyone boss her around. Elphaba from Wicked, always trying to come to terms with the good and evil within herself (and everyone). Renee from Colette’s “The Vagabond”… never let love become her trap, appreciates her own solitude.

Tomorrow’s Literary Ladies is back to regularly scheduled programming: Elizabeth Bennett & The Second Mrs. de Winter will make their debut at New England Noir. I know I’m excited. Send your interpretation of a literary heroine & I’ll send you a New England Noir magnet!

Love & a big, crisp apple,
Catherine

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