Mae Clair’s 13 Heroines: From Lady Marian to Clary Fray

Welcome to another Thursday Thirteen!  Last week I blogged a list of my thirteen favorite male characters, so it’s only fair this week is devoted to the ladies. In the process of putting this post together, I discovered something interesting.

It was effortless to come up with thirteen heroes (I could have easily added more without difficulty) but, when it came time to pick heroines, I had to do some digging. I even poked around in my bookcase, and realized that while there were titles I could look at and confidently say I enjoyed a great deal, I couldn’t remember much about the heroine. Wow! That was an awakening.

Maybe I just like a hunky hero, and gravitate more toward the men. Don’t get me wrong. There are women on the list below I adore. Others are there to round things out to an odd thirteen. That said, here are my thirteen favorite female characters (in no particular order):

1.    Lady Marian/Maid Marian
       Robin Hood legends
2.    Quinn Black
       Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts
3.    Eowyn
       Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.    Arafel, the Lady of the Trees
       The Ealdwood Duology by  C.J. Cherryh
5.    Maggie Concannon
       Born In series by Nora Roberts
6.    Clary Fray
       Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
7.    Weather Karkinnen
       Prey series by John Sanford
8.    Sara Howard
       The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
9.    Cinderella
10.  Philippa Somerville
       The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
11.  Deborah St. James
       Inspector Lynley mysteries by Elizabeth George
12.  Lucie Manette
       A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
13.  Viola
       Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

So, I learned a lesson. I need to pay more attention to the women, instead of drooling over the men! The first five women on the list were heroines who made a strong impression on me. Coming up with some of the others has made me want to go back and re-read their stories, particularly THE LYMOND CHRONICLES and A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

Okay, spill – – who are your faves? 🙂

15 thoughts on “Mae Clair’s 13 Heroines: From Lady Marian to Clary Fray

  1. Omg!! I love Jace…I mean, Clary! I’m on City of Ashes right now and loving this series! Clary coming in to who she really is is becoming such a great ride!


    • LOL! I was a goner on Jace too. Clary took me a little while but I so loved how her character developed. A great YA herione. You’re going to have to read the Infernal Devices next. Gem is the one I loved in that series.


  2. Mae- funny you saw that you need to pay more attention to the women…me too! My favorite series, Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, I can remember all the men and their pasts…but the women’s name elude me, lol. That will be my New Years Resolution for 2013!


    • Ok, I’m feeling a bit better given my one-sided obsessions knowing I’m not the only one who focuses on the guys. I got a little freaked by it when I realized that was the case. So glad to know I’m not alone. I’ll have to mark it down for my New Years Resolution too, Christina!


  3. Wow! 13 heroines. I can’t even come up with one fictional heroine. The heroine that popped into my mind was Sacagawea. Looks like I’m wired to pay attentions to heroes too. This must answer the question I’ve had for a while… why I struggle with the heroine’s emotion in my writing. Thanks for opening my eyes, Mae.


    • Looks like we’re all part of the same club, Stanalei, LOL. I managed to eke out six without too much strain before I hit a brick wall. I’m definitely going to have to start paying more attention to the girls when I read – – and write! 😀


    • Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series (reading it with my kids!)
      Riatha from Eye of the Hunter
      Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy.
      Tynae from Angels & Warriors: The Awakening

      Those are just the ones that come to mind.

      The problem I have found is that I frequently don’t relate to female heroines. Which is why I have started my own series with a female heroine I can relate to. I cannot wait to put a more memorable female heroine out there for the public!


      • Cool, Heidi. I often have a problem relating to female characters too. I remember the heroine in one of Nora Robert’s books so turned me off I almost stopped reading. Fortunately, I loved the hero from the start so I stuck with it. Halfway through I changed my opinion of the female lead and did a 360 about her by the end of the novel. The problem was that she was so unlikable (and not someone most women could relate to) at the beginning it almost ruined the book for me. Now it’s one of my favorite Nora novels. Good for you in wanting to create a memorable heroine!


  4. Who would’ve thought heroines would be so difficult? Let’s see–Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1, Teyla Emmagan from Stargate Atlantis, Jennifer Keller from Stargate Atlantis, Kaylee from Firefly (can you tell I’ve been watching a bit of sci-fi lately?) and I concur on Viola. I just re-watched Shakespeare in Love and much as I think Colin Firth is adorable, Joe Fiennes killed me with those soulful brown eyes and those long, luxurious lashes. I would’ve defied the queen and run off to Denmark or somewhere with Will.


    • Oooh, a Stargate girl 🙂 I know I’m probably in the minority but I always liked the novel adapations that followed the movie rather than the direction they took with the series. I did watch the first 3 years before it lost me. And I’ll need to check out Shakespeare in love. Sounds yummy.


  5. Oh, yeah…Quinn black was a pretty cool character. By the way, when I imagine you, I picture Jude Murray from “Jewels Of The Sun” by Nora. 🙂
    Eve Dallas- J D Robb’s “In Death” series
    Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series
    I also second Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series
    Kahlen Amnell- Terry Goodkind’s “Sword Of Truth” series
    Jamie Kinkaid- Julie Garwood’s “The Bride”
    Sasha DeStephano- Kaye Chambers “Tiger By The Tail”
    Kaderin “the cold hearted”- Kresley Cole “No Rest For The Wicked”
    Mariketa “the awaited”- Kresley Cole “Wicked Deeds On A Winter’s Night”
    Mia Devlin- Nora Roberts “Three Sisters Island” trilogy

    Yeah…I love my strong heroines. 🙂


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