Favourite YA Female Book Characters

Hey Guys,

Today I’m coming at you with my Five Favourite Female characters and the books which they are from. This post is inspired by Melissa @booknerdmomo who did a Five Recommendations Based on my Favorite Female Characters so be sure to check out her blog and her recommendations. She was very kind to give me permission to do the post on my blog too.

I’ve got to put out how weird it is to include the two spellings of Favourite/Favorite in that opening paragraph, in the UK we spell it Favourite and I’m guessing in the US it’s Favorite. Weird right?

I really wanted to do this because of course it’s recently just been International Womens Day and I love celebrating women of course but also I love seeing strong female characters and seeing which other characters other readers choose. Each of these women have touched my life in some way, I adored reading the books they are from but these characters have stuck with me and will stick with me forever. There are lessons to be learnt from the characters within our favourite books, whether it is to be never to give up, just stay strong or be yourself. We can find great comfort in the worlds they live and the words they present to us.

Without further ado here are my chosen five favourite female characters…

Hermione Granger
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling


Hermione Granger was of course going to be at top of my list.
I adore Hermione’s character, her and Ron’s relationship is my biggest OTP and one of the first thing I loved in both the movies and books. However it isn’t the romance element that makes me love Hermione, its her determination and her knowledge. She is so strong and so smart. She makes me want to strive to do my very best in everything I do academically and she helps me dream. Hermione is such a strong woman, I love the journey she goes on throughout the book series. From a girl bullied and crying in the toilets, to punching Draco (one of my favourite memories) and helping defeat Voldemort.

I chose to use a picture of Emma Watson for this because for me she is and always be my perfect Hermione.

The Brightest Witch Of Our Time

Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins


Similarly to Hermione, I chose a picture of Jennifer Lawrence because she was a perfect Katniss for me. I think the movies truly did the books justice.
As you may know I’m actually doing my Dissertation on Heroines in YA Dystopian Fiction and of course Katniss Everdeen is one of the three I am discussing. I truly find her a fascinating and inspirational character. She sacrifices her life in exchange for her sister, she performs numerous acts of rebelling from giving Rue a funeral and surrounding her in flowers to being the physical embodiment of the whole rebellion.
For me Katniss was the first Heroine I came across who was a kick ass woman out to survive and ultimately change her life. Up until I read The Hunger Games, I had read books like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Katniss Everdeen transformed my reading.

Luna Lovegood
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

luna lovegood

This may surprise you but Luna Lovegood is actually a late comer to this post, I liked her in the movies but now that I have finished Half Blood Prince (still waiting to read Deathly Hallows) I love her. She definitely has a bigger role in the book, she is so funny, caring and sweet. I love how she brushes off when people call her Looney and when they hide her belongings, instead she carries on with her own day.
Of course the actress who also plays Luna Lovegood in the movies; Evanna Lynch is herself so inspirational, having overcome her battle with Anorexia to become this role. Just thinking of her makes me remember never to give up and no matter what your dreams can come true. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses + A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MAAS

(Artwork is not mine- All rights to Owner)

Firstly I have to say the owner of the artwork I have used has drawn Rhys and Feyre exactly as I pictured them. Feyre is a character mentioned on Melissa’s list and she quite rightly puts that she doesn’t want to write too much so she doesn’t spoil the books for anyone so I am going to listen to her words of wisdom and just say this… Feyre is a character who truly goes on a journey in the first two books, her life changes remarkbly, she defeats evil and becomes stronger. Her determination is something that is inspiring. 

Inej and Nina
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

(Artwork is not mine – All rights to the owner)

So with these 2 that makes it secretly 6… but I class these as a pair for some reason. I think they just deserve to be next to each other. Inej and Nina are characters in a book unlike anything I have read before and they truly stand out on their own. They are both strong characters, their wit and stories are fascinating and I put them together because of course they are a team. If you are looking for a book with 2 Kick ass women in, outlaws of sorts on a mission. 2 women who are strong and have amazing abilities and are diverse then definitely check out Six of Crows. You won’t be sorry I promise.

Special Recognition

Mrs. Weasley
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

mrs weasley

I mean can there  really be a list for Favourite Female Book Characters without this one gracing it’s presence? I think Mrs. Weasley is the wizarding mum we all would love to have. Her love is unconditional.  I adore the movies when she pops up in a scene and the books where she makes appearances, she is so strong and the way in which she takes in Harry and loves him like her own is so beautiful. I think my favourite line has to be…


Its so unlike Molly. But she is pushed to breaking point. A strong woman we can all learn so much from in reality.


So there we have my top 5 fictional female characters, I adore each of these women. Be sure to check out Melissa’s blog to find out the women she chose and let me know what your choices would be in the comments below! 



8 thoughts on “Favourite YA Female Book Characters

  1. First, I love that picture you found for Feyre and Rhys! That’s exactly how I picture them too. Though I picture Rhys a little more tan that’s exactly how I thought his face and hair would look. Anyway! I’m so glad you ended up doing this post. I love that featured Hermione and Luna, both are definitely two of my favorite female characters as well. Luna is actually my favorite in the Harry Potter series for the fact that she never lets anyone else’s opinion stop her from being herself. Also, Katniss is an incredible character as well! She was probably one of the first kickass female characters I read about in a book too. Great post!! 😊💕

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    1. Thank you again for letting me doing this after your post Melissa! Up until I finally started Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows I have to be honest I was a bit like how is Luna people’s favourite because I was going off the movies and though I liked her I never felt like I connected with her but after Half Blood Prince I love her so much. I wish she featured in the movies more now, I can’t wait to see what she gets up to Deathly Hallows which may be different. Thank you for reading lovely ❤

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  2. I LOVE Hermione, and her and Ron are like my ultimate otp just as well!! ❤ ❤ I agree with you that she makes me want to dream big and fight. Also, Luna is such a fun character, I love how…weird she is ahah. She's so inspiring. Lovely post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Marie! It’s one of those OTP that I never get bored of reading about. I could start Philopshers stone and feel as giddy at them showing any emotion to each other like I first did when I first read it. I definitely can’t wait to read Deathly hallows to see if Luna is featured more in their!x

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  3. Hermione and Luna are forever two of my favourites ♥ I see myself in both of them so much. Having a character like Hermione in my life when I was young was so good. It was like “yes the girl who reads book and listens to the rules CAN BE A HERO TOO” and it was so good to see. Luna also really helped me embrace my weird-ness, haha. Inej and Nina are definitely new favourites of mine too. They’re so incredible and I ADORE their friendship.

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    1. Yes! I wish I had actually read Harry Potter growing up. I think as characters they would of really helped me 🙂 I love that you find connections with Luna and Hermione because I do as well. Inej and Nina are so good. Have you read Crooked Kingdom yet? I haven’t. I’m scared!


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