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This week’s theme is a genre freebie, so I’ve decided to focus on a genre I’ve been slowly but surely getting more and more into: horror. I had a look through some of the horror books I’ve read and some of the horror films and shows I’ve watched and picked my ten favourite heroines!
Evie O’Neill from The Diviners by Libba Bray: I don’t know about the rest of the series, but The Diviners is definitely a book that fits into the horror genre as well as historical fiction and fantasy. It’s not scary, but it’s certainly spooky and I love Evie a lot. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she’s ultimately good at her core and I have a real soft spot for her.
Atl from Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Atl is another disaster child – more of an anti-heroine, in many ways – but you can’t help rooting for her.
Georgia Mason from Feed by Mira Grant: Oh Georgia, will I ever love a sci-fi/horror heroine as much as I love you? Georgia is a journalist and blogger who believes in the truth, however ugly it is, with her whole heart, and I love how much she loves her work. I adore Georgia, and I’m still not over this book.
Vic McQueen from NOS4R2 by Joe Hill: Vic is such a mess, and I love her. She’s a true survivor who understands what it means to have to survive each day at a time, and she doesn’t give up.
Jane McKeene from Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: Jane is such a fun heroine to follow. I love her attitude and her sense of humour, and I love how much of an unreliable narrator she is.
Beverly Marsh from IT: Chapter One
I haven’t read IT and I have no interest in reading it so I can’t comment on Beverly in the books, but Beverly in this film is wonderful. She’s brave and tough without losing any of her femininity, and I love how loyal she is.
Seo-bi from Kingdom
One of the main reasons Seo-bi is on this list is for her expressions. Whenever she’s dealing with idiots (which, unfortunately, is often) her face is a picture and I love her. She’s also incredibly compassionate and brave, and when something needs to be done she’s the first to volunteer – no matter how dangerous the situation might be.
Adelaide Wilson from Us
I loved this film and Lupita Nyong’o was amazing throughout it. Adelaide is fiercely protective of her children, and she’s not afraid to do pretty much anything to keep her family safe.
Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs
I have read The Silence of the Lambs, but I much prefer the film and Jodie Foster’s portrayal of Clarice is iconic. More than anything, Clarice wants justice to be served and she lets a cannibalistic serial killer into her inner thoughts if it means she can solve a case. That’s dedication.
Ellen Ripley from Alien
If you look up ‘badass’ in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Ripley. This woman is determined not to be alien chow, and if I was ever stranded in space I’d want Ripley there with me.