Thursday, August 18, 2011

Queens of Literature (3)

 In today's society, it is nearly impossible for teens to find a role model among the emaciated models and unrealistic characters of reality television shows and movies. Fortunately, authors of the twenty-first century are conjuring up female characters worthy of discussion and admiration. I've decided to highlight one of these characters every week in my newest meme, Queens of Literature. Each post will focus on a fictional heroine from a book I have read who possesses the qualities of a truly incredible woman.

This week's Queen is...

From The Host by Stephenie Meyer

What Makes Melanie a Queen: 

Melanie is truly an incredible character. Her personality consists of pure fire and a fierce loyalty to those she loves. No matter the danger her world faces, Melanie puts her life on the line to protect her friends and family. Self-sacrifice is no stranger to this Queen. Determined to guard her secrets from the enemy, Melanie would cross deadly deserts and hostile camps, risking her life. Her temper and volatile emotions bring out these strengths, along with the weaknesses she battles throughout the novel. Melanie Stryder is one of the most passionate Queens out there.

Quotes from Melanie: 

‎"'You can't know how much time we'll have. You don't know if we should be counting in months or days or hours.'"
"'Listen up, Wanda. I know exactly what you don’t want to be. But we’re human, and we’re selfish, and we don’t always do the right thing. We aren’t going to let you go. Deal with it.'"
“I am so hungry. There is another need that is stronger- another hungry stomach hidden safely far away in the darkness, waiting alone in the rough cave that is our temporary home. A cramped place, jagged with volcanic rock. What will he do if I don't come back? All the pressure of motherhood with none of the knowledge or experience. I feel so hideously helpless. Jamie is hungry."
"'Do it,' I spit through my teeth. 'Just do it. I don't want to be a fifthly parasite!'
I wait for the knife. My heart is aching. "

1 comment:

We Heart YA said...

YES. Melanie is AMAZING. But don't you think Wanda is too?? Gah we can't wait for this movie...