Over the past decade, Western society has made enormous strides towards gender equality. However, we all know that the media and other aspects of our world occasionally fail to portray women in the best light. Video games, movies, and even books sometimes portray as weak-willed and second rate.
Fortunately, many authors of the twenty-first century are conjuring up female characters worthy of discussion and admiration. I've decided to highlight some of these characters with this 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.
(amazing artistic rendering created by the talented Merwild on Deviantart)
Feyre (A Court of Mist and Fury)
A human dragged into the world of faeries. Cursebreaker, fighter, and kindhearted.
Who is she?
Feyre, the heroine of Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series, is human who is brought to the realm of Fae in order to serve a punishment. She's iron-willed but somewhat broken, and as the series progresses, readers witness her transformation into a stunningly fierce warrior and friend. She learns to harness what power she has and it to use it to defend what good is left in her divided world.
Why is she a queen?
Feyre would strike anyone as royalty as soon as they learn about her. Her sense of honor and loyalty, as well as her desire to protect those around her, marks her as a queen. She is also strong on her own: she doesn't wish to be locked up or defended by men. She trains to protect herself and always makes her own choices.
A quote from Karou:
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.” (A Court of Mist and Fury)