Welcome to my third appreciative post about the fictional women I adore. This idea was brought to me by Bookish girl and I’m loving talking about my favorite women in fiction, so again, thank you! You can find more details about my reasons to start this meme on this post.
Anyway, my goal is to bring women – including trans women, of course – to the lights every week. But without waiting more, here’s my choice for this week!
Lila is one of the main characters from The Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, and if you haven’t met her yet, you should. Plus you’ll get to discover amazing books written in a glorious prose with a splendid world and characters’ dynamics that are just perfection. So.
Ah, Lila… I know many people don’t like her because she’s “selfish” and “reckless” and “power hungry” and I’m sorry but when are we going to STOP doing this to women leads because I mean… Men characters are praised for that shit??? So? I think that’s one of the main reason of my love for her. She’s challenging. She takes what she needs and doesn’t apologize for it.
I am Delilah Bard, she thought, as the ropes cut into her skin. I am a thief and a pirate and a traveler. I have set foot in three different worlds, and lived. I have shed the blood of royals and held magic in my hands.
Moreover – and that’s so so rare – she doesn’t need any external reason, really. For once we get a female lead who isn’t kick-ass solely for the sake of her family. Remember my complaints about Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses? I expressed how tired I was of the beloved pattern implying that the only reason women fought was for their families, as if women couldn’t, for the life of them, be badass for the thrill of it. Lila made a liar out of me. Thank you, Lila. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against standing up for those we love, obviously. Yet I am ecstatic that we get to meet women leads who challenge this.
“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
Lila, the fierce and driven thief who wants everything life can give her – and more. From her mind full of mischief to her ability to defend herself and to fight for what she wants, it was a true delight to follow her in her adventures.
I can’t recommend these books enough. Go read them, for crying out loud!
That’s it for today! Feel free to link your posts about your favorite women leads in the comments, I’ll gladly add them here!