More than an eligible princess

I love reading fantasy novels that feature strong female characters. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is a serious bias towards male characters in fantasy, not that I have anything against the brave, heroic, princes and knights, but I like to see a girl who does something more than serve as the damsel/object of desire. Last summer, I posted a request for recommendations on Yahoo!Answers and I was introduced to the novels of Patricia C. Wrede, which feature some of the best “girls who do things” in fantasy.

This week, I found copies of Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles in a used bookstore and they’re wonderful! I couldn’t put Dealing with Dragons down and Searching for Dragons is just as engaging. I’ll write up a proper post on the series when I’m done, but I think Dragons has definitely earned its place on my shelf (a coveted spot indeed, as I’ve been shelf-cleaning)

3 thoughts on “More than an eligible princess

    • And Cimorene is definitely a well-rounded heroine! It’s the sort of series I wish more girls would read; there’s a clear but very approachable feminist message throughout the books – you can be a princess and wield a sword, and no one can tell you otherwise.

  1. I was big on reading books with strong girls- the sort who get out and *do* things instead of sitting around and watching things happen. Between Patricia C Wrede, Tamora Pierce, and Robin McKinley, I found myself surrounded by strong female protagonists.

    Maybe that’s part of why I became thg girl who wasn’t afraid to get out and get dirty and do what I wanted…

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