The only spoilers in this post are already told in the blurb of the first book.
Hello Michelle here! This time we’re talking about female protagonists. As Hermione was immediately snagged away, and I had already talked about Joss Whedon last time (thus fangirled about Buffy), I decided to go with a relatively new favourite of mine: Celaena Sardothien. If you don’t know who she is, she is the protagonist of the amazing Throne of Glass series and if you haven’t read it yet, go read it right now! No, scratch that: read this post first.
The reason Celaena is so amazing, is because she is human. She isn’t just a tough, bad-ass assassin (which she is), she has her moments where she breaks down (and she breaks down badly), where she cries and lets out all of her frustrations, anger and grief. She likes frilly dresses and cute animals and reading. She wants to look good. She is relatable and realistic (when I say relatable I’m not talking about the assassin part. Don’t worry guys, I’m not an assassin, promise) and she grows stronger through each book. This doesn’t mean that she no longer shows any weaknesses. She still does. Because she is not a killing machine -even though I’m sure her mentor would have loved her to be – she is just a girl. A girl who wants to live.
I think Celaena is a great role model for teenage girls and women all over the world (also for younger girls, but since the books are not suited for a young age…). Nowadays people often feel like strong woman characters are supposed to be literally strong. They’re not supposed to be rescued by men, they can’t show their feelings. Wearing dresses? Caring about your appearance? Liking pretty things? While you’re an assassin? Celaena proves these people wrong. You can kick ass and still look good. You can be a girl/woman and a killer. While still wearing gorgeous dresses (I WANT HER DRESSES GUYS. Okay, so I have no occasion to wear dresses like that, but one day when I’m a famous author going to the premiere of my book turned into a film I can wear her dresses! A girl can dream right?).
So, have you read Throne of Glass? Do you love Celaena as much as I do and do you agree with me that she is awesome and a great role model? Let me know in the comments!