Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them.” I had so many ideas for this week’s list, but decided I’d like to highlight a few books that I wish had more relevant female characters in them. Often times I’ll pick up a book and the only relevant female character will be the lead and it just makes me wonder why the author couldn’t take the time to develop other female characters. Worse still is when these other female characters become expendable. It’s a trope that I really grow tired of and I’d love to start seeing more books where there is more than one important female character. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I love Hermione. I think she’s all kinds of amazing, but I do wish that more female characters in this series were more relevant. Ginny Weasley is a force to be reckoned with, but at times you really have to read between the lines to discover everything that she was and she really deserved a more prominent role in the series.
2. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski – I had so many high hopes for Kestrel and her best friend Jess. I hoped she would have a bigger role in the second book and when that didn’t happen, I hoped Risha would be a more significant player. I love this series, but it really missed the mark with the other female characters besides Kestrel.
3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – I love my Raven boys. I really, really do. And I love Blue’s family, all those women living in one house, but I kind of wish Blue had developed an important female friendship with…well, there’s literally no other female in the series who is Blue’s age. Orla is family so she doesn’t count in my mind.
4. Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab – I love the trio in this series. Kell, Lila, Rhy are all amazing, but it would be really nice to get some other awesome female characters in on the action besides Lila. The second book had me wondering where all the gals were. I actually missed Astrid Dane.
5. The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson – Another series that I’ve really enjoyed, but would like a lot more if the protagonist wasn’t the only significant female character.
6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – It’s been a long while since I pick up this first book and I haven’t gotten around to finishing the series, but the female protagonist and her two male love interests are the only characters I can recall. I hope Lia gained a female ally or two in the next two books.
7. Graceling Realms series by Kristin Cashore – I think this series may have been the first fantasy YA one I ever read. I really enjoyed all three books that focused on a different female protagonist, but looking back, I think I would have liked for them to have featured more than one important female character.
8. The Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May – I think this series is seriously underrated. It does follow the trope that the protagonist is a special snowflake and I know that can be a frustrating trope, but what loses points for me more is that Aileana is the only female around that gets to fight (aside from the villains).
9. One the Fence by Kasie West – This is my favorite Kasie West novel. I loved Charlie’s relationship with her brothers, but one of the things that really bugged me was that the protagonist had this very rigid view of femininity. She couldn’t reconcile being a girl who played sports with one who may also like things like makeup. This could have easily been solved if more female characters were in this book because no one will ever convince me that this girl lived in a world where there were no girls who loved both sports and dressing up.
10. The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey – I loved Cassie in the first book. I loved her voice and determination. The second book really let me down because when we got to see Cassie interact with another female character, it went the stereotypical way and they hated each other for no good reason. Perhaps if more relevant females were around, the author wouldn’t have found the need to pit these two against each other.
What’s one book or series that you think should have more relevant female characters? Why do you think so many authors only seem to focus on one female character? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.
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