Strange Chemistry is the new YA imprint for Angry Robot, and this morning they asked:
Who do you think is the strongest female protagonist in YA fiction and why?
I thought it would be fun to respond to this, and to ask for your opinions, as well.
I have to say the strongest female protagonist in YA fiction has to be Katniss from The Hunger Games. After reading the books, what stuck with me is Katniss’ love and determination to protect her younger sister, Prim. Regardless of the cost. She was willing to sacrifice herself to keep Prim safe, and to me, that is truly strong and heroic behavior. Katniss knows that she is walking into a nightmare when she volunteers to take Prim’ place in the Games, but she doesn’t hesitate to do it. Once she made her choice, she tapped into a strength of character and bravery that she didn’t know she possessed. I wanted her to succeed so badly, because she was doing everything for all of the right reasons. She loved Prim, and she would do anything for her. That’s what being a hero is all about – putting yourself in harm’s way to protect those you love.
Who is your choice for the strongest female protagonist in YA fiction? What do you think makes a strong protagonist?