5 Strong Female Protagonists | Book Club Tuesday

Hey Guys,

Today is a great day for females, as it is International Women’s Day. Let’s hear it for women everywhere, from all corners of the Earth, this day is ours! Go on, treat yourself!

To celebrate, I thought I would share with you 5 female protagonists from books, that are strong and manage to empower women. They show us that we can do absolutely anything, even if it seems impossible to begin with. Men are not the only people who can make a difference, and here are the females that prove that:

Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault In Our Stars)

This girl here has Thyroid Cancer, and although she can talk about it in a defeatist way, she still manages to come back and fight, not just for herself but for others. She gives up her time for Augustus and helps Isaac in his time of need. How awesome is that?

Tris Prior (Divergent Trilogy)

Tris is Divergent, meaning she falls under every Faction possible, making people think she is somewhat dangerous or not like them. Although at first this may begin as a hindrance, Tris soon finds a way to use it to her advantage, and overcome certain social conventions.

Sephy (Noughts and Crosses)

You all know the story of the Civil Rights Movement right? Well Noughts and Crosses shows it the other way round. Sephy is a Cross, a girl of the ‘superior’ race, who falls for her best friend, Callum, a Nought, a boy of the ‘inferior’ race. This Romeo and Juliet styled love story, shows that colour has nothing to do with who a person is, and Sephy is right! You go girl! You fight those stereotypes.

Anna (Crush)

Anna is a 14 year old girl who gets involved with a guy called Will, who at first seems to truly care, but looks can be deceiving. He soon becomes abusive, and Anna is too caught up in the relationship that she can’t see it for herself. This book shows us another side to love, and that it may be difficult, but we can get out of these toxic relationships, and come out the other side stronger and much wiser.

Mia (If I Stay)

Mia is a young girl of musical talent, who along with her parents and brother, get caught in an accident which leaves her needing to make a huge decision, to fight or let go.

Who Are Your Favourite Female Protagonists?

Lonely Girl x


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Insurgent Review | Movie Monday

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I really loved Divergent, it was a fun filled adventure which was filled to the brim with suspense and action. It was a brilliant adaption of the novel by Veronica Roth, and now we have Insurgent, the 2nd installment of this trilogy.

How did it compare?

Insurgent takes place just a few days after the ending sequence of Divergent finishes, and Dauntless members, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are still on the run from Erudite leader, Jeanine (Kate Winslet) by keeping refuge within Amity.

When their cover is finally blown, they find themselves in the hands of the Factionless, which we find Four has a connection to, due to their leader also being his mother.

Tris is then taken and used by Jeanine to open a box which is said contain an important message, but which is unknown to everyone else. The message can only be revealed by someone who is Divergent, such as Tris.

Apart from the Action/Adventure angle the movie is known for, there is also a romantic side which plays an integral role in the story line.

We see Tris and Fours relationship develop even further than when we last saw them in the previous movie. Their chemistry is practically perfect, both on screen, and also as themselves off screen. They just seem to really fit.

We also see how Tris and Caleb’s (Ansel Elgort) relationship as well as their bond changes, compared to that of the last film. In the previous movie, we see how close they were, and although Caleb strays for a while, he returns to his sisters side at battle. However, in this installment of the trilogy, we see him do the complete opposite, and leave her when she needs him the most.

This really annoyed me, because I love Ansel Elgort. I seriously loved him. I will always remember him as Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars from now on, although I personally prefer Four and Tris together, rather than Augustus and Hazel.

I wonder who Shailene Woodley preferred?

I am clearly going off track here!

This movie really reminded me how much the character of Peter (Miles Teller) aggravated me. He really made me want to rip my hair out on so many occasions. Towards the end however, he does redeem himself a little, and I mean only a little. I still didn’t particularly like him, even when he did try and help.

He was arrogant, and so full of himself. How can people like his character? Sure he helped but I can’t see me liking him in the next film, but maybe I will. I don’t know!

Thanks to Insurgent, I now hate Caleb almost as much as I do for Peter. Who’s next? Four? Obviously not, but I am just saying.

The ending to me seemed too similar to the ending of another movie. I am of course referring to The Maze Runner, which I also loved, but due to seeing the same thing before, all of the excitement I should have had, was already gone. I was  seriously disappointed. I loved the first movie for its originality, especially with the way in which certain elements were filmed, and now look, it’s like looking in a movie mirror.

Insurgent was no doubt a good addition to the trilogy, but failed to capture the same standard as the very first movie, Divergent. Oh well!

Have you seen Insurgent? Did you enjoy it?

Lonely Girl x