Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrating Literary Heroines for Mother’s Day



Who are your favorite literary heroines?  We posed this same question earlier this week on Facebook and Twitter and got some great responses. From classic characters like Elizabeth Bennet (even in her incarnation in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"!) to adventurous protagonists Katniss Everdeen and Lisbeth Salander  and even modern day park ranger/detective Anna Pigeon, we loved hearing about your favorite strong female characters.


To celebrate Mother's Day on May 12th, we want to highlight some of our favorite literary heroines – mothers! While the orphaned main character and the evil stepmother are popular storytelling devices, there are also some pretty cool fictional moms out there. Here are just a few examples:


Margaret 'Marmee' March, "Little Women"

Mother to: Jo, Amy, Meg and Beth


Mrs. March loves and cares for her daughters, especially during the most difficult times like Beth's illness. Gracious, charitable and calmly running a house of four teenage daughters – way to go, Marmee!


Catelyn Stark, "A Game of Thrones"

Mother to: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon


As others have said, "being a mother is what [Catelyn Stark] does best." While she's not a saintly do-gooder like Marmee March, Mrs. Stark fights hard for her children.


Hester Prynne, "The Scarlet Letter"

Mother to: Pearl


While her daughter was born into shame, Hester supports herself and Pearl and stands strong, even while being persecuted. Her actions lead the community to eventually grow to respect her and begin to look past her adulteress history, which could easily turn that scarlet "A" into standing for 'Awesome'.


Molly Weasley, "Harry Potter" series

Mother to: Ron, Ginny, George, Fred, Charlie, Bill and Percy


When Harry Potter befriends Ron Weasley, he gains not only a new friend but a second family. With his own parents deceased, Harry is welcomed into the Weasley clan.  From knitting him a sweater so he has presents at Christmas, to eventually (spoiler alert) becoming his mother-in-law when he marries Ginny, Mrs. Weasley is a loving mother figure to everyone's favorite boy wizard.


You can find these leading ladies in eBooks and audiobooks available in Content Reserve. Chime in with your top literary moms in the comments. Happy Mother's Day, everyone!


Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.