Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Those Tough Lit Chicks

I can’t resist those tough chicks of our favorite classic lit reads.

What are the qualifications for a tough chick of lit? Well, how about capable, quick of wit, common sense, a set of skills, determination, fudging the lines of feminine acceptability for the time period, and not necessarily physically a beauty contestant in looks but going for lots of personality?

Here is a grocery list of chicks of lit likables: (all images from GoodReads)

Pippi Longstocking

Scout Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird

Jo March

Little Women

Laura Ingalls

Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Elizabeth Bennett

Pride and Prejudice

Janie Crawford

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Kate

Much Ado About NothingThe Taming of the Shrew

Lucy Honeychurch

A Room with a View / Howards End

Thursday Next

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)

Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Mick Kelly

Francie Nolan

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

That’s just a start. I’m working on round two. Any nominations? Who is on your list for literature’s tough chicks?

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18 thoughts on “Those Tough Lit Chicks

  1. ‘Tough Lit Chicks’ – love it!

  2. Great list! “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was an unexpected surprise when I picked it up a couple of years ago. It now ranks as one of my all time favorite novels.

    How can one not love Francie?

  3. I nominate Eponine from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables; I recently finished reading the unabridged version of the book and Eponine ended up being one of my favorite characters b/c of her spunky and resilient spirit.

  4. Pippi Longstocking rocks!

  5. May I also suggest Lisbeth Salander of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The ultimate tough lit chick, flawed but loyal when it counts.

  6. I’m reading Les Liasons Dangereuses and I believe the Marquise de Merteuil is one tough mudder. Granted, she was all about revenge and jealousy, but I won’t hold it against her.

    • Not familiar with this one–French?

      • I’m sure you’re familiar — the English translation is Dangerous Liaisons. I’m reading the English version, but the title on the book remained French. Odd, huh? Anyway, did you see the movie with John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer.

      • I’ve heard ot this movie, but haven’t seen it. Malkovich creepy as usual in this one? He was a major creeper in Portrait of a Lady.

      • I didn’t see Portrait of a Lady, but I thought Malkovich was great in Dangerous Liaisons. Glenn Close played the Marquise de Meteuil, and she was awesome!

      • Glenn Close is a fave, for sure. Remember her as Cruella de Ville? I adore how she can play a diversity of roles. She’s right up there with Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep. I hope they all do a movie together someday. What a kicker that would be!

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