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Top Ten Books Where the Heroine Saves the World/Love Interest
I recently read Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle, because I thought the idea that Snow White saved Sleeping Beauty was awesome. We need more heroines that don't act like princesses waiting to get saved (kissed). Then I started thinking about other books where the heroine saved the guy or girl love interest and I had a hard time coming up with more than a handful. I know a LOT of strong heroines in literature, but I think that at one point or other most of them had a man come in and save them. Even my beloved Kate Daniels has had Curran save her. So, I had to change this from saved the guy/girl to saved the world/guy/girl. If you can think of any other books that the heroine saves the love interest, please tell me, because I need to read them! (Note: I didn't include the big names like Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce).
1. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Aside from being a really cool book where the Queen Snow White saves the girl (sadly, this isn't a GLBT book, though), this is one of the most gorgeously illustrated books I have ever seen. It's hard to tell in the cover, but the whole book is in black and white with gold accents. Even though I already own the U.S. version of Fortunately, the Milk, I want to order the UK version as well because Chris Riddell illustrates it. I have problems, I know.
2. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
Po was a partner to Katsa throughout their journey, and Katsa had friends that her helped through the council, but in the end, she was the real savior of the world. This is also true of Cashore's other heroines of the series, Fire and Bitterblue.
3. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Katniss saves her sister from the games, and she saves Peeta and many other people during the course of the three books.
4. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Snow/Essie was one of the coolest heroines I've read about in a long time. She was a cage-fighting, code writing princess. She also saves several people during the book, and although she accepts help from Dane, he never has to save her.
5. Mystic and Rider (Twelve Houses #1) by Sharon Shinn
Senneth has a group traveling with her for her mission, but a lot of times she is the reason that the group escapes relatively unscathed. She is also the clear leader of their group.
6. Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop
The world of The Black Jewels has a matriarchal society and women are generally more powerful. Plus, the whole premise is based upon the protagonist being the most powerful Witch and Queen coming to the world and restoring the world to goodness and rainbows. Sarcasm aside, the books are really good dark fantasy with really strong female characters.
7. Sabriel (Sabriel #1) by Garth Nix
Although Sabriel has help along the way on her quest to save her father in the form of a possibly-evil talking cat, and there's a love interest, too, Sabriel's intelligence and determination really save the day.
8. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Rose saves a lot of people over the course of the series, including the love interest, Dimitri. In the spin-off series, Bloodlines, Sydney is equally, if not more so, self-sufficient and take charge.
9. Captain Marvel (Marvel Now) by Kelly Sue DeConnick
In the Marvel Now series by DeConnick, there really isn't even a love interest, which I like (there are a few cameos from former love interests, but nothing that distracts from Captain Marvel's story). And, although Captain Marvel gets help from a lot of the Avengers and some Guardians of the Galaxy, she mostly saves the world on her own or with the help of even more female friends such as Spider-Woman.
10. Marvel's Agent Carter
Speaking of Marvel's leading ladies, I loved the Agent Carter premiere. (I know. I'm cheating, but this was one of the inspirations for today's post.) Peggy is really showing up those chauvinistic idiots that she's not just their secretary. I really wish this was going to be more than one season long.