This week's question is a tough one for me as I have a few favourite female lead characters in mind. Most of the times, the 'heroine' strikes me as a strong, confident woman who's not afraid of showing her true self and one who's not afraid to speak up and fend for herself. Such heroine can often be found in genres like paranormal, romance suspense or thrillers. Some of my favourites are Anita Blake in Laurell K Hamilton's series and Rachel Morgan in Kim Harrison's series (just to name a few).
However, such heroines can also be found in our everyday life and they might not have the ability to handle weapons or kick some butts. Anna Fitzgerald in My Sister's Keeper (written by Jodi Picoult) is the first to pop into my mind. You see, thirteen-year-old Anna has to make a hard decision whether or not to continue to undergo surgeries and transfusions to her older sister who has leukemia as she thinks she is entitled to her own rights. I really sympathize her situation, and I have to marvel at her braveness given her age. Needless to say, this book is a keeper.
And then, there's Tamila Soroush in Veil of Roses (written by Laura Fitzgerald) which I'm currently reading. Being an Iranian woman, Tamila's movement is often restricted. So one day, her parents give her a ticket to America, hoping she will find a husband there and not to return to Iran if she's successful. Although I have yet to finish the book, I already admire her determination and courage of finding her happiness and freedom. It is scary to be in a foreign country where she know nothing of their culture, but she is fortunate that her older sister is living there although she insists in taking things into her own hands. I hope she will find her happiness...we shall see.
I am sure there are a few other heroines who had left a deep impression but my mind is blank at the moment, so I think these answers will have to do.