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15 Female Literary Characters We’re Crushing On

What’s better than a book character you love? A character you’re in love with. There are so many strong, fascinating leading ladies in literature that capture our heart, but we hope the girls listed below ask us to dance.

  1. Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture
    1

    Mathilde

    While she can be cold and cunning, we can’t help but admire Mathilde’s intelligence, drive and sophistication.

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  2. Americanah Book Cover Picture
    2

    Ifemelu

    We’re well aware she’s in love with Obinze. But Ifemelu is brilliant and awesome, so we love her too.

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  3. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark Book Cover Picture
    3

    Sophie Stark

    Sophie breaks hearts but she the ultimate girl crush: stunning, intelligent, and elusive.

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  4. Little Women Book Cover Picture
    4

    Jo March

    Jo is an independent tomboy with a deep love for her family and, hopefully, us.

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  5. A Dance with Dragons Book Cover Picture
    5

    Daenerys Targaryen

    Dany is a fierce and beautiful Queen who rules the world and our hearts. Do you think she’d Netflix and chill with us?

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  6. Jane Eyre Book Cover Picture
    6

    Jane Eyre

    Who wouldn’t love someone as courageous and passionate as Jane Eyre?

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  7. Origin Book Cover Picture
    7

    Pia

    Pia’s entire existence is more fascinating than our love for her–well, almost.

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  8. Outlander Book Cover Picture
    8

    Claire

    We hope nurse Claire time-travels to present day and heals our broken hearts.

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  9. The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture
    9

    Arwen

    Who’s Aragorn? The beautiful and noble Arwen is going to the Sadie Hawkins Dance with us.

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  10. Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture
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    Anna Karenina

    Anna is the perfect, popular girl in school until we find out she’s just as sinful as the rest of us–which makes her even cooler.

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  11. Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    11

    Harriet M. Welsch

    We just adore Harriet and her curious, passionate, truth-telling ways.

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  12. The Girl in the Spider's Web Book Cover Picture
    12

    Lisbeth Salander

    Lisbeth is a smart, cool, kickass woman and we can’t stop thinking about her.

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  13. The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
    13

    Esperanza

    Esperanza’s ambition and observational nature is both touching and enamoring.

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  14. Breakfast at Tiffany's & Other Voices, Other Rooms Book Cover Picture
    14

    Holly Golightly

    We’d take the fabulous and fun Holly Golightly to Tiffany’s and spoil her anytime she wants.

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  15. Carrie Book Cover Picture
    15

    Carrie

    OK, she has issues, but we love her ability to fight for herself.

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