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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.

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

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

    Americanah Book Cover Picture
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    Sophie Stark

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

    The Life and Death of Sophie Stark Book Cover Picture
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    Jo March

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

    Little Women Book Cover Picture
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    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?

    A Dance with Dragons (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five Book Cover Picture
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    Jane Eyre

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

    Jane Eyre Book Cover Picture
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    Pia’s entire existence is more fascinating than our love for her–well, almost.

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

    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
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    Who’s Aragorn? The beautiful and noble Arwen is going to the Sadie Hawkins Dance with us.

    The Fellowship of the Ring 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.

    Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture
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    Harriet M. Welsch

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

    Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
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    Lisbeth Salander

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

    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
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    Esperanza’s ambition and observational nature is both touching and enamoring.

    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
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    Holly Golightly

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

    Breakfast at Tiffany's & Other Voices, Other Rooms Book Cover Picture
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    OK, she has issues, but we love her ability to fight for herself.

    Carrie Book Cover Picture

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