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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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    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture
    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture

    Mathilde

    by Lauren Groff

    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
    Fates and Furies Book Cover Picture

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    Americanah Book Cover Picture
    Americanah Book Cover Picture

    Ifemelu

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    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
    Americanah Book Cover Picture

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

    Sophie Stark

    by Anna North

    Sophie breaks hearts but she the ultimate girl crush: stunning, intelligent, and elusive.
    The Life and Death of Sophie Stark Book Cover Picture
    The Life and Death of Sophie Stark Book Cover Picture

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    Little Women Book Cover Picture
    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Jo March

    by Louisa May Alcott

    Jo is an independent tomboy with a deep love for her family and, hopefully, us.
    Little Women Book Cover Picture
    Little Women Book Cover Picture

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

    Daenerys Targaryen

    by George R. R. Martin

    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
    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 Book Cover Picture
    Jane Eyre Book Cover Picture

    Jane Eyre

    by Charlotte Bronte

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

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    Origin Book Cover Picture
    Origin Book Cover Picture

    Pia

    by Jessica Khoury

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

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    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Claire

    by Diana Gabaldon

    We hope nurse Claire time-travels to present day and heals our broken hearts.
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

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    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture
    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture

    Arwen

    by J.R.R. Tolkien

    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
    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture

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    Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture
    Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture

    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

    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
    Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture

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

    Harriet M. Welsch

    by Louise Fitzhugh

    We just adore Harriet and her curious, passionate, truth-telling ways.
    Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

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    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Lisbeth Salander

    by David Lagercrantz

    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
    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

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    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

    Esperanza

    by Sandra Cisneros

    Esperanza’s ambition and observational nature is both touching and enamoring.
    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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

    Holly Golightly

    by Truman Capote

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

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    Carrie Book Cover Picture
    Carrie Book Cover Picture

    Carrie

    by Stephen King

    OK, she has issues, but we love her ability to fight for herself.
    Carrie Book Cover Picture
    Carrie Book Cover Picture

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