Kick Ass Heroines: Part #3

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, on Amazon and the Nook

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, on Amazon and the Nook

Wednesdays I devote the blog conversation to what I love about my genre, fantasy, and what I think y’all love about it, too.

I write YA fantasy and my debut novel is now out! Check out Henrietta The Dragon Slayer on Amazon US | Amazon UK and B&N. I’ve got an excerpt here and cool reviews here.

I talked earlier about the Bad Girl Archetype: We Love Her, We Hate Her, We Want to Be Her and Characteristics of a Kick-Ass Heroine Archetype. You could call them Part 1 and 2, if you want!

Today I continue my exploration of these Kick Ass Heroines that I love in books, movies and TV shows. Hence, part #3!


Because we women need, want, crave role models — women we can look up too!

I’ve switched my focus from Bad Ass to Kick Ass, an slight shift to focus away from the “bad” and all that word can mean and toward the “kick” part.

A Kick Ass heroine and archetype is one who takes action, kicks butt, and is fearless, bold, and often needs to be in charge.

Here’s some more of mine! I’d love to hear who your favorite kick ass heroines are!

Resident Evil-ExtinctionI have recently really enjoyed Alice in the Resident Evil movies. Maybe it has something to do with the actress Milla Jovovich. (I actually love all the kick ass roles she plays!) I love the theme of girl vs. the evil corporation and the quest for an Eden-like place in a world of zombies and very few humans.

Temperance Brennan play by Emily Deschanel

Temperance Brennan in the TV Show Bones played by Emily Deschanel

I’m addicted to the TV show Bones, and just love it for a lot of reasons, including the portrayal of the lead character, Temperance Brennan, or Bones, played by the brilliant and talented actress, Emily Deschanel. That she’s the lead, and brilliant and doesn’t hesitant to defend herself — for all these reasons I love her, and I identify with her. I love that Bones is the star of the show, and that she works with a brilliant team, including the sexy FBI agent, Seely Booth, played beautifully by David Boreanz.

Sarah Connor played by Linda Hamilton

Sarah Connor played by Linda Hamilton

One of my early idols is Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, in the Terminator movies, especially the second one, Terminator: Judgment Day. What biceps and attitude! She’s also a great example of kick ass heroine as mother. Her single-mindedness and willingness to do what it takes shines through. I admire her for that!

Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn

Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn

On to a few books! I’ve mentioned this book in an earlier post, but I need to mention it again within the contest of kick ass heroines. It’s Sharon Shinn’s Mystic and Rider. The heroine, the mystic Senneth, is mysterious, regal and powerful. She doesn’t hesitate to use her fire power for good yet is also burdened by her responsibilities to the kind. I admire her determination and how she allows herself to evolve. But I don’t want to tell you how. You’ll have to read the book!

Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan

Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan

Lastly, today, I’ll mention a book I dip into occasionally: Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World by Kathleen Ragan. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I love fairy tales. I’m deeply inspired by the ones I heard and read in my childhood. In fact, I was inspired to write my novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, because I didn’t see enough fearless girls in the tales of my childhood. Enjoy the extraordinary stories! And may more stories about fearless women and girls be shared with the world!

Who are your favorite kick ass heroines? And why do you love them?!

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  • Megg Jensen says:

    Right on Beth! I read & write YA fantasy also and there’s nothing like a strong female character.

    One of my all-time favs is Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon. I’ve read it five times and mainly because I just want to spend more time with Morgaine!!!!

  • First off, congrats on your new release! Sounds fantastic *pom pom swish*

    My favorite heroines are Ripley from Aliens, Clarice from Silence of the Lambs, Cat Crawfield from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and Rachel Morgan from the Morgan series.

  • Beth Barany says:

    Megg, Good one! I’d forgotten about her. Now I want to read The Mists of Avalon again; it’s been quite a while. I’ll check out your books too!

  • Beth Barany says:

    Nancy, thank you! I’m so proud of my new release! Thanks for your list of heroines. Some I know and others are new to me, like Rachel Morgan. Fun — more books for my TBR pile!

  • Kim Bowman says:

    Ok, I have to say it. One of my favorites is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. What guts!

  • Beth Barany says:

    Oh yes! Wonderful one! How could we forget Hermione! Thanks Kim!

  • I hated the alien movie, but loved Ripley in Alien two, when she gets her girl on when she fights the Alien Queen. “Get away from her, you bitch.”

    I love a kick ass heroine!


  • Beth Barany says:

    Janice: I’m with you. I can’t handle scary films like Aliens, but love Ripley! Rock on! Beth ~

  • […] But I haven’t always had such wonderful role models. (I share some of my favorites on my blog here: […]

  • Beth Barany says:

    We love Kick Ass heroines! Like Henrietta The Dragon Slayer!

  • Pamela says:

    I think I go back to a series that was already ‘old’ when I was a girl…The Avengers. I think Emma Peel was the epitome of the kick-ass heroine. She was brilliant, brave, resourceful. She knew how to do what was ‘right’ (I don’t necessarily agree that a kick-ass heroine should automatically disregard the opinions of elders or those ‘in charge’…a really great leader knows how to take orders as well as how to give them) and the woman really could ‘kick’ 🙂

    I also love the heroine in Avatar (the movie) Now there is a woman who knew how to fight for what she believed in. And I totally agree about Bones.

  • Mary M Van Everbroeck says:

    Saving Grace TV series and Doris Day as Calamity Jane and one of my favorites, The story of Gladys Aylward, a maid, played by Ingrid Bergman in the Movie, “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”

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