Top 15 Favorite Classic Literary Heroines

Twentieth Century Fox surveyed 1,000 adults in the UK asking them who was their all-time favorite classic literary heroine to mark the DVD release of Far from the Madding Crowd. And of course, the charming and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet was crowned first place. Check out the other heroines that made the list:

Elizabeth Bennet, (Jennifer Ehle) BBC 1995
Elizabeth Bennet, (Jennifer Ehle) BBC 1995




1. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice (1813) Jane Austen




2. Miss Marple – Miss Marple – (1927) Agatha Christie 


Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) BBC Films, 2011
Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) BBC Films, 2011




3. Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre – (1847) Charlotte Bronte 





4. Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With the Wins (1936) Margaret Mitchell





5. Jo March – Little Women (1880) Louisa May Alcott



6. Eponine – Les Miserables (1862) – Victor Hugo

7. Arwen- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (first published 1954) J. R. R Tolkien

8. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) Thomas Hardy



9. Catherine Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights (1847) Emily Bronte 

10. Galadriel – The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings (1937) J. R. R. Tolkien


11. Anna Karenina – Anna Karenina (1877) Leo Tolstoy





12. Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby (1925) F. Scott Fitzgerald




13. Bathsheba Everdene – Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) Thomas Hardy





14. Becky Sharp – Vanity Fair (1848) William Makepeace Thackeray




Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) BBC 2009
Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) BBC 2009



15. Emma – Emma (1815) Jane Austen






What literary heroines would you add on the list?

Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

7 thoughts on “Top 15 Favorite Classic Literary Heroines

    1. I love almost everyone in this list. I see many familiar characters and others from books in my to-read shelves. One heroine I would have loved to see in this list is Hester Prynne from the Scarlet Letter. That woman stuck with me since the first time I’ve read that book.

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