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?

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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