Having grown up with over 30,000 books in my personal collection, shortlisting a top five of female characters from romances was always a challenge, and yet, here are my top five with no offence to the hundreds I missed out on:

Hermione Granger (from the Harry Potter universe by J.K. Rowling)

The perfect example of beauty with brains. Hermione isn’t someone from a romance novel, but I have had a big crush on her since childhood (and still do), and for me, she is as romantic as romantic gets. Hermione’s ‘out of the box’ thought process and to-die-for confidence make her my numero uno femme fatale. Despite being a muggle-born, she is better at magic than most purebloods. I wanted her to end up with Harry, but strange are the ways of love. Ron seems like a good choice to balance her out. Hermione taught me that nothing is impossible if you have set your heart on it.

I couldn’t ever imagine anyone as her than Emma Watson, and I have set my heart to meet her at least once in my life. Now, let’s see if her lesson helps!

Louisa Clark (Me Before You by Jojo Moyes)

Will Traynor’s nurse and lady love Louisa is the perfect example of a woman who will do anything for the man she loves, including honouring his wish to die. Her equation with Will Traynor is almost dream-like, yet real enough to be believed. Her character is relatable yet complex enough to make you brood over her actions. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I don’t think that’s going to change how I see Louisa Clark.

Mare Barrow (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard)

Mare is like a phoenix from the ashes and makes her own decisions, no matter the consequences. In this series, where people are divided by their blood types, she is unique — with her red blood with silver magical powers. She isn’t perfect and her flaws make her seem more human. A true fighter, even when the lightning in her goes out, she is bold and doesn’t bend to challenges. But love is the only challenge she will bend for.

Holly Kennedy (P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern)

From one of my all-time favourite authors, Holly is everything that stands for the emotion-led entities we humans are. At her most vulnerable state, Holly shows exemplary courage by learning to let go, and her entire journey of doing the same makes her an endearing character. Her equation with her late husband is fabulous and the scene where she searches for his presence by smelling his shirt is forever etched in my heart.

Theresa Osborne (Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks)

A single mother who is divorced, Theresa is an unconventional romance character. What appealed to me was her passion to find out the person behind the message she encounters on a beach vacation. She is everything we are when in love — confused, anticipating something, yet not knowing what it is. She’s a beautifully etched character who brings out intense emotions in the reader. She taught me it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.



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